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Verena von Dehn
5/30/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to my CaringBridge site. I've created it to keep friends and family updated. Whohoo! I'm inviting you to join me on this adventure...not the cancer part...just the adventure and healing part....
Hello all! This site is intended to keep you in the loop! I wish I could send each of you individual emails...or call you...or visit you.....and let you know how much you mean to me and how much your support means to me. And, I hope this site will allow you to keep informed of my progress...AND..again....I want you to know how much your support means to me. Thank you!!!!
OK...so...here's the latest....after a whirlwind week or two and various tests and waiting for results and meeting with doctors and talking to Benita....I am thrilled to inform you that it appears this was caught early. Yes, I have breast cancer. Yes, it is early. We won't know for sure about the extent until after the surgery but, for the moment, it appears I am very fortunate. Big sigh of relief.
My lumpectomy...hmmm....what a clumpy word that is...let's make it sound a bit more elegant and graceful...let's say...my glide through this process ....will start with a small incision...and removal of a foreign body...an uninvited guest,,,,a hitchhiker......scheduled to take place on June 8, 2016. It seems the day will start with my fabulous sister Benita driving me to Stanford in the morning to have a wire placed....a wire pointing directly at my tumor. Since the tumor is deep in my breast (thank you MRI and radiologist for identifying it), the wire arrow will lead the surgeon to the tumor. I imagine it similar to a cupid arrow sticking out of my chest...but that is probably not exactly correct. It does make for a nice image, though. So...I will start with my wire arrow....then sit in the waiting room at Stanford for most of the day, until my surgery late afternoon.
My surgeon will carefully follow the arrow to the target...very close to my heart. See, I told you it was similar to cupid's arrow. :) She will remove the tumor (which hopefully is still small) and remove what is called a "margin"...basically, as I ...a non medical professional understand it.. it's additional tissue around the tumor and it is removed for safety...in hopes of catching any tendrils and removing those too. She will also remove the arrow when she is done...so..I won't go home with it...:) She intends on leaving most of my lovely left breast intact....and the second breast untouched. whew.
After I wake up from the anesthesia....same day...Benita will take me home and let you all know how I am doing.
So...wish me well...I welcome that...wish me a quick and graceful recovery....wish me clean cells with no metastases....andI thank you!
This is a process and I'm gliding through it with all of your help. The incision is the initiation of this specific process. There will be more events to come....if you are interested tune in...if not...that's OK too. :) Thank you thank you for YOU!