I know I am long over due for an update with what is going on with me lately. I've been sending updates here and there on Instagram. Sometimes a quick social media update is much easier to share than writing a blog post. But here I am summarizing all that has been going on. If you're new to this blog and/or have no idea what I'm talking about, I shared this post a few months ago about what I am going through.
Before I begin, I just want to send a big thank you to everyone that has been supporting me. I couldn't be more grateful and blessed to be surrounded by so much love and support. Every prayer, positive energy, pick-me-up, and surprise gift mean the world to me. Thank you so so much from the bottom of my heart. It makes the fight so much easier. And a special thank you for all the cancer fighters and survivors who I've connected with. You all are amazing and brave individuals and have been a great source of inspiration.
|My hair is starting to grow back!! :)|
Last Friday, I had surgery. They removed 4 sentinel lymph nodes and ran a biopsy on those lymph nodes. This surgery would help my surgeons prepare for the bigger (major) surgery, determine if I can do immediate reconstruction, and also determine if radiation therapy is needed. The results of the biopsy also determine if my cancer has spread or not. Clinically, and based on test results (like the MRI), it had shown no signs of spreading. However, my doctors informed me that cancer cells can be so small that imaging tests may not be able to pick up on it. I just received the results of my sentinel lymph node biopsy from my surgeon the other day.
So now the big question, why am I going to be MIA? Well, this Friday I will be having a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. The amount of time to heal and recover is extensive. I will be in the hospital for a few days and the first couple weeks post-surgery are crucial. I really have to put my focus on recovering. Therefore, the only thing my surgeon wants me to do is binge watch on Netflix. I'm the kind of person who likes to be constantly doing something, so I have a feeling I will struggle with this a bit. I get bored so easily! So if you guys have any suggestions on TV shows and movies, please do share!
|During the mastectomy, they will run a full pathology report of all the breast tissues they will remove. They will determine if there are any dead or alive cancer cells and how well my body responded to treatments. I hope the results of this test will be in my favor. To be honest, I don't have the energy in me to do another round of chemo. It took a lot out of me and I am still adjusting to the changes chemo has done to my body and mind. I honestly think I am seeing the effects of "chemo brain".|
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this update. I know it is very long, but I have been open about my diagnosis from the beginning and I wanted to continue to be open. Thanks again for all your support. I look forward to reconnecting with you all soon!
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Pajama Pants: Target
Tre's shirt: Skreened
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