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WendyBG replied to the Women's Health Issues board. 47 minutes ago

Re: No chemo needed: Happy, happy!

< She carefully inspected my pathology and results of the surgery (0.8 mm tumors, no cancer in the lymph nodes, not even microscopic).>

Oops, that's a typo. Should be "8 mm tumors."

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WendyBG posted to the Women's Health Issues board. 48 minutes ago

No chemo needed: Happy, happy!

Just spoke with my oncologist, Dr. Ellis, at Swedish Hospital. She carefully inspected my pathology and results of the surgery (0.8 mm tumors, no cancer in the lymph nodes, not even microscopic).

In her opinion, my tumor was “benign” – or at [more]

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WendyBG replied to the Women's Health Issues board. 51 minutes ago

Re: Bilateral mastectomy: 1 week post-op

<One hint on the showering: you can use Press and Seal. Just cover the area with the Press and Seal (and yes, I'm talking about the stuff sold next to the Saran Wrap) and it will stick to your skin. You can take a shower, then peel the stuff [more]

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WendyBG posted to the Women's Health Issues board. 1:09 PM

Bilateral mastectomy: 1 week post-op

Yesterday, DH and I drove to Seattle for my 1-week post-op surgical visit.

My breast surgeon, Claire Buchanan, was on vacation but her partner, Dr. Hendershott, saw me. Dr. Hendershott is equally experienced and also a warm woman with good [more]

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WendyBG replied to the Atheist Fools board. 12:42 PM

Re: This is a MUST-READ

Upset by the news? Depressed by editorials and blogs?

Stop.
Take a few deep, calming breaths.

Ask Loren Cobb what's really going on.

Return to real life.

Thanks, Loren.
Wendy

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WendyBG replied to the Women's Health Issues board. 1:49 AM

Re: Bilateral mastectomy: surgical path report

<And so pleased with your surgeon's personal note. That says lovely things about her and her relationships with her patients.>

I simply LOVE Claire Buchanan...and I don't say that often. I will send her a thank you note and also give [more]

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WendyBG replied to the Women's Health Issues board. 12:31 AM

Re: Bilateral mastectomy: surgical path report

<Have they told you when they expect the OncoType DX results?
>

Estimate another week. I'll let you know as soon as the results come in.
Wendy

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WendyBG posted to the Women's Health Issues board. 8:35 PM

Bilateral mastectomy: surgical path report

This is the final surgical pathology report sent to me by Claire Buchanan (my breast surgeon at Swedish Hospital).

Great news! Stage 1 breast cancers -8 mm on each side, low grade. Nodes negative. Margins clear. Hope you are healing up [more]

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WendyBG replied to the Free For All Economics board. 12:53 PM

Re: Real Life Just Knocked On Our Door

<my wife and I came back inside this tiny very comfortable cottage and held hands. I can't imagine me leaving this earth before her. I have to stay strong for her. I am glad I quit drinking. I am glad I quit smoking. I'm going to stay alive for [more]

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WendyBG replied to the Women's Health Issues board. 12:35 PM

Re: Bilateral mastectomy: post-op

<ARGH! Reading this causes me severe pain.
Seriously. I am what one might call an "empath."
I actually feel real pain when I read about or hear about what others have suffered or are suffering. So it's very difficult to read [more]

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WendyBG replied to the Women's Health Issues board. 11:41 AM

Re: Bilateral mastectomy: post-op

<I told him the med students can watch, and that's it. They can't talk to me, and they can't touch me. He laughed, and agreed.>

What a nightmare! Good advice.
Wendy

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WendyBG replied to the Women's Health Issues board. 11:40 AM

Re: Bilateral mastectomy: post-op

<I also don't know your complete PMH, so there may be other reasons to hold off on NSAIDs.>

I had a splenectomy for ITP when I was 16. My platelets run very high, usually over the normal range. I don't have a problem with [more]

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WendyBG replied to the Women's Health Issues board. 11:38 AM

Re: Bilateral mastectomy: post-op

<There are at least four different opioid receptors, with different receptors mediating analgesia and euphoria, and there's at least a strong suggestion that pain rapidly upregulates the analgesia receptors. This suggestion implies that folks who [more]

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WendyBG replied to the Women's Health Issues board. 11:28 AM

Re: Bilateral mastectomy: post-op

<Wendy, besides the comfort of an excellent hospital bed, what other things made you want to stay longer? Putting off exhausting commute? Security of having medical help nearby? Skilled nursing care regarding tubes, and human necessities, and pain [more]

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WendyBG replied to the Women's Health Issues board. 11:06 AM

Re: Bilateral mastectomy: post-op

<I am wondering if medical supply stores rent hospital beds like you had in the hospital?>

That's a good question. Probably they do in large metropolitan areas. We live in the boondocks and we don't have a large medical supply store [more]

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WendyBG posted to the Women's Health Issues board. 11:39 PM

Bilateral mastectomy: post-op

WARNING! CONTAINS GRUESOME DETAILS! FOR WOMEN AND MEDICAL MEN ONLY!

My 7-hour bilateral mastectomy (plus expander implant) was on Wednesday, March 25. No cancer was found in my lymph nodes during sentinel node biopsy. YAY!!! [more]

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WendyBG replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 5:02 PM

Re: Totally OT: Need your good wishes

<So here is the most positive scenario. First case of the day, so depending on extent of dissection, etc., could easily be done before noon. Had a good anesthesiologist that did paravertebral blocks to help with post-op pain, so maybe just taking [more]

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WendyBG replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 4:52 PM

Re: Totally OT: Need your good wishes

Two beautiful healing poems like bookends. Different and each precious.
Wendy

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WendyBG replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 4:51 PM

Re: Totally OT: Need your good wishes

John3haha added to your Favorite Fools list.

Rereading your beautiful poem...
Thank you again.
Wendy

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WendyBG replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 2:09 PM

Re: Totally OT: Need your good wishes

John3haha, how beautiful and thoughtful! I am moved to tears.

Thank you for helping me heal.
Wendy

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