It has been almost a week since we went over to Christchurch for the results of my operation. I as still coming to terms with the news.
First of all I was told the area removed was good with plenty of clear margins. The orignal lump was removed and has been sent to England, just to be totally certain what it is and that it is still harmless. Now the news....in the area removed, there has been found a small cancer. What I had before the operation was termed 'pre-cancer' but some cancer has also been found in the area.
So now I have to go back for more surgery...they want to remove an even bigger margin and also take some of the lymph nodes out from under my arm. Which means from now on for the rest of my lfe I have to be careful not to scratch the arm, or get it sunburnt or bitten by insects. The lymph nodes remove bacteria and other harmful agents, so I can not overload the ones under that arm or else my arm will swell up...not very common these days...so it means having antibiotics on hand at all times.
Because of all this, now before the radiation, I have to have 6 months of Chemotherapy. At least this can be done in Greymouth which is 50 minutes away. It is once every 3 weeks, to allow the body to get over each dose. I will lose my hair. For me that is so revolting, but I know it will grow back, and I have to keep in mind, that the hair loss is only temporary, and the treatment causing it, will make me better. The chemo is a still a way off yet. The surgery will be in the next couple of weeks and the results of that will say what happens after that and when.
I have even dragged out the wool stash to have a go at knitting some hats for when I do lose my hair. At least the majority of it will happen over summer, but I will still be hairless, when the weather starts to cool again next Autumn.
I am still knittting my cardi...allbeit slowly now.
Thankyou for all the best wishes so far...they means a lot :)
~ Saturday Morning ~
5 hours ago