Monday, September 9, 2013

Good news~~sort of....

As I have now had a few more procedures in the past week I thought I would share the tentative results. I had an ultrasound last Thursday for the breast lump. I got a call on Friday from the Rapid access Breast Clinic saying the radiologist wanted it redone to have a look himself. Luckily he agreed to book that for right after my thyroid biopsy today. Both procedures are now done with  the biopsy of the two thyroid nodules much more invasive. He said I have a small thyroid and it took two goes to get enough material for pathology from the one on the left~~he said the carotid artery is close. The second nodule is near an artery that goes to the brain. Well I am here to tell the tale so all went well and it will be about a week for pathology results though the radiologist seemed to think nothing bad will come of it. He then did the breast ultrasound and says to come back in 6 months. I was not too happy with that but he said he would biopsy it if I wanted but there would be a chance of infection and no way I need that possibility right now with the tissue expander still in. BTW, he thought it was an implant and was impressed by how good it looks. I see my plastic surgeon on the 18th and will ask him what he thinks about the lump.

So now it is up to me to relax and get back on the road to recovery. It has gone backwards in my estimation with all the tightening of the surgical site due to more scar tissue from radiation but I guess that is how it is. More stretching, yoga, walking and physio and I will hope for the best.

I am off to Las Vegas Friday to spend a long weekend in a huge mansion (VRBO) complete with pool and waterside and lovely outdoor and indoor areas. I am meeting 15 virtual friends from the breast cancer site I have been part of since diagnosis. We have all gone through very similar treatments over the same time period and now we will move from virtual to reality! For me and I suspect all of us, this is a much needed break and chance to share our stories. It will be 100F most days and I suspect will remind me of Saudi Arabia. 

There is one more piece of good news~~my Nepal trek/tour is full! It is very exciting for me to have that to look forward to and honestly no matter what happens I will be there!


  1. Oh Marian! So much to deal with. I am glad that your doctor didn't think the bump was something he needed to be too concerned about. I will be sending good thoughts into the universe regarding your biopsy results. I can't wait to meet you on Friday!!! It will be so much fun to just be with women who understand. Sending love!

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