Wednesday, November 20, 2013
5 years since mastectomy
five years since surgery!
it's been absolutely wonderful not wearing a bra for five years!
i remember the morning of surgery, my son james and i arrived at the hospital very early. we were walking through the parking lot attached to the hospital, and i said, "well, this is the last time my boobs will be in this parking lot." and he said, "i wouldn't be too sure. they might be wheeling 'em out of here pretty soon." so the day started off with a big laugh.
i remember waking up after surgery and my two sons were right there next to me in the hospital room, holding my hands.
and the night ended with laughing so hard my stomach hurt, when james spent the night with me in the hospital room and we were debating who had it worse, me with the surgery and upcoming chemo and radiation or him trying to quit smoking.
i am so grateful for these past five years without recurrence. although it's a milestone, i will actually breathe a sigh of relief on july 5, 2014, five years since end of treatment. i never, ever thought five years could pass without recurrence. what a gift. i'm so grateful to dr. michelle chu and her brilliant surgery, and to bobbi gillis, my nurse navigator, who helped me in so many, many ways. and i'm so grateful to my sons and friends and the farm for making these last five years some of the best of my life.