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Surgery tomorrow

Sunday, October 13, 2019

This summer I went for a routine mammogram, and for the first time ever, got notified that there was a “suspicious mass” on the film. After an ultra-sound and a biopsy, it turned out that I have stage 1 breast cancer. My doctors have been very encouraging and are talking about curing it, so I’ve been remaining positive. The tumor is very small, and nothing has shown up on the tests to indicate lymph node involvement. Tomorrow is my lumpectomy. After the surgery, I’ll need to have radiation treatments, but at this point, there’s nothing to indicate that I’ll need chemo, so all-in-all, things are looking pretty good. I had no idea that breast cancer treatment, even for very early stage like mine, was such a long, drawn out process of testing, procedures and specialists. Even though it's been hard not to be concerned, the scientist in me has also found it all rather fascinating.

I’ve also been so very impressed with my medical care givers. Everyone, from the doctors, technicians, to the nurses, have been kind and supportive. That’s really helped a lot. So, wish me luck, fellow Sparkers. If all goes well, by this time tomorrow I’ll be back home minus just a very small part of me that I sure can do without!
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