Surgeon visit went well.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Tuesday was my first visit with the thoracic surgeon. I like him. He is recognized by his peers (awards) and has a great reputation. This is a big plus in my book.

Things are moving along smoothly now. I should be having surgery next month.

I won't go into detail about the procedure, but from my dye contrast CT scan he says that it the tumor looks to be in the early stage. The actual stage of the cancer won't be determined until the tissue samples from the surgery are examined.

He told me it would be painful (recovery) and they will be making 2 incisions, one down my breast bone and one on my side between ribs. The surgery is expected to take 5-6 hours. I will be in ICU 4-6 days and total hospital stay will be 10-14 days.

He says I have 2 things in my favor. I am young and in good shape. He was surprised when I told him that over the last 2 years I have lost 75 pounds. He said that was a real advantage to my recovery.

Yesterday I saw the oncologist and was encouraged with our visit. He said there will probably be chemo, but all of that will be determined after my surgery.

I have increased my walking and strength training gradually and feel really good. I seem to have more energy now which is good. I'm not sleeping as much, but I don't feel run down.
I have been making my own soup concoctions and getting my nutrients with lots of veges, legumes and wild rice blends, soba noodles. I am using mostly organic everything now. It is a little more expensive, but I also don't eat as much anymore, so it evens out. Ground turkey is the only meat that I can get down, which is fine. All my fruits have to be pureed, so I make Jay Robb egg white protein shake, usually for my evening meal.

I have discovered Qigong. If you get a chance you should check it out. Sometimes just listening to it is very relaxing. Spark has a 15 min video.

I am asking for prayers as my journey into this health issue has just begun.
Thank you to those of you that have me on your prayer list. I do believe!

My walking beach/pier :)

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    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as you go on this surgical journey. Praying for an excellent recovery and healing, too. Your attitude about it all is good and that along with a strong body will carry you through. I will be looking for your blog updates.

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    2231 days ago
    Good news that you have a surgeon you like and have confidence in! Having a doctor you trust can have a big effect on your attitude going into surgery and can affect the outcome. Try not to think too much about the pain and length of the recovery, it will pass and you will come out the other side healthier and cancer free (thinking positive). I'll bet it felt good to have the doctor tell you that you are in good health and to get some positive health benefits from your weight loss. Going into surgery if you're obese is much more dangerous so even if you didn't realize it at the time you have been doing positive preparations for this. Keep positive thoughts, we're all pulling for you emoticon
    2234 days ago
    Glad to get your update -- and that your surgeon is so highly regarded. Hearing him say the part about how you are young and in good shape must have been a boost -- and not having those 75 extra pounds will certainly be a big advantage to your recovery.

    Thanks for the Quigong link -- I used to do tai chi quite some time ago, and our teacher shared a bit of the quigong with us.

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    2241 days ago
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    It sounds promising overall. Good for you building yourself up for the surgery. You have a good attitude and should help you through all of this. Sounds like you are in good hands! Prayers and hugs. Take care.
    2241 days ago
    You will be in my prayers. It all sounds very hopeful for a full cure! Keep up your strength!
    2242 days ago
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