I've had so many angels who have come to help me over the years...some have stayed, some only stayed a short time.
My most recent angels have been my doctors and nurses at UW Health in Madison. I can not get over how dedicated and compassionate they are to their patients. I have felt like nothing less than royalty when I visit.
I got to see some of my angels this week...I had my recheck with Dr. Afifi, my plastic surgeon and his Physician's Assistant Clare Chandler; and a follow-up appointment with Dr. O'Regan, my oncologist. I had been going to Madison so often prior to my DIEP surgery and then quite a bit that following month (October); now it had been 3 months since I'd been there. I have to admit, I was missing my team! It was so good to see them. I even got to hug my biggest angel of all - Dr. Greenberg's Nurse Sarah. My heart fills with joy and love when I see these amazing medical professionals who saved my life.
I will be having two more surgeries this year; the first will be April 1. These are much smaller, outpatient surgeries. The first will be to fix the symmetry of my breasts; the second to add nipples. Yes I said nipples. Fun stuff! I will be so happy to be "all put back together" after this final surgery...and the team said my scars should heal within a year or so...it's hard to imagine being "back to normal." Looking like my old body will certainly help me feel more normal! If that's even a possibility anymore. I guess it's my "new normal."
Dr. O'Regan found two lumps in my left chest wall; these are most likely benign fat necrosis, which I guess is common after DIEP surgery. They did an ultrasound and a mammogram and could not confirm they were benign; however, they didn't seem too worried about it. I will have another ultrasound a week before my next surgery. As long as the lumps get smaller, there is no concern. If they get bigger, I will have more tests. It was hard not to flash back to the first time I had my breast ultrasound there, when I had cancer...it's hard to believe I can say I'm "No Evidence of Disease" now. But I am! Thanks to my amazing medical team and the prayers of so many who have supported me along the way.
So, I am moving forward, healing, and looking forward to when that second surgery is over, which will likely be late summer or early fall. Then I'm hoping I can finally feel like my journey is over.
Thank you to all the angels in my life...you know who you are. Your love lifts me up.
p.s. - the pic is of my husband Tim and me at Green Bush, a pizza parlor in Madison we visited on our way home this week. He is truly my biggest angel of them all.
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