Jan 21, 2020 Latest post:
Apr 26, 2020
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Arlene was told in November of 2019 something looked "funny" on her 3D mammogram. It was recommended a spot new checked out. A procedure was undertaken where this TINY SPOT wasn't easily found and tissue was taken and tested. It came back "inconclusive" as not enough tissue was taken... What was taken was sent to Stanford for further evaluation where it was deemed to be cancer--immediately before Christmas break.
So appointments were made with a top notch team and options were to be generated. "You will be cured of this cancer with any of the three options: lumpectomy, mastectomy or double mastectomy. Your choice to make and none of them is wrong."
Given her family history a double mastectomy reduced future issues the best (90% reduction of risk) with the potential benefit of not needing radiation or chemotherapy. This is the course decided upon.
Surgery is set for Tuesday January 21, 2020. A for week recovery is hoped for. Updates will be given from surgery day forward.
Thanks for your thoughts, prayers, and support during this trying period of time.