After A Double Mastectomy

Faith is my Anchor       and my friend

Faith is my Anchor
and my friend

Health Update

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.

Good News

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

Diana Blue My Best Friend of 35 yrs.

Diana Blue
My Best Friend fro 35 yrs.

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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8 Responses to After A Double Mastectomy

  1. Kate Tenney March 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    The light of God surrounds them, the love of God enfolds them, the presence of God watches over them, wherever they are – God is. God holds, God helps, God heals.

  2. Matthew Tenney (your bro) March 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Mybeloved sister, or Karoo for short.

    I was so sorry to hear of the cons=dition in which you found yourself when you woke up from surgery. Things are bad enough and I hope they gave you something for the pain. But I know you to be a strong and yet sometimes, quite fragile creature, and if Diana would like a break, I could hop a plane and be out there the next day. I would love to tke care of you but I am not a registered nurse and I might simply put, get on your nerves.

    Anyway, jusy kow that I am there with you in mind, and spirit, and may God’s precious light shine down upon you, radiate all around you and shine from within you outward to the world through your love and giving nature.

    I love you so dearly, and wish you the most wonderful, surprising, and miraculous recoveries and some soft, supple, yummy new brasts that are extra hot as a result of some radical tattoos and some super hot nipples sims that make walking around nude, walking on the nude beaches of Colorado a total head turner.

    But most of all, a rich and long life to my blessed sister. Please never leave me alone in this world by myself. I just don’t know where I would be without you. My undieing love, Matt

  3. Kathleen Simmers March 18, 2013 at 3:19 am #

    I pray that everyone finds their way to God at the soonest possible moment. With Him all senseless suffering can come to and end.

  4. Karen Solomon March 20, 2013 at 7:09 am #

    Congratulations for making it to the other side of your mastectomies, and for getting such a good pathology report! You so clearly describe the experience I remember all too well….that tightness is really something. I am grateful to have had a morphine pump! Helped the time go by fast during those first 48 hours. I never did get used to sleeping on my back either!

    I promise the healing is not as tough as you might imagine from those first few days. I imagine you’ll be able to take walks and function fairly normally within a week or so. I’m so glad you have dear women friends to take care of you! I look forward to tracking your experience and am open to talk any time.

  5. Moriana Bubar March 29, 2013 at 1:15 am #

    I pray that the suffering people feel God caring for them and know that He is always with them. It is very heart-warming to read your update. Thinking of you. Lots of love, Moriana

    • Karen Tenney April 9, 2013 at 8:14 am #

      Thanks so much, Moriana. Nice to hear from you.

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