David and i wish to thank everyone who has sent encouraging messages, cards, and gifts! It was wonderful to have Erica, Aaron and Aidric here the first post surgery days. The past 2 weeks David has been able to rest and begin the recovery process. In some ways all the initial snow was a blessing as it kept us quietly at home.
Still, we left on Sunday, February 10 and spent the night in Seattle to avoid the new snowfall. We stayed at The Marriott, 2 blocks from SCCA was booked with many nurses and docs who were not traveling home! Late Monday afternoon, we rode the Edmonds ferry with about 30 other cars and made it safely home before dark. David parked at the top of Blue Hill Ct and we walked down the hill.
At the 2/11 appointment, the nurse removed David's drains and we learned the details of the 7 page final pathology report. Here's the short summary. The report showed clear margins on his right breast. As we learned after surgery, On the right breast, 2 sentinel nodes were removed and they showed no macro metastases. One small tumor was removed. This is considered Grade 1 breast cancer on the right. On the left side, a slightly larger tumor was removed - Grade 2 cancer. The margins were also clear. One sentinel node was removed with micro metastasea. Four other sentinel noes were removed - none with macro metastases or isolated tumor cells.
Part of the tissue removed from the left breast is being examined with the genomic test to see if chemotherapy would be helpful to reduce chance of breast cancer reoccurrence. David has an appointment of March 4 with his oncologist to discuss that test result and make decisions about radiation/chemo. So we are still in the waiting game. David is up and about but still recovering. No raising his arms above his shoulders and no lifting more than a half gallon of milk.
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