I'm done. I'm done with the painful, sickening treatments for the second time. I've fought breast cancer twice, and for the time being I've won. Again.
I think it will be a few more days before the full magnitude of these statements sink in. I'm done!!!
The appointment today was perfect. Dr. Surgical Oncologist snipped my stitches and pulled out my J-P drains. Whew! It wasn't quite as ticklish as last time. I think it was due to the fact that the drains were shorter--she said that she trims the length of the drain tubes based on how many lymph nodes she removes. Since I only lost two lymph nodes, the drains were relatively short, perhaps about 6-8 inches each. I had gotten so accustomed to having the drains in that all day I've been having to re-learn how to live without them. No, I don't have to clutch my elbow to my side and lift slightly to relieve the pressure on the stitches. No, I don't have to make sure I'm not slamming them in the car door. No, I don't have to avoid laying on them while I'm sleeping. Oh! Sleep! It will be so sweet tonight!
She also gave me the results of the Tumor Board's discussion. Based on the favorable pathology results, the consensus is that I do not need radiation for either my lymph nodes or my lungs. Huzzah! They do still recommend that I remain on Herceptin + Pertuzumab "indefinitely". That's fine with me. I'm so lucky that there is something to help control my disease.
I still have so much recovery ahead of me, but I'm thrilled to know that it won't be undone for awhile. For the first time in months my recovery will be exclusively forward. No backward steps due to do further treatments. Just forward.