The Boob Report III – Post-op

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When life sends you obstacles, start hurdling!

First of all words cannot, nor ever will express my deepest gratitude in the support you have given me the last few weeks. The blogging community is amazing and all of you are the absolute best! I can feel your prayers as I write this on the night before surgery. I just wish I could physically hug each and every one of you. The words, “thank you,” will never seem like enough.

If you are reading this, my bi-lateral (fancy-like name for double) mastectomy is over. Yeah! I am on the good drugs and most likely kidding around with the interns.

My husband Danny will give you an update on the surgery and my lymph nodes. The sentinel nodes were removed during surgery and tested for cancer. If they were clear, then my surgeon didn’t touch the rest of them. Thorough testing in pathology will give conclusive results by Wednesday.

The breast reconstructive process was started. A tissue expander was placed behind my chest wall and sewn into place. I am sure when the drugs wear off, my chest will feel as tight as a drum. It will slowly stretch out again as saline is added over the next few months to give my new “girls” some shape.

Here’s my rock, Danny, with the update! Geez…. I hope it’s good news..

This is Danny speaking:  Great News!!  The lymph nodes are clear! She is doing great (except for the pain).

A Note From Susie:  As you wild riders know, I am a firm believer in the power of positive thinking and prayer.  Thank you so much for all of your support and prayers.  I’m kicking “C’s” Ass.  I will write a proper thank you and post in a few days.  Love Susie

Danny again, I cut her off, more news later.

Related posts:

The Boob Report I – Roadblocks and U-Turns

The Boob Report II – Laughter is the Best Medicine

The Boob Report IV – Coming Out of the Haze

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165 thoughts on “The Boob Report III – Post-op

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  6. Hey Susie, it’s been so long since I’ve been on wordpress I had no idea you had such a big fight on your hands. Like a lot of the community says rest up and give yourself time to heal. I hope the pathology results (When they come back) are encouraging.

    Talia.

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  8. Thinking of you my friend. I’ll keep sending you the positive vibes, glad they are helping out. :) Stay strong girl, we’re all pulling for a good recovery.

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  9. I just heard about this, Susie. It sounds as though things went as well as they possibly could, and you’re tapping into your own strength and the support of a lot of people who care about you. I’m glad about that. I hope you’re feeling better every day.

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  10. It’s such wonderful news that your lymph nodes are clear! YAY!! Hope you are recovering and know that we all miss you. Sending lots of positive healing energy your way…

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  11. We haven’t met but I want you to know that your courage is spanning the globe. I look forward to revisiting you blog before you take off to become a movie star and marry Brad Pitt. Best of luck, Mike.

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  12. I went through what you did – mostly. Mine was in my left breast, and grew so fast it was 7cm within a month, from finding it myself to getting to the doc. I had a double also, but I didn’t go for reconstruction, so I am a REAL ‘flat chested broad’! LOL I am so glad you have Danny – having someone with you for support is wonderful. And all your friends online! You are truly blessed, and I am so glad you are feeling better!

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  13. Been out of pocket today at a med center, but wondering how you were doing.
    Glad to see you’ve been wilding around blogland today.
    Sometimes it’s hard to remember as well as things are going, the body still says WHOA – major trauma cuts, here. (Don’t worry. Won’t blow your kick it to the curb image).
    Smiles to ya! Hugs to family for their great job, too

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  14. Susie, I have seen you liking my posts the last couple days! Hooray! I think of you browsing the blogisphere and clicking likes and it makes me so happy.

    I was telling my husband today as we were walking that now I know I could face a double mastectomy or any other procedure because of you. I used to fear it to the extent of not scheduling screening tests but now I am scheduled for the tests my doc wants me to do, including mammo. I want to live too, no matter what obstacles are thrown in the way, and if I have to face an obstacle, I want to be strong like you. And I also told him about our plans to ski together in Colorado. He’s up for it. And you guys can come to California for a sunny beach break some looooong winter, too.

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  15. I leave the wordpress sphere for a short while and come back to having missed the opening song at your Boob Party. Do forgive me for my lateness. I think boobs are over-rated anyway, so just pop them on the shelf. They perhaps deserve some rest by now. Well, it certainly is a Wild Ride with Susie, but always a pleasure! I like your positive, creative and pro-active approach to the situation, and as such I will keep in motion with you, so rest assured that I will not visit your blog with sympathy, but with the same mind-set as I always have done… hehe :)

    Energy, light and harmonic blessings to you and your family during this time Susie.

    Stay blessed and keep dancing!
    :)

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  16. Susie, so, so relieved to hear you are doing better and you absolutely DO NOT have to answer everyone of us!! You will exhaust yourself. We love you. We know you’re grateful for our support. Now get back to resting and healing!!! :D

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  17. Thank you Austin! I finally feel like I am coming out of the fog. I really appreciate your prayers and I believe they helped! Who knew this roadblock was ahead of me? Sheesh!

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  18. Praying for you. Your story is encouraging, and I believe your positive spirit has encouraged many to keep up the fight against cancer. Waiting for more Wild Rides

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  19. Wonderful news! Well, it would have been better news if you hadn’t had to go through any of this, but under the circumstances it is great! Still a distance to go back to your ‘normal’ life, but the big hill is behind you!

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  21. I have been thinking of you and sending good wishes, thoughts and prayers sweetie (((((virtual hugs))))):) Now thinking about you in the recovery process – you are a wild rider and I know you will kick butt! I am glad to hear the nodes were not cancerous – great news. Take Care & Take It Easy!

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  22. It’ll be ok, Susie. My very best wishes for..whatever you want yourself. A double mastectomy is stinky but maybe has two potential upsides?? you don’t have cancer, and you can have new boobs!

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  23. Don’t you dare respond to all of us individually, Susie. I’m still {HUGGING} you and haven’t stopped for an instant. The news Danny posted news is so good. I knew it would be. Deep down inside me I knew you too would be a survivor. Signing off now with tears of joy streaming my face.

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  24. WOO-HOO!! WOO-HOO!! WOO-HOO!! Clear Lymph nodes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    We’re thinking of you both and praying for you both and sending you both love……GO TEAM KICK ASS!!

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  25. Reblogged this on Spinster's Compass and commented:
    This is a timely coincidence. A loved one, related to me via my late grandmother and whom I’d not spoken to on the phone for a long time, sent me a social media private message yesterday saying that she had to tell me something and asked me to call her. She informed me that she was diagnosed with breast cancer last month, and she’s only telling people who are near & dear to her. Not only am I glad that her treatment is going well so far, I’m also truly honored that she holds me in enough esteem to tell me, even after all these years. I love her.

    So for the blogger who’s dealing with this now, I wish you the very best. Take it easy & take care. Bless.

    P.S. Hat tip to Philosopher Mouse Of The Hedge for bringing this to my attention.

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  26. Glad all went well. Just heard about your situation via Kristen Lamb’s blog and wanted to pop over and wish you well. Also wanted to share something very touching from my sister’s experience with a double mastectomy. One day when I was changing her bandages, her husband came in from work, walked over and kissed her chest so tenderly. What a wonderful moment that was. I thought of that when I read your comment about your concerns over your sexuality following the surgery. I have a feeling your Danny is as supportive as my sister’s husband. That is a blessing.

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  27. Susie … I’m glad that you’re doing fine after the operation – You just make sure that you take it easy and recover in a nice and comfortable pace.
    Danny, thank you so much for keeping us posted. I don’t know if Susie follows me … here is the shortlink, http://wp.me/p293Pw-6gE – for my letter to Susie. You both will be in my thoughts. Danny, be close to her, give her the time and space she needs. We will be here whenever there is any minutes leftover.

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  28. This is terrific new and wonderful to hear that you are doing well. All us bloggers here were thinking of you and sending our thoughts and prayers. You are a brave and inspiring woman!

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  29. Good work – both of you!
    Seriously, Susie, my wife and I have been pulling for you.
    Your journey mirrors our own to a point, and we respect and admire your courage and perseverance.
    You’re the best, Susie Lindau. The very best.

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  30. Good news. Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen the strength and spirit of women as they faced down health issues or potential health issues. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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  31. As you can tell, we’re all sending those positive thoughts and prayers.
    YEA you! So far so good! Now rest up. There’s exercises to do (mental or physical not such a reach for a determined gal like you!) Try grab a giggle when you can. That view on your deck is waiting – we can’t wait to see those toes there again. Star dust to you and Danny – and all your family!

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  32. SUCH good news, Susie!! I am so happy to hear it. I had no doubt that you would come out of it clear and safe. I hope you have a quick recovery and are back up and blogging soon. Your fans demand it!! :)

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  33. So happy about the lymph nodes! We have all been patiently and anxiously waiting for the post-op report. I hope you get some good meds to take care of that pain. Make sure to ask for a handy hand held pump so you can self medicate! :) More prayers going your way! Susie Strong! :)

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  34. Susie/Danny! I’ve been away from the blogging community and computer-land in general for awhile and am just catching up with all this! I wish you and yours good, healing thoughts. Susie, your strength and spirit are a testament to who you are and an inspiration for all of us. Get well and my thoughts and prayers are with you. xo

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  36. Oh, gosh, that’s great news, Danny. Susie said clear Lymph nodes were the Next Big Thing in kicking C’s @$$.

    Echoing Renee, tell Susie we’ll be here. Rest, Susie, rest! [Talk about a tough assignment. You have your work cut out for you on gaining compliance with that sage counsel.]

    When I read this post — the back-and-forth between the two of you — I realized how much you need a ton of hugs from Susie’s Wild Riders. I suspect you suffered as much (if not more) angst and worry over this as Susie. Sometimes, standing on the sidelines when part of you wishes you could take on her burden is the hardest cheerleader/spectator role of all.

    When I ping hugs from the stars over Texas to those over Boulder, I’ll pick out a second one for you.

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  37. “Thank you Lord for answering our prayers… and Susie seems to be in good spirits… the pain is one thing she will overcome.. and it is good to hear of another who is taking on the big C and kicking its ass out of here.. you go girl”… This is from Linda my wife, a triple cancer sufferer now in remission… another ass kicker of C

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  38. So so glad for clear lymph nodes. Prayers of thanks going up, and more prayers and hugs winging their way to you. Have some good giggles with the nurses, and sleep well.

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  39. PMOTH sent a shout out that I couldn’t resist. I didn’t have to look far to recognise the spirit and humour she admires. The thoughts of many are with you. No less mine :)

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  40. Tearing up here for both of you. You make it sound so damn easy but I know that it isn’t. Susie, you are incredible! Danny, you are the best ever! You are there for your woman, through thick and thin.

    There will be low moments and tears but you are both so strong. You will come through this! We WANA’s are so with you #SusieStrong! We love you both!!

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  41. Why did I think that you’d be posting ASAP. Relax, with all the positive vibes going out your way should carry you for at least a month or so. By then you’ll be back. One thing, if you can get the hubs to bring you outside food it’ll help a lot. Hospital food sucks, I know.

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  42. Sounds like you’re doing great, Susie. You’re a winner and you’re already winning this battle. Stay positive, stay strong. I’ll be waiting for you in the winner’s circle.

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  43. Dear Susie,
    As I told you a few days ago, with so many people praying for you and your amazing attitude nothing could ever go wrong. I’m very happy for you and hope you’ll be back with us soon enough. The ride is not half so wild without you!

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  44. I’m so glad to hear this news, and many thanks for the update, Danny! Susie, you’re such a great role model, and I’m thrilled to know you came through the surgery so well. I’ve been thinking of you and praying for you all day. Sending lots of positive thoughts, love and gentle hugs, Julie xoxox

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  45. Susie, I’ve read your blog for several years and have followed your adventures and family, so I seem to know you, although we have never met. This is your greatest adventure yet. So glad your are recovering and keeping such a positive attitude. Keep it up.
    Your OpenSalon friend,
    Ralph

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  46. I’ve been thinking of you all day, wondering how you were doing. So happy to know you came through it with your amazing sense of humor in tact. Take care of yourself!

    And thanks for the update, Danny. Hugs to both of you!!

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  47. Dearest Susie and Danny,
    Wonderful, wonderful news. The lymph nodes are a HUGE biggie. Awesome. The new “girls” will develop over time. Sending healing and light. Keep focusing on breathing, Susie.
    Cathy

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    • Thanks for all your support V! I am just now breathing easy after treading water in the deep end for days! It will feel good to get some sun on my face. Okay maybe just metaphorically since it is pretty stormy outside. :)

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      • The sky will eventually clear and the sun will return for you to have an opportunity to bask soon, Susie. Continue to work on recovering and don’t rush anything (too much). Meanwhile I’ll continue to keep my fingers, legs and eyes crossed for you — New Yorkers can get away with all kinds of oddball behavior.

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  48. Thank God the lymph nodes are clear! Thanks for the great news, Danny. Susie, you’re a super star! You’re all over the cyberverse today and so many have rallied in support and love for you, it’s amazing and uplifting. The comments left on your blog today touched me deeply. Have been teary-eyed thinking about you today. I hope the pain eases up soon.
    Love, hugs, and prayers to you and your family.

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    • Lynn, you have been such a dear friend. Thank you so much for everything. As I come out of the fog, I am overwhelmed by the incredible support. I could feel every bit of it!!
      Thank you so much for the prayers. I plan to do everything I can to heal up fast so I can get back to my Wild Life!

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  49. Danny! Thanks for the update! So glad to know the nodes were clear. Tell Susie not to worry about us and to just focus on healing! We’ll be here when she’s feeling better.

    I told her this on the phone the other night, but please reiterate!

    In the meantime, take care of our girl!

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    • Thanks Renee! This is my first hour without the purple haze! Whew! Talk about a wild couple of days. I am feeling stronger and look forward to catching up in between long naps.
      Thanks for all of your super support! I am so grateful for the shout outs and prayers. I truly believe they all worked!!
      I am feeling stronger!!

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    • I sure did get through this! It is already becoming very hazy in the rear view mirror which is exactly how I want it. Thanks so much for the prayers and friendship Linda!!!

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  50. Yay, this is the best of news! So happy things went well and that Susie, your children, and you Danny survived all this todayThanks for the update and please continue to give Susie our love!

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