As Andrea continues to follow the plan that her doctors outlined (almost a year ago) she'll be having a hysterectomy on Friday. As many of you may recall, Andrea has the gene mutation that causes her to be susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer.....so on a precautionary note she/we decided to have the hysterectomy performed to lessen the chances of her having to deal with this issue further down the road. It was a conscious, well-thought choice that she/we made based on the facts that we've learned along this journey. The surgery on Friday may be an in/out procedure or it may result in Andrea being in the hospital for 3-4 days. The timeline will be determined during the surgery based on the surgeon's ability to complete the hysterectomy without any challenges presented by the scar tissue that exists from one of Andrea's previous surgeries. So while there's a bit of uncertainty (with the length of her stay) Andrea is in really good shape going into the surgery and we are all optimistic about an event-free procedure. Now - with all of that said, and with all of the optimism that I try to write into these posts - there have been a wide variety of challenges along the way. Andrea's blood tests have shown a wide variety of chemical imbalances (all along). From magnesium and potassium level issues to kidney concerns and anemia; from skin rashes and fatigue to occasional sleeplessness.....Andrea has been beyond amazing with her positive attitude and her resilience. She's literally fighting for her life and all-the-while trying so hard to not appear to be complaining. If I sound proud it's because I am. Andrea is amazing.
If you get a chance, please reach out and wish her well. I know that it would mean a lot to her.