So so excited!! My two remaining drains were removed today, and I feel a lot more like a human and a lot less like an octopus. It’s fabulous. Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to endure the pain and get rid of those crazy things. And thank you, friends, for praying for me this week when I was in so much pain. Your prayers are honestly the only thing getting me through each day.
With drains, you basically need something with pockets that holds them close to your body so they don’t pull (so fun, right?). My friend, Aly, (whom I’ve deemed my cancer angel) gave me a tool belt apron, albeit a lot more stylish, when this journey began.
I didn’t understand the significance at first, but after wearing it EVERY DAY for 10 days, it eventually sunk in. And because I’m infamous for not cooking, Trevor made the comment that this was the first time in 19 years of marriage he’s ever seen me in an apron. I hope he took a picture because that’s also the last time he will ever see me in an apron. #hopehedoesn’tstarve
And as if getting the drains removed wasn’t good enough, I also got my pathology report back this week and it was great news. Praise the Lord!!!! There were no cancerous cells on my right side (the unaffected side) and only microscopic cells on my left side towards the top (or to be more frank, the “nip”).
If that made you nervous, I’d advise you to stop reading now. With all of my doctor’s visits, I’ve become unashamedly comfortable discussing private parts with strangers.
Awhile back, I talked about how overwhelmed I was on my first visit to the plastic surgeon’s office with all of the reconstruction options available. Most of those options had to do with whether or not you removed the nip (while I have no shame, I simply cannot bring myself to type the entire word) during the mastectomy. Ideally, you would keep everything you could, but only if it did not jeopardize your health. Dr. Grant was willing to try and spare the nip during my mastectomy, but once the path report came back and indicated cancerous cells were still present, he said we need to go ahead and get everything out. I wholeheartedly concur.
While I’m a little sad, the great news is that plastic surgeons can do amazing things these days to recreate what God gave us in the first place. It’s truly mind blowing. They can actually tattoo 3D nips which look pretty real. Ashley, my mom and I laughed today because Dr. Potter’s nurse told us of a genius tattoo artist named ‘Vinny’ that travels around the country doing this. Apparently his mother had breast cancer and he became passionate about turning something bad into something beautiful. Who doesn’t love that? Vinny frequently comes to Dallas, so I could make an appointment with him if I choose. And as sweet as that backstory is, I’m not gonna lie that this is what came to mind when I heard about Vinny…
I sure hope I’m wrong. I really don’t want to end up with a fire breathing dragon or a pegasus across my chest.
I inquired to the nurse about whether or not I should remove the opposite nip (since it wasn’t medically warranted) and she said the funniest thing: “If you do just one side, we can make them look like sisters. If you do both sides, we can make them look like twins.” Twins it is.
So…I will be having another surgery in the next week or so to remove the rest of the cancerous cells and then I can boldly say I’m cancer free!
There are three things in life I thought I’d never have – implants, tattoos and twins. I guess God has a clever way of surprising us, because if all goes according to planned, I’ll have all three before Christmas.
Until next time…much love to you all & make every day count,
“Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” Psalm 150:2,6