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Post Surgery

When I wake, I’m facing a work area with curtains to my sides. It’s an odd feeling to find you’ve been moved while unconscious. It reminds me of being a little kid and falling asleep in the car on the way home from my grandparents’. I would become dimly aware of being...

Pre-Surgery

Bob and I are up early; check-in time is 6:30 AM. I’m not allowed to eat, but mercifully, black coffee is permitted. I feel more resigned than apprehensive. Since I have to do this, let’s get it done. I’m so rarely up this early that it feels other-worldly to be...

Know your Enemy

At Dr. Fisher’s office, his nurse, Paula, weighs me and takes a blood pressure reading. It’s so alarming, she takes it again. Still high. Normally, it’s in the healthy range. Normally, I don’t worry quite so much. Maybe the discussion on surgery will calm me down. Dr....

Lumpectomy or Mastectomy?

Lumpectomy or Mastectomy? If I focus on one problem at a time, maybe I can do this. The Breast Center emailed me a video which cheerfully explains the choice, with detailed pros and cons, and what to expect from each procedure. The video shows animated breast pictures...