Final Biopsy Results and Plastic Surgeons

Last Tuesday Holly had a Sentinel-node biopsy. It was an outpatient surgery where they remove a few lymph nodes and test to see if the cancer has spread there. Generally, that’s where breast cancer spreads to first, so if it’s not there they know it’s contained. This video explains the procedure more:

And… none of the three lymph nodes the surgeon removed showed any signs of cancer. Obviously, this is great news and it means we are as sure as we can be that the cancer is confined to her breast.

So, the next step is picking a plastic surgeon to do the reconstruction. The pool is limited as many plastic surgeons don’t do reconstruction, but the breast surgeon has recommended three.

We met with the first one today and were a little disappointed. We are seeing the next one tomorrow morning, and hoping it’s a better fit.

Based on schedules of all the doctors, it’s currently looking like the mastectomy/reconstruction surgery won’t take place until early- to mid-September. We wish it could be sooner, but don’t have much control over it. Plus, we are trying to work around not missing Grady’s first day of Kindergarten which it coming up in a couple of weeks.

Thanks for following along and for all the prayers. Tomorrow marks the two month anniversary of her diagnosis, and while we are more used to being here, it hasn’t gotten any easier.

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  1. Lori Blagg · August 15, 2009

    Holly, I’ve been thinking of you a lot lately and you and your family have certainly been in my prayers. We have officially moved so we could get adjusted a little here before John David started school. He still talks about Grady all the time! I wish I could do more to help out. I love you girl! Um still at the same number if you ever want to talk. I so enjoyed our last conversation. You were so encouraging to me. Just watching your faith in all this trial has been amazing!

  2. Erin Moore · August 16, 2009

    Praising God for this news and praying that these lymph nodes are cancer-free as well.

    In Christ,
    Erin