2007 Breast Cancer 3 Day

Saturday, February 25, 2006

I'm Home!

Surgery is over and I'm cancer free! I went in for surgery on Tuesday and came home from the hospital Thursday afternoon. Here are a few of the high points.

Surgery took approximately 7 hours. Dr. Etter performed the mastectomy on each side and then Dr. Cash began the reconstruction process. She wasn't able to put in the implants so she put in expanders instead. She didn't feel like she would get a good result with implants right away. I am scheduled to go back in to her office on Monday to begin the expansion process. She will also remove some of the drains that I have coming out of me--4 total.

I am not in much pain. I have some good medication to keep me comfortable, but it really hasn't been as bad as I anticipated. My chest looks like a train wreck right now, but I know that will get better.

My sentinal node came back clear during surgery and we should get the final pathology later this week. This basically means the cancer didn't leave my breast tissue. Yippee! We should be able to finish the chemo and be finished with this cancer business.

All in all, I am happy to be cancer free and almost done with this journey. I won't get my new set of "girls" until this summer, but hopefully the ugly cancer business will be done in just a few short weeks.


  1. Hooray!!!!!
    I am so happy for you! Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with, as I am just a phone call away. I have been praying for you!

    Angie from Mom's Club

  2. Praise God Fran!!! I can't believe you are home so soon!!
    Don't try and do too much too soon. Rest in His arms right now.
    In Christ

  3. Wonderful news!! Glad you're at home and resting well. All the kids will be glad to hear the outcome. I know it's not over, and our prayers will continue. We love you, Ed and Emma dearly.

  4. The Lord is so GREAT! I'm so happy that you're on the downhill side and the end is in sight.

    Just keep resting and not over doing. You're in our thoughts and prayers.

    Hugs & Kisses,

  5. Dolly and Amy (Ed's dietitians)February 28, 2006

    Hi, Fran. We're thinking about you and your family. Glad to hear you're recovering well.

  6. We wish you a speedy recovery and hope that Ed and Emma are doing great and happy to have you home. Love Dustin and his girls.