Monday, November 12, 2007

Monday Nov 12...

So many things have happened since this journey began on
October 25th. I can't believe all the decisions we've had
to make & all that will be coming.

Rich and I went for my pre surgery tests today..just two
vials of blood..and my nurse was so good..I barely felt
anything at all!!  Then on to the next place for 
chest X rays.

That took about 30 minutes from start to finish. woohoo, was that
good. We went for fruit smoothies cuz I couldn't eat today and
on to see the plastic surgeon
OH MY GOSH, his name is Glyn Jones, he's HANDSOME, and I thought he was
from the U.K, but I found he was raised in Zimbabwe.
(not a good pic of him)
Love his accent, his kind eyes , gentle hands and way
of making you feel lovely.

Rich said I'd have shown him my breasts even if he WASN"T a doctor.

ROFL, hubby is always hilarious!! and that is good .

So here's the deal . In the wee hours of Dec. 12th, ONE month from today,  I will go into
Order of St Francis Medical Center, at 7.40 AM I will received
my radioactive injection & about 2 hours later, my surgery 
will begin. 

Dr. Mammolito( here's a lil bio on her) will begin with a mastectomy, doing the lymph node biopsy
& then possibly doing a radical mastectomy (meaning taking the lymph nodes too)
This surgery should be about 1.5 hours

Then Dr. Jones team will take over for about 3.5 hours. Taking skin from my abdomen
to make a NEW right breast .  It's more than's muscle and fatty tissue..
Tis alot of surgery, anywhere from 3 to 5 days in the hospital,getting up the very next day, moving moving..keeping my strength and with meds and stocking and stuff to keep my legs from clotting.. coming home with tummy and 
breast drains and a catheter type pump with pain meds going in 24/7
and also an IV with meds too.  
The breast drains stay in about 5 days, the tummy drain 7-10 days.

I'll see the doctor on 12/20, so I have to get up and about. Hubby plans to take the 
day of the surgery off..and when I get home..he plans to take time off to 
take care of me AND his dad.  His decision to go back to work will depend on
my healing progress.

We counted the good things..
they are
1. New breast
2. Lift on the other breast
3. Tummy tuck..(thats where the new breast comes from)
4. Possibly curly hair after chemo
5. My eyelashes may grow back thicker.
6. Hubby has to wait on my 24/7 for a bit
7. I get out of all housework for at least a week.
8. I may loose weight

The bad things..we aren't counting, we ONLY want to look at the 

It's alot of surgery, but I think I need to make this the best it can
be ..get all healed, look younger and by Spring, I'll be gardening!!
I like that I'll have about 3 weeks to get ready for Christmas
and hopefully I'll be feeling little pain by Christmas. 
I hope to have my family here for Christmas breakfast.
can change in the blink of an eye and you'll never see it coming. 
 I hope
I can be a help and comfort to others. 
I can't believe what 
great attitudes Rich and I have been keeping. I thank God for
my dear hubby and all my loving family and friends.
My bestest friends, Marcia, Michele & 
are my heart and soul and I love you all so much!!

I may not post everyday now..until closer to surgery unless there
is something new in the wind.  Please pray for us real hard
on 12/12  when I begin my transformation.

I'm in such good hands..with AWESOME doctors
and an AWESOME God!!
 Living in the hometown of
Susan Komen, where the Komen Foundation began.
praise God!!
fondly, Deena


  1. I will definitely be thinking and praying for you on 12/12. You have a wonderful outlook and I feel that all will be well for you and your hubby. Keep in touch, Martha

  2. Oh goodness Deena, I can almost hear a little bit of relief coming from you to have so many of these decisions made and a date for the surgery scheduled. At least you know what the plan for (within reason) and that will hopefully help ease some of the anxiety. Fear of the unknown is one of the worst fears. (((((hugs)))))

    I'll keep you in my thoughts and in my prayers. It sounds like you are in the best possible hands ...

    With much love,

  3. I am so thankful you have such excellent doctors! What a blessing. Also, your husband is so funny and so supportive. I pray that all goes well on the 12th. I am so inspired by you as you are facing this. God bless you!

    In Him, Sharon

  4. Hi, Sharon told me about you and I want to tell you thankyou for being willing to share your thoughts as you go through all of this. I figure I will probably be facing this soon since I am 55 and it runs very very strongly in my family. My husband also had surgery for prostate cancer a little over a year ago and cancer certainly has a profound affect on your life and you end up seeing life through such different eyes. So I appreciate your willingness to share---keep sharing---give us your thoughts---be as frank as you can. Also I will keep you in my prayers, too. I love what you say about focusing on the positive things. Elizabeth George in one of her books talks about controlling our minds and how important it is to our mental health--it takes work, but it is so important. I did not realize how often I let my thoughts have free roam until I read her book---I did not really think about the importance of having right thoughts and controlling where I focus them until I read her book. I know there are times when we need to reflect and just pour out our feelings too. Well--keep sharing! Love and blessings upon you.

  5. I'm so sorry you are going through this. You are so brave and have a wonderful faith and excellent attitude. I will pray for you. God bless you, Kathi

  6. Just checking in Deena dear. There is some peace of mind to the tough decisions having been made. Your hubby is funny and caring. I'm glad to see that you have him by your side. I have a little daily talk with God about you.

  7. What a relief to know when your surgery will keep positive and take one day at a time, sissy!! Saying prayers over here!!
    Hugs to you!!

  8. What a way to get a lift and tuck. Consider it a reward for slogging through all this.

    Tell Rich no funny jokes while you are recovering. It will hurt to laugh. :)

    I would donate some of my tummy tissue but it might not be the same skin tone. Wait, I think I have enough for a few people there. LOL.

  9. I'm with Jan. I'd be glad to donate some extra belly skin and fat! You will have a whole team of prayer warriors on dec.12th.

  10. Great to hear all the decisions have been made positive thoughts winging their way from the other side of the world.
    Gentle hugz
    Jan Cotton NZ


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