I had my surgery on March 13th and stayed two nights at Lutheran Hospital in Denver. When I awoke after surgery, my chest felt so tight I could hardly breathe. Taking full and deep breaths was excruciating but I was encouraged to try to take them anyway. I had so many cords hanging from my limbs and torso that it was difficult to identify one from another. To make matters worse, I couldn’t lie down in any other position than flat on my back with my arms at my sides, surely not my favorite sleeping position.
Getting up and down felt nearly impossible the first day. The pain was really intense. My whole chest felt extremely tight and sore from the expanders that were placed underneath the breast muscle to begin the expansion process. The expanders will continue to be filled slowly over several months until I feel comfortable with the size. Then they’ll be left in for another month or two to make room for the final implants.
I was glad to get out of the airless hospital room today and be back in my own bed.
While in surgery, Dr Brew removed the sentinel node from both breasts and found some rogue cancer cells in my lymph nodes on the right side that she also removed. According to the pathology repors I received this morning, the cancer was completely gone from my breast area. What that means for me is that I never have to worry about having a recurrence of breast cancer, something I always thought inevitable given my family history.
Friends In Community
Thank God for my sweet friends, Diana and Faith, for volunteering to come help take care of me during the next few weeks of recovery. (Even though Diana lives in NYC, she is part of my ‘tribe.’ Diana has been helping me with practically EVERYTHING from getting up to use the bathroom, to reaching for a glass of water and to cooking all my meals. I will have another friend come for a second week to help me as much as I need.
I look forward to the time when I can walk freely and move my arms again. I also hope that my breasts don’t look “fake.” Apparently, current mastectomy procedures are much improved in creating more natural looking breasts after a mastectomy.
I’m also grateful to have friends like Diana and Faith as well as a whole community od people surrounding me who truly care for each other and for elevating the consciousness of unity among people on the planet. My prayer for all those people suffering in the world who have no help or someone to care about them is:
Lord, please help the suffering people to find their way out of this suffering, once and for all.
What is your prayer for the people suffering all over the world? Please share it.
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