Tricia’s Story

Site created on February 14, 2019

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Journal entry by Tricia Brunson

It’s been almost 5 weeks since I had surgery. I binged on some new shows (check out Big Little Lies if you haven’t yet). Hurricane Dorian passed by. I was a bit stir crazy too. 🥴 I am happy to be returning to work tomorrow.
My surgery was successful and reconstruction was done at the same time. I stayed two nights in the hospital and had some wonderful nurses taking care of me.
I still have lifting restrictions but the mobility is much better in my right arm than a couple of weeks ago. Driving was a bit tough once I was given the okay. It’s gotten better. The seatbelt is still uncomfortable even with a seatbelt pad. I can’t feel too much because of the nerve blocks I was given. The only sensations I have  are the nerve endings and sometimes what feels like a “tightness” across my chest.
 The doctor removed 12 lymph nodes on the right side during surgery. Cancer cells had been found in 7 of them. My oncologist is going to put me on an oral chemo for 6 months. I saw her last week and the incisions from my surgery hadn’t healed enough that she felt comfortable starting the chemo yet. So now the game plan is to have radiation first and then do the oral chemo. I see the radiation oncologist tomorrow and will get more information on what to expect during radiation. For now I’ve been told fatigue is the main side effect and I will have to have radiation every day for a few weeks. I’m keeping my spirits up and can’t wait to see my coworkers tomorrow! 😊


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