I will be admitted at 9 am. At 11 I have a radio active dye injected into my right breast just above the nipple to help my surgeon locate my sentinel nodes. If you are wondering what sentinel nodes are, my visual may help you. I keep thinking of my lymph nodes like a bee hive. And the Queen bee are my sentinel nodes. They are the lymph nodes that get all the garbage dumped at them first, all the garbage that comes off my chest. So the dye, theoretically would show the Doc where the cancer would spread to first. They pull these guys out and any others that feel hard to the touch. As hard ones, would indicate possible cancer. They would then biopsy them and I will know within a few days if they have cancer.
The thing that I have been bracing myself with all day, (I have to think of the possible bad outcomes so I am protected) is that they know of one node that was a few weeks ago 1.5cm's. That isn't a small size. So, if that isn't one of my sentinel nodes, that would possibly (all the possibilities of life-you gotta love them) indicate that the cancer has moved to other nodes and other places. I read in Susan Loves The Breast that the scans I have done only detect chunks of cancer. And when I remember my surgeon saying that they won't know if they got all the cancer, that is why I have to do Chemo. Oh! I just do a doozie on myself. Putting stats together that may very well not belong together and I just have to reign in those horses. So, you see, I am worried that the cancer is traveling around.
The feeling when my Oncologist palpated those big node was a horrible icky, finger nails scratching to the tenth degree, painful and icky. So, I want that thing out of me. Today I called both my surgeon and Oncologist to confirm that they both know about that darn node and I want it out.
My mother in law is here and will be for a few days. I mistakenly told my Dad and my sis that I wanted them to come later, and today I realized I wanted them here. This was a little too late. I have been focusing on how sick I may be with Chemo, and wanted them here then. What I didn't get until today, is that this is HUGE what I am going through, and them coming here is different than just coming to visit. I have to stop worrying about inconveincing them but the fact is is that We all need to need each other now. This cancer effects everyone in our families.
My poor Dad finally brought himself to reading my blog. The pain he must be going through, I feel for you Dad. I can't wait to understand the depth of loving a child, like you love me. Speaking of, not only have I been getting ready for surgery all day, I also gave myself my FIRST fertility SHOT! I was able to do it, and it didn't hurt at all. I am going to try to get some sleep. I can't eat or drink anymore tonight or in the morning. I am really scared to finally know what they can find out about this cancer. It is doubly scary having something that they are unable to know exactly what this cancer is about. The positive note, my statistics will help some new woman my age next year, with hers.