PREVIVOR: A person who is not diagnosed with cancer, but has survived the predisposition, or higher risk, of cancer due to a genetic mutation and/or strong family history. After being armed with this information, a previvor can make informed choices prior to a cancer diagnosis.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

No turning back now...

Today started out like any other day. I drug myself out of bed at 6 AM to be able to get to Dunkin Donuts to get coffee before my 8 AM class. I sat through school and then rushed down I-55 to work. Then I get a phone call from my plastic surgeon's office. It was the nurse and she said they just wanted "to touch base" and to remind me that I need to come see Dr. Cooper a few weeks before my case I forgot. WHAT?!? How could I possibly forget??? She then giggled and said "Oh I'm sorry that was probably a dumb thing to say. How could you forget?" DUH. We went on to talk about when and what I'd be allowed to do after my surgery. She said I could possibly be ready for my exchange surgery in June. I'm thinking I may want to "fast track" my recon, so I'll be complete with new boobies in time to start the Fall semester at school. I obviously have a lot to discuss with the doctor in March.

Then I got to work and the day was just like any other day until I got another phone call, this time from Dr. King's office (Dr. King is the other surgeon doing my mastectomy). The nurse said that they were beginning to get it pre-certified with the insurance company. They have a letter from my genetic counselor, talking about my genetic condition and citing a prophlaytic bilateral mastectomy is a good option to consider. She also told me that Dr. King himself wrote a letter and she hopes that the insurance company will approve it without anything further needed. She told me that she will keep me informed, but my surgery is definetely on for Wednesday April 20 at 11:30 AM at Methodist Germantown.

At that point I had a mini-panic attack. Now, the surgery isn't something I'm just talking about having "sometime in the spring, in mid-late April" it's ACTUALLY SCHEDULED. I have a time and place. I have two doctors who have me on their schedule for that day. I have an OR booked in the hospital. It's REAL. Their really is no turning back now. I have my to-do list before surgery, my list of supplies I'll need. Hopefully, that will help keep me busy until it's time.

On a brighter note, going to the gym has helped me keep my focus off of the upcoming surgery. I've been 4 times this week...maybe I'll get toned up before I have to lay around the house recovering from surgery.

And I MUST get some studying done tonight :)


1 comment:

  1. I am glad that you are staying busy and not letting this worry you to much. Enjoy all the things that you love to do now, so when you are recovering you can just rest and heal. Know that I am praying for you. And with the studying, I am out of here. Ha Ha