So I came home on Saturday, October 14th. My cousin Kelly had been here since Tuesday the 10th. Sadly, she had to leave the Saturday I came home to head back to Missouri. She is more like my sister than my cousin. I sure wish we lived closer but I sure do enjoy our time when we do get to see each other.
The shirt I have on is made for mastectomy patients to hold the drain bottles and tubes. It has special pockets made on the inside that the little bottle goes in so that you do not have to pin the tubes to your close and risk pulling on them! The hospital gave me a black shirt and my friend that I had ask you all to pray for back in April or early May, loaned me 3 more of these shirts. They make walking around with drain tubes connected quite easy.
Kelly left Saturday, but my friends from back home, Joyce and Terry arrived on Saturday to stay and help me out until Tuesday. I was glad they came! Joyce loves cleaning house, so guess what she did Monday morning? She cleaned my house and I could smell the bleach! It smelled so clean!!
Joyce and Terry were youth workers when I was in youth group many, many, many years ago. They became like family to me. I was so excited when she told me she wanted to come over and help out when I had my surgery.
Since I knew they were coming and my cousin was coming I planned it where they would not be here at the same time and I would have help for a little longer! I ended up having help for almost a week! That was so good!!
Joyce and Terry left Tuesday morning. I was so sad to see them go. To be honest, by Wednesday morning, I was in tears wanting Joyce to come back over to help me. So many tears, Keith actually called her and she talked to me. I knew she could not hop back in her car that day and come over but I wanted her to. She has been a best friend to me and at times even a mom figure to me for close to 35 years probably. We may not see each other that often and may go long periods of time with no phone calls because we all just get busy, but it is just something about those lifelong friends that God gives us that are there at the drop of a hat.
I know my sweet E missed them because Terry would play cards with her at the drop of a hat! She loved that!!!
Not long after they left I received a phone call from Dr. G., my surgical oncologist. She was calling me to tell me she had received the pathology results and that there was no signs of cancer! They could see where the chemo had done what it was supposed to do to the cancer cells that had been there but there was no longer any cancer cells! PRAISE THE LORD!!! Y’all now I can call myself a SURVIVOR! I will do a whole post on this. I still tear up when I think about it. Even as I am typing this I have tears in my eyes!!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all your prayers!!!
I went to the doctor on Thursday and Dr. K (my plastic surgeon) took out 2 of the 4 drain tubes!! There was one that was very painful when we would “strip” them, which that happens twice a day. That is really just running two fingers down the tube to keep it from getting stopped up, but one of the tubes must have been on a nerve and was very painful when we had to do that.
I will possibly get two more tubes out this week! I also have a follow up with my surgical oncologist next week.
I know this first surgery is over, but please continue praying that this UGLY cancer never comes back!
My surgical oncologist told me the more time passes by the less I will worry. I pray that is she is right. I had a pain in my side on Saturday night and Sunday night and my mind just went into overdrive. The past 6 (+) months I have reminded myself that God has got this! Luke 1:37 For nothing is impossible with God. I still have to remind myself that.
Thank you for walking this journey with us,