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Posted 2018-03-30T02:41:52Z

Post-surgery Pathology Results

Julie is still recovering well from her surgery. The pathology results showed that her surgery was successful in excising all the cancer. That's good news. However, because this type cancer is so notorious for recurrences, her oncologist is recommending an addition round of chemotherapy, to reduce the odds of a recurrence. Even that doesn't guarantee there will not be a recurrence, it just helps reduce the odds. We are currently considering our options on making that decision. Thank you all for your support.[...]

Posted 2018-03-19T01:25:20Z

A Late Update

I have to apologize for not posting for a's been a bit busy. After my last post, we did go back to the pain management team, as planned, to see if they could do anything more to reduce Julie's pain. They did a second nerve block, but it didn't help. Two days after that nerve block, I had to hospitalize her again for the excruciating pain. This time she was in the hospital for a week. The pain management team did a radiofrequency ablation, which is an attempt to burn (kill) the nerves that are transmitting the pain to her brain. It was only partially effective, but it did help. They did change, and increase, her pain meds. Between the ablation, and the pain med change, we were able to keep the pain manageable enough to make it to her surgery date without another hospitalization. She finally had her mastectomy this past Friday, the 16th. She got out the next day, on Saturday (yesterday). She made it through the surgery just fine, and while she is in some pain, she is doing well so far. Everything looked good during the surgery, but we now have to wait a week or ten days to get the final pathology report. That will tell us whether or not she will need any additional treatment. That's gonna be a long wait. I'll let y'all know when we get the results. Thank you all for your continued support and positive thoughts![...]