The good news: when I went in for my second “fill” today, I was able to have one of my JP drains removed. Here I am, happily saying goodbye to it:
The length of tubing stretching from the open end in my left hand to the fingers of my right was what was inside my body–yikes. Makes we wonder where, exactly, it all wound around.
So that’s the good news. But the BEST news is this: my pathology reports from surgery came back, and I am officially cancer-free! They found NO cancer cells in either breast or in lymph nodes. None. Nada. Zilch. Hooray!
Receiving the report makes for a great start to the new year. This is me enjoying a celebratory Starbucks. Cheers!
I will still undergo radiation treatments, as one final precautionary push-back against the possibility of local recurrence in the skin or area lymph nodes. Radiation will start in another three weeks or so. In the meantime, drain #2 will likely come out within the week (which may, on its own, be enough to warrant a second celebratory latte!).
There are no guarantees; there never are in life. But in this context, on this journey, today’s news is genuinely as good as it gets. I am humbled and deeply grateful.
Please celebrate with me by hugging someone you love, and telling them how much they mean to you. Happy, happy new year, all!
Coming soon: more thoughts on hair, an homage to husbands, and some new ideas for doing good to feel good in 2017. Thanks as always for reading!