- Nov 2, 2013View SourceMarsha,Sending you our positive energy from here in Connecticut, too. Mike and Frank's note provides important direction. We are lucky to have knowledgeable, insider advice on these things. And, though I have not met him, Gerald seems like one awesome partner. Be well! We are all here for you.Cheers,Don--Donald J. Leu, Ph.D.
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Subject: RE: [marshallsmicro8s] Bad newsWell, I feel better about this after hearing Michael's take.
We'll be sending good vibes to boost the chemo . . .
Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2013 17:49:05 -0700
Subject: Re: [marshallsmicro8s] Bad news
Dear Marsha,I know this feels like a setback, but such findings are quite common after a partial mastectomy or lumpectomy. Radiation plus chemo will clear things up for you.Chemo is annoying, we know, but effective. Just keep moving forward in your recovery plan. This is the tunnel. Focus on the light.Love you, Mike and FrankOn Nov 1, 2013, at 5:33 PM, Marsha Bollinger <mabollinger@...> wrote:The pathology report came back with positive signs of cancer in the sentinel lymph node. In times past they would go back in and take all the lymph nodes in the arm pit area. Now what they do is chemo therapy. The chemo will most likely take place after the radiation. They will radiate the breast and the lymph node area. They removed the tumor from the breast with a negative margin...a certain level of normal tissue around it. But it is a small margin. They think the radiation will take care of that.
The tumor in the breast was bigger than they anticipated. Gerald and I figure about 15 to 20% of the left breast has been removed. It looks pretty weird. There goes my bikini model career.
My doctor said that my case will be reviewed by two oncologists, and a radiologist.
I'm stunned. I have been floating down that river of de Nile and my boat just tipped over. Gerald feels better just knowing. We've been through a lot of wondering and waiting.
I see the surgeon on Monday. Might be more news then.
Love to you all.