So. If you're keeping up with this here blog, you know that:
a) I found out almost two weeks ago that I had breast cancer
b) I had an MRI to see if there were still tumahs in za breasts and
c) I was thinking about getting a double mastectomy
What we've found out is this:
a) The MRI was clear. This isn't 100% b/c MRIs aren't all that dependable, there still could be cancer cells in there somewhere (the Ductal Carcinoma In Situ kind) but still, the MRI was clear. Ish.
b) I'll meet with an oncologist on Thursday. She'll be the one to set me up with genetic testing to see if I test positive for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene. Important for both myself and my daughters to know.
c) I'll have the double mastectomy on June 30th.
I will also have reconstructive surgery at the same time. Right after the general surgeon does his mastectomy thing, the plastic surgeon takes over and does his reconstructive thing. I sound like a medical journal, huh? I'm pretty sure they toss about the word "thing" too.
Reconstructive surgery is where the plastic surgeon places these little "expanders" behind my chest muscles, expanding the skin slowly over time to make room for future implants. It's a very lengthy process. The expanders are filled with saline and will have more and more saline injected every week or so. But, this saves me a whole surgery by combining the two. I probably won't be ready for the implants for 6 or more months.
As of yet, there is no talk of chemo. That may change when they start digging around in my lymph nodes and checking for cancer activity.
So, one chunk at a time. One procedure at a time. Until then, I'm buying smaller shirts.
P.S. Let me tell y'all about this awesome thing that my friend, Allison, started. You know those pink wristbands? The ones you can personalize? Well, she ordered a huge quantity and had them personalized to say PRAY FOR KEARSIE on one side and STRENGTH. FAITH. HOPE. along with a little breast cancer ribbon symbol.
ISN'T THAT SO AWESOME!?!?!