OK, I've taken a long rest and now it is time to get back to writing. The holidays have also come and gone and my tree and decorations are back in the garage. I have to admit, it was good to take a little break from it all. And by break....I mean any further reconstruction or plastic surgery. I still had my every three week Herceptin treatment and kept counting down to the last one....WHICH WAS LAST FRIDAY! I was so happy; yet the last few treatments have been some of the hardest to get through. Not because they were in themselves difficult to get through, but because it was getting so near the end...yet it seemed so far away. It just seemed like time dragged waiting for the final treatment. But...now it's here and done!
On January 20th, I had the surgery to re-insert an expander into my right breast. As of today, everything still looks OK...not like the last six months when my skin just would not cooperate and I couldn't seem to get anywhere with the reconstruction.
I went to my plastic surgeon a few days ago and he was so excited that nothing had changed (with my skin) and that everything looked like it was healing. He told me I don't need to come back for two weeks (unless something looks "funny")...which for me is major!!! I am so happy.! While in the office, (my husband, me and my doctor) were all kidding around (he HAS gotten to know us quite well) and he said my husband could chose my implant size! I told him if that were the case, I wouldn't be able to walk straight! But seriously, we are all just hoping it all goes well and the implants can happen.
While all this was going on, I had some decisions to make. One of them concerned retiring. I have been a preschool director at my program for 30+ years. It was becoming evident to me that "it was time". And...my nephew and "old-same" finally received news about a wonderful boy in China that will be theirs very soon. They were told this would happen in about 11-15 weeks. I am retiring to be that wonderful child's "me-ma" and take care of him. I am so looking forward to this next stage of my life and to all it will give to me and my husband.
So right now, things are looking better. In fact, I got the "OK" to get my port out and I will be making those arrangements soon. And now it is also time to "catch up" with all the other doctor appointments I need to make...my breast surgeon, my gyno, my dentist (haven't been there since work might cause infection which is not good during chemo), and my eye doctor! WOW...normal stuff again. And I am so looking forward to some normal in my life.
It's a long way from last Spring when I thought things would be at this point. But it IS at this point finally and I am eternally thankful!