6 Down, 2 To Go

What a busy week.

We have our surgeons.
Tuesday, we decided that Dr. Barber will do my double mastectomy, some time around Sept 20. Medically, this surgery means no radiation and a 2% or 5% chance of recurrence, depending on the make-up of the tumor.  Psychologically, it is the best choice for me.  He will also biopsy the lymph nodes closest to the tumor (we know that 1 was positive in February) and remove those, and then the lymph nodes under my armpit, if necessary (we don’t expect the latter).  And he’ll remove my port.

During the same surgery, Dr. Woods, a ringer for George Stephanopoulos, will do reconstruction by inserting tissue expanders.  Every two weeks following the surgery, the expanders get inflated until Iwe are happy with the size (insert joke here).  Then the expanders are replaced by implants in a second surgery.

The list of accolades these doctors have received over the years is long.  We’re happy to have them.

Taxol #2
When we arrived for labwork yesterday, the check-in guy said, “It’s the Stair People!”  I walked the stairs first this time, so only one blood draw.  Less drama, but still a 10-hour day.  A visit from my college roommate helped break it up.  Today at 5:30pm, I go back for the Neulasta shot.

Happy KidsIn the meantime, our kids are doing great and are happily occupied at nature camp.  Many thanks to Mrs. Abraham and the Lober family for taking care of them afterwards on our long days this week – they loved every minute with you.

On those same days, we came home to fresh flowers and meals from friends and neighbors.  Such a boost for us.  And I absolutely love the comments on this blog and the heartfelt (and funny!) cards.  It all makes me feel that my family isn’t alone in this.  Priceless.

Hair loss, 5 days after 1st TaxolFinally, I do still have hair.  Tiny ponytail, big part.

We can see the finish line!


  1. What a precious picture of Sam and Sara and their “friends”. Accolades to each of the 4 of you. Your friends and neighbors are great too. So good that they care deeply for you and your family. But then, I know you all have earned their love and friendship.
    I pray every night that all will be well with you by the end of September. Hugs and love, Aunt Edna

  2. And for the tiny pony tail!

  3. YEA!! for the finish line.