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Home and doing well

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    Sharyn
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    Hi everyone,
    I had my surgery on Thurs afternoon — mastectomy and excision of 8 tumours from my leg. All went well, and Dr Pace was very pleased. He left only one tumour on my leg because it was so close to another excision, he wouldn't have had enough skin to stitch it up without pulling on the stitches of the other one. It's only a small one, so we'll get that and the one on my back another time. I was put in ICU only because there were no beds available on the surgical floor.

    Hi everyone,
    I had my surgery on Thurs afternoon — mastectomy and excision of 8 tumours from my leg. All went well, and Dr Pace was very pleased. He left only one tumour on my leg because it was so close to another excision, he wouldn't have had enough skin to stitch it up without pulling on the stitches of the other one. It's only a small one, so we'll get that and the one on my back another time. I was put in ICU only because there were no beds available on the surgical floor. There were a lot of machines running, whirring, beeping all night long, so sleeping soundly was near impossible. But Jim went out and bought me some earplugs, and that helped block the noise quite a bit.
     
    I came home from hospital on Fri, and I've been pretty much out of it ever since, thanks to the Demerol every 4 hrs. I'm not in any pain, and I feel pretty good emotionally. It's amazing how much pain you learn to endure. I didn't realize how painful my breast was, but now that it's gone, this pain-free feeling is unbelievable! So although I miss Betty Boob, I like the painlessness even more.
     
    The home care nurse comes by for daily dressing changes, but she said today that everything looks so good and clean, she'll only come every 2 days. I have 30+ staples from the mastectomy,  plus a load of stitches in my leg. All that gets removed 10 days post-op. I also still have a drain, but I have to wait until the drainage is less than 30ml/24hrs before it can be removed, which should be in a few days.
    The day before I went in hospital, I got a call from Montreal to say the ipilimumab trial was now open. I explained what was going on with me, and she said that was fine. I just have to wait until I'm 28 days post-op, and I can start. So we're looking at around mid-Sept for Montreal.
    Thank-you for all those prayers, well wishes and positive vibes.  Keep up all that positive energy. It's what keeps me going.
     
    Hugs
    Sharyn
    Stage IV

     

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      JenM
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      Sharyn,
      So glad that u r home. You r such a trooper. I admire your strength and great attitude. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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      JenM
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      Sharyn,
      So glad that u r home. You r such a trooper. I admire your strength and great attitude. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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      Lori C
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      Very glad you are home and all is going well!  I hope the upcoming treatment is a complete success.

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      Lori C
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      Very glad you are home and all is going well!  I hope the upcoming treatment is a complete success.

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      Fen
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      Whew! Hats of to you, Sharyn.  Betty Boob? too funny.   Prayers, good thoughts, everything coming your way.

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      Fen
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      Whew! Hats of to you, Sharyn.  Betty Boob? too funny.   Prayers, good thoughts, everything coming your way.

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      James from Sydney
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      Hi Sharyn

      good to hear your feeling better, now get your strength back it will soon be time to give Mel. that final blow it deserves!

      best wishes

      James

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      James from Sydney
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      Hi Sharyn

      good to hear your feeling better, now get your strength back it will soon be time to give Mel. that final blow it deserves!

      best wishes

      James

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      King
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      Sharyn,

      You, too, continue to amaze me with your strength and courage.  Wishing you a speedy recovery and that is wonderful news to know that the Ipi is waiting for you!!!!

      Stay Strong
      King

      Stage IV 7/05 Liver mets

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      King
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      Sharyn,

      You, too, continue to amaze me with your strength and courage.  Wishing you a speedy recovery and that is wonderful news to know that the Ipi is waiting for you!!!!

      Stay Strong
      King

      Stage IV 7/05 Liver mets

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      ValinMtl
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      Dear Sharyn,

      So glad it's over and that you are feeling not too bad, you are simply put "AMAZING". I'm just back from the cottage and going in to sign up tomorrow for the trial.  We'll keep in touch for sure and get together when you are in town. After many many hiccups, everything appears to be on track, and let's pray that this is exactly what is needed.  Big big hugs, Val xx

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      ValinMtl
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      Dear Sharyn,

      So glad it's over and that you are feeling not too bad, you are simply put "AMAZING". I'm just back from the cottage and going in to sign up tomorrow for the trial.  We'll keep in touch for sure and get together when you are in town. After many many hiccups, everything appears to be on track, and let's pray that this is exactly what is needed.  Big big hugs, Val xx

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      lhaley
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      Sounds like your timing is pretty good! You will be well on your way to recovery when ippi is available to you!  It does sound like you are feeling better than pre-surgery, soon your body will begin to heal and you will feel even better.

      Hugs being sent,

      Linda

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      lhaley
      Participant

      Sounds like your timing is pretty good! You will be well on your way to recovery when ippi is available to you!  It does sound like you are feeling better than pre-surgery, soon your body will begin to heal and you will feel even better.

      Hugs being sent,

      Linda

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