Friday, 21 November 2014

Surgery Take 2

I went back under the knife yesterday, it didn't run as smoothly as the first surgery.
I had to be at the hospital by 9am which meant I wasn't allowed any food after 12pm on Wednesday night and couldn't drink anything after 7am. I was eventually wheeled into theatre at 12:30.
The anaesthetist took two goes at getting the needle in and created a couple of bruises, the last time I had an intern and she was brilliant.
When I woke afterwards I had a massive headache and felt nauseous, last time I didn't experience either. The student nurse pumped a bag of fluids through, but I couldn't have anymore painkillers until after 5:30. I have had very little pain from the incision, just a bit of discomfort.
I'm home now, resting, drinking plenty of water and a few doses of panadol. 
So what's next, in about 4 weeks I'll start chemo, you'll probably get to see a bald me, wonder what my noggin will look like? 

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The aftermath

Well I recovered nicely from surgery, was a bit sore but only really needed panadol for the ache.
My pathology results indicate it was a Grade 2, 11mm invasive ductile carcinoma, my lymph node was relatively clear however I am HER2 positive. HER2 positive is the issue here, it means I have high levels of protein in my cells which means there's a higher likelihood of it coming back. The treatment involves 3 months chemo, 12 months of Herceptin and radiation. Bugger!  The results also showed some of the cancer cells were on the outer side of the margin so back to surgery next Thursday to take a bit more out. Bugger! 
I have to miss a trip with Helen to Melbourne for Quilt Market, Double Bugger! But you bet I will be there next year!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Surgery is over

Well the surgery is over, it wasn't too bad. The damn spot, as I call it, is out now. I'm a wee bit sore but wanted to let you all know I am doing fine. My hubby took this picture just before I went in.
So what next, I wait and see what my results are from the lymph node biopsy and that will determine my treatment. Fingers crossed I only need radiation treatment.
Thank you for all your well wishes. 

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Temora Traveller

I've been stitching lately to keep my mind off health matters and it really helps to calm a busy mind but you don't need me to tell stitchers that.
So I've been clamming and hexing to make the Hugs 'n Kisses Temora Traveller Bag, such a cute little project bag. I'm leaving out the main embroidery, instead using a print for the background, inspired by the Belle's version show on Helen's Blog.

I can't wait to start putting it together.
Thursday 30th October is the day I go in for surgery so I am a wee bit anxious about that but it's necessary and until then I will stitch like mad on this project and whatever else takes my fancy.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Boobie Awareness

...and this month I have discovered I too have become one of those affected. It's not all bad news though I have caught it really early and is treatable. I will face surgery soon.
I can only praise what a great service BreastScreen Tasmania provide, it was picked up during my recent routine mammogram, I can't even feel it, so I am very lucky.
The staff at BreastScreen say only 58% of women use this service, it should be alot more, it's free and can save your life. So don't be scared ladies, for a couple of minutes being uncomfortable it may save your life too.
As for me I am coping with the diagnosis well, yes I shed a few tears but they were mostly out of relief knowing it's treatable. I have a great supportive team of family and friends I can lean on and to keep me positive,
So ladies know your boobies and if you notice any changes get them checked out and if you're eligible for a free screening go and do it!