Glad to read about your update. We're happy you have a wonderful support system.
post #101 of 161
5/30/06 at 10:07pm
Originally Posted by AmyD
Well the necrotic lymph node is still in my armpit. We tried the surgery under local and I have an interesting web of microscopic nerves growing around it, which made it impossible to get out w/o excrutiating pain. While I was open though, I consented to a FNA biopsy. I should have the results in about a week.
And on a fun note, I'm one of those people who metabolizes lidocaine VERY QUICKLY. Areas she numbed got feeling back w/i 20 min. We had to stop the procedure as she couldn't give me any more lidocaine w/o causing a seizure. I decided to keep it in for now.
So the lymph node is dead. And black and gross looking. Lots of scar tissue around it.
This leaves my surgeon w/2 possible diagnoses:
1)This is a really strong invasive cancer that has killed this lymph node and is onto bigger and better organs.
2)Cat scratch fever OR
3)It was cancer and the homeopathy killed it.
Originally Posted by AmyD
Just wanted to update you all, again Well, two weeks post-surgery, I'm regretting having the surgery. Thinking it put my healing back a couple of months. Oh, and surprise surprise, it is cancer. She is thinking breast cancer, but not 100% sure. I'm thinking breast cancer too, so I'm going w/that. I planned to have surgery under general anesthesia on Friday but have canceled. Two wrongs don't make a right, yk?
The lymph node contained some live cells, but mostly dead ones. My surgeon thinks the cancer is having a lil' party in my body, but I disagree w/her. She is leaving Dartmouth next month so I'm planning to send her a card in 5 yrs at her new location and tell her how wonderful I'm doing
Recovery from surgery was cake, w/i 2 days I was about 80% and picking up my toddler w/the affected arm.
I'm feeling fantabulous and feeling incredibly positive b/c I know that I am killing this thing. My body is strong and totally capable of healing itself, as it has already begun.
Oh, and the good news. My surgeon can not tell me if it is hormone fed or sensitive or whathaveyou w/o more cells, but being that my sister's cancer is not sensitive to hormones and the fact that she thinks we have the BARC2 gene, it is probably not sensitive to hormones. Which is good b/c I am not done having babies So, I'm going w/that too.
Oh, and more good news. I hate where we live, always have--I want to be in the country. So we put the house on the market and are getting out of here. Staying in VT, staying close to my support, but out of this town and into the country. I'm getting some goats Being diagnosed with cancer has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. I've felt so stagnant over the past years, but it is causing me to actually live--something I think I was afraid to do for some time. I am so incredibly lucky
Hope you all are well and thanks for sharing my cancer journey w/me.
Originally Posted by Momtezuma Tuatara
I've heard this story often.
Now, on a more sober note Amy, you may need to put your thinking cap back on, coz the suppression I think is easily reversed.... for instance, here's one thing. In my research on Vitamin A, I noted that after surgery lymphocytes are severely suppressed and vitamin A helps to get them back on line.
Your noticing that surgery knocked you is accurate. If you do decide to have surgery again...
Please read this:
But its not just about the HER2 receptor it is about the immune system and the toxicity of anaesthesia on the immune system.
If you consider what you can do before hand, to make sure that the surgery knocks you as little as possible, there is stuff you can do to help that process. It's not going to be easy, because you have to be careful. If you use too much vitamin C then the anaesthetic won't work properly, so you have to lay off that a few days before. If you were taking it the day of the local, that may have been why it wore off so fast.
BUT after surgery, you need your support to whack it into you as fast as possible to clear the anesthesia, and then you need to do whatever you decide on, to get the immune system back up to speed. Be aware though, that you will also feel pain quicker...