Oh what a feeling, dancing on the ceiling – these Lionel Richie lyrics accurately describe my feelings right now.
As some of you already know I saw my breast surgeon yesterday for the pathology results from my surgery – they were as follows
1. the lump in my left breast was definitely a non cancerous fibroadenoma – whew!!!!
2. that she had only removed 10 lymph nodes from my right arm pit which very large and she said almost gave the appearance of two lymph nodes joined together (double lymph nodes) . all 10 were negative!!!!!
that in the sectioning of my breast they had done at present they cannot find any trace of the cancer!!!!
They are resectioning to double check so this isnt totally official yet but at the moment there is no evidence of cancer!!!!!!!
What does this mean ? – It means if the recheck comes back clean as well I am officially in remission or NED (no evidence of disease). I was not expecting such a outcome at this stage – I was sure some of my nodes would still be positive and that there would still be a small amount of cancer in my breast. but that they had got clear margins around it.
Part of the reason I didn’t post this news last night is that a) Iwas having a glass or two of champagne to celebrate and b) because I had the oncologist visit today, I could clarify what it meant in terms of treatment and prognosis
This according to Dr H is what it means. – yes I’m in remission as long as the recheck comes back clean. The chances of me having recurrences and metastases is very much reduced. There cannot be a certainty that there will not be secondary cancer by the cancer cells migrating elsewhere but the fact that the chemo and radiation had such a good effect on my breast – it is hopeful that the chemo also killed the microscopic cells which may have just been about to set up house elsewhere in my body.
The other thing that came out of today’s appointment is that I will be stopping the herceptin in August,when I will have had my years worth. When I was originally diagnosed there was a possibility that Dr H would keep me on Herceptin longer – but because I have had such a good response we will stop it at the year.
In view of my “Is the war over?” post, Gertrude has not only surrendered but we have totally annihilated her troops!!! Victory is most definitely ours!!!
Yesterday I couldn’t stop smiling, while I was with BS all I kept saying was WOW!!! It is just such a huge relief to have this sort of news. I wanted to dance and jump around for joy but my surgery wouldnt allow me to so that – but man, was I dancing on the inside.
Now I just need to concentrate on recovering from my surgery – this will take another couple of weeks. I have signed up for “Pink Pilates” which is a programme that was started in Central Auckland but is now nationwide including a South Auckland provider who is only 2-3km away from where we live. This is a combination of exercise programme , physiotherapy and other welllness techniques to aid full recovery from surgery and treatment.
This will hopefully mean that by the time we go to Australia at the end of June my fitness should be really good and I should have no lingering effects from surgery.
This brings me to what will become of this blog if I am in remission. This blog was primarily set up to help keep people informed of my progress in fighting Gertrude. With Gertrude gone – should I carry on? I think there is a place for this blog to let you know how I am doing in the recovery phase and as I discover how to live my life again. Things will never be the same as they were before Gertrude and you are welcome to travel with me as I discover the whole new world out there.
Thank you for all your support thus far