Wednesday, October 04, 2006


The surgeon's office called today; we're on for the lumpectomy on the 24th. I have to be way the heck up in Phoenix at oh-dark-thirty (not really, but close), so I called one of my girlfriends to see if she could drive me up. She said yes, of course, after getting over the initial shock of the news.

Telling people about this is getting harder and harder. I've just had too much stuff happen to me. At a certain point, it approaches embarassing, and I'm just about there.

I've told two of the three teachers that need to know just in case the kids get freaked out a bit, although I'm hopeful that they won't. Horrifically, they are used to Mom going for procedures and stuff, so this shouldn't be a big deal to them. At least I'm trying to keep it low key.

I've found the best way to get the news out -- because there is no good way to say it -- is to answer the usual social-noise "How are you?" with a "Not so good," or maybe just "Eh." That opens the door to the actual news, which is the pending lumpectomy.

And whenever I tell anyone, they are always uniformly sweet and kind and supportive, and that always makes me want to cry.

I wish I could just sleep until it's time to go, and sleep until I'm healed. Then I could wake up feeling terrific and ready to get on with life. But there's no sense in arguing with Reality, so I won't.

(Will the biopsy report come tomorrow? I don't even know if I want to know. It's benign, it's benign, it's benign...please?)

1 comment:

Tracey said...

I am I feel for you regarding the biopsy news. On the one hand you WANT to know so you can begin planning your future one way or the other, but on the other hand, you certainly don't want to get "the bad news".

I think you are doing a great thing by going for the lumpectomy. Even though I did just go through a cancer scare recently, I think the fact I took care of my issue way back when I did and they got good margins has kept me safe for eight years (I just hit my anniversary today! Oct 4, 1998 was my first operation.)

I hope that one way or the other, you'll blog about the results so we can continue to be of some support to you as you go through this.

As for the actual surgery being a ways off, maybe you can take this time to do a few projects around the house, etc. that will keep you busy and will be done so you can lay up and heal when the time comes. Keeping busy during this time can be very helpful. I can't tell you how many times I purged my closets, deep cleaned my house or baked up a storm before stuff like this.