Thanks for all the warm wishes and prayers. Surgery could not have gone better. They removed the tumor in its entirety and it was not attached to anything like a muscle, bone or near my implant. She did remove more lymph nodes near the area in an effort to get clear margins. Best thing before going under was seeing my amazing surgeon Dr. Michele Gadd standing next to me, stroking my arm lovingly before anesthesia kicked in:)
With the simple task of icing the area, I have needed no pain meds or even Tylenol which is good for my mindset. It felt great to be home same night in my own bed. My 15 year old son waited up for me to help me out of the car. The 2 younger ones were at a friend's for the night. The goal to get part of the tumor to Rational Theraputics in CA via the FedEx drop box at the hospital was lovingly accomplished by my husband with just 15 minutes to spare! The rest of the tissue will stay at MGH Pathology for the rest of their report. So now I just rest and heal...waiting and trying to calm my mind from racing so I can effectively listen and know what my next steps should be.