Wendy Dettmann

First post: Oct 19, 2017 Latest post: Dec 9, 2017
Welcome to our Caring Bridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. Wendy's Nightmare( she wanted me to put this) started on Sept 15 when she had a physical and her first mammogram. The following Monday we get a call and are told she has to go get more x-rays on her breasts because they saw a couple suspect spots. So Tuesday we go get more x rays and ultrasound and then a breast MRI. After this they bring us in the room and give us they news and tell us they need to take biopsy's.  They take these and  we get the phone call that no one ever wants to get the following day. So after several doc appts and such we are set for surgery on Friday the 13th to do a lumpectomy. There are 2 tumors that they are going to remove and the Surgeon is confident that he can get them both with clear margins ( cancer free area around the tumor). Surgery went well and the surgeon was pleased after surgery. They send the tumors to pathology and they slice them up and look under a microscope to make sure they got clear margins. So all was well and Wendy was on her path to recovery when the phone rang Tuesday morning, it was the surgeon and he told her that they did not get clear margins. So we went back in and discussed the options at this point. One was to let the area they has just cut into scar and try to go back in and remove that area but you would still have the possibility of running into the same problem and the recurrence rate is high.  Or to do a mastectomy. Wendy has chosen the later and because they would have to cut into the other breast to make them both the same size and she does not ever want to have to go through this again she is going to have a bilateral mastectomy. We met with the plastic surgeon yesterday and we are waiting to hear back as to when her next surgery will be.  As of today she is doing good still has pain under her arm from lymph nodes being removed. We will keep you updated and Thank You for your thoughts and prayers.

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