To be honest, the bottom line is it feels right to get the mass out now, and not wait any longer. We have done a lot of research and watched a lot of testimonials of people who have beat cancer "naturally", but many have still had surgery of some kind. I am fortunate that I was proactive for 6 weeks and did a lot to get my immune system working well. Also I pushed to get both the AMAS blood test (Onco Lab, Boston) a month ago, which tests for active antibodies that fight "C" and the result was within normal limits. In addition I took the CTC - Circulating Tumor Cells (Quest Labs), blood test to see if there were any in my blood. and fortunately there were none during 2 weeks ago. That is a good indicator for low chance of metastasis and can be a good prognosis overall. The lymph node biopsy was negative last month, which is very good news, and they will biopsy those again during the surgery. This is the right time:)
My heart is full of gratitude for my friends who have pulled together to support me at this time. I thank those who have reached out in so many ways. As an only child with a small family so to speak, I realize I have many "sisters" who are so much more than friends to me. With David and Kendra at day camp my days will be a little more quiet for the next 10 days. Thanks to Sarah and Stacey for helping with overnights for the kids while I am away at surgery and carpools for camp. Also a huge thanks to Mindy who has offered to host my daughter's birthday cookout party and taken that worry off my plate for later this month. My neighbor, Irene, has set-up an online meal plan calendar for those who live close by and are interested in dropping a meal to us. She sent an email to many earlier today. She can be reached at (603) 801-3025 or firstname.lastname@example.org. And the list goes on and on, I have friends who have offered to help me around the house and check in on me. I am truly blessed and surrounded by love:) Hope to be home Friday or Saturday.