- I haven’t met with Dr. Klimberg as a patient since the day of my diagnosis, February 17th. She was marveled at the good work of Dr. Makhoul and could not believe the difference in my breast tissue.
- My final chemo day (8th treatment) will be June 15th. Dr. Klimberg said that she needs me to be off of chemo for a month as it has a tendency to break down the healing process. Therefore, my surgery is tentatively scheduled for July 19th. I was hopeful that it would be sooner but goodness knows that this is major surgery and I will need everything to go my way.
- We decided on a double bilateral mastectomy versus the right breast only. Some studies show that this might decrease my chances of IBC recurrence from 50% to about 25%. I’m all for that!! Of course, this will also include the lymph nodes under my right arm.
- Reconstructive surgery will have to wait. Because post-surgery will require more chemotherapy along with radiation treatment, Dr. Klimberg said that the radiation is much more effective without any obstacles, direct hit to the affected tissue area.
Of course, all of this means that I’m going to be completely focused on getting Anna-Lee ready for college BEFORE surgery. She will leave for the University of Arkansas the first of August. I’m going to have to get my to-do list going very soon.