Home Sweet Home

What a week!  Surgery went well on Monday.  Monday is still a blur.  I know I arrived at the hospital with breasts and woke up with a spiffy new corset cradling my mounds.  

I had asked that the surgeon take a photo of my tumor.  I guess they don’t do that.  I was anxious to see what the beast looked like.  I imagine it had horns, big teeth and a ravenous appetite.  More than likely it was just a blob but I like to put a face to the name.  I did name my tumor but it is not politically correct and probably considered in poor taste.

The hospital stay was fun because of the drugs and all of the nice nurses.  I don’t recommend it if you are looking for a good nights sleep.  It is funny when they tell you how important it is to rest but then wake you up every hour around the clock.  There were plenty of wires, tubes and gadgets that needed checking.

It was so good to be released and get home yesterday.  I currently have 2 dogs acting as compression bandages on my mounds.  It is nice to be loved.  There are still hoses and tubes dangling out of me but so far none of the dogs have tried to eat them.   My daughter Tina is my nurse and takes her role seriously.  She is ever vigilant that I don’t lift or use my arms.  She even washed my hair.  Ahhh, life is good.

The pathology results are in and it is good news.  Clean margins and limited lymph involvement.  My left arm will be in a sling for awhile.

Chemo starts in 2 weeks.


  1. LOL i can only imagine what you named that tumor!! I’m glad your resting nicely and that you probably actually get to sleep at night now. Hospitals are a bit sadistic i think. they say, get some sleep. NOT!! turn you like a rotesery and wonder why your exhausted in the am. lol. Anyway i’m so glad that the results are so good! We know you can and will beat this. 🙂 WTG Tina. Daughters are wonderful help. Get strong, and ready for the chemo and who knows, maybe it will help the “tree” too?? Gentle hugs and continued prayers to you Gen. 🙂

  2. LOL.. **covers ears** I’m sure I’ve never ever heard the words Gen has named “it”..

    Great news on the path report.. only 2 nodes … do you know how many nodes they removed?

  3. So thrilled you have clean margins!! That is huge — as is the limited node involvement!! I have had three fibroadenomas removed from my breasts over the years. Since I was awake during one of the procedures, I did ask to look at the tumor. It was bigger than I thought (maybe 3-4cm) and looked much like a cocktail shrimp (of the 20-30 count size.) Glad to know your tumor is defeated – the little effer – and that you are in such good hands! xo Lorraine

    • That is a fantastic website, and I love the way the cancer cell gets consumed. Did you check out their ebola and mad cow? Very clever!

  4. Hi, Gen.
    It’s great to hear that you’re home again – – – and that Tina is on your case about you behaving yourself.

    It’s also good news about the clean margins. Great stuff. Stay positive, Lady. You’ll be just great.


    You have a wonderful day. Best wishes. Deas.

  5. Woo hoo Gen…good news all around.
    Clean margins…LIKE
    Limited lymph involvement…LIKE
    Tina’s on your butt, well, actually you are but you know what I mean…LIKE
    Dogs haven’t played with their new toys…LIKE
    Another dog kudo as in they’re great compression pups…LIKE
    Whatever the name for the tumor and however baaad it is…LIKE
    Welcome Home Gen!

  6. I had a lumpectomy on 1/03/13. Finished radiation with flying colors. Now into chemo, Very tiring, but nice cushy loungers to lean back in & sleep. My biggest complaint: no taste! Losing weight, which I needed to do, but this way??? Earlier this week, I had a western egg sandwich for supper & finished it when I got home. Bit into a little bit of green pepper. WOW! I could TASTE it! Just sat there & giggled! Good luck, gal, we’ll get through this together.

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