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 :)