I am currently recovering from surgery. It was a long day but an important one. On this day I became 'cancer free' the tumor that had been invading my personal space had been removed. I have won my first battle. There are still many more hurdles to pass but this was the starting point. I admit being pushed into the pre-op area where I would normally meet my husband for lunch was scary. I could not believe that this was happening to me. To be placed in a bed next to other people who are not feeling well, not to mention many years older than myself, was quite frightening. My husband teared up too because he was entering the area not as a surgeon but as a patient's spouse. He never thought he would have to witness this. I remember being put onto the bed and getting changed into my clothes. I felt a sense of peace once I was dressed and had a blanket and warmers put on me. I knew this place was not meant to intimidate me or hurt me but to help me through this problem. The medicine helped quite a bit. I felt quite relaxed and was watching tv when my surgeon arrived to confirm what she will be doing that day. I don't remember anything after that except being laid onto the operating table and being told to breath into a mask. I fell asleep and woke up with both my husband and my doctor looking at me. I did not want to wake up, the floor nurse was trying to get me to wake up so I could go home but I did not want to go home. After a bit I realized the floor was going to be noisy and they were not going to read me bedtime stories and play soft music for me as I doze in a peaceful slumber so we went home. The days of recovery have been tiring and I have not slept this much since before my son was born. I must say though it feels great to know that the tumor is out and now onto the next step...getting the report of what stage and what treatment I will need to rid my body of any potential threats in the future.
I did hear a response back from La Leche League since I wrote to them regarding this matter of nursing and lumps. They are going to talk with their participants and encourage them to get lumps looked at. I just found out from my counselor another young mom, 27 years old, who is 8 months pregnant has breast cancer and they have to take the baby out early so she can start chemotherapy. A very scary situation!!! Please pass the word on!!! Get your lumps checked out!!!