Last Monday’s surgery went really well. The doctor found exactly what he expected: observable cancer in only the one lymph node. As a precaution, he removed the nodes on either side of the malignant one, and will send all three, along with abdominal fluid, to the pathology lab to make sure everything is as it seems. This will be the last step in confirming the cancer is limited to this one location. If so (I should find out by the end of the week), I will be scheduled to meet with the radiation oncologist within the next couple of weeks to develop the plan for radiation therapy.
Apart from the findings, the surgery also went much more smoothly for me physically than the surgery last fall. My pain has been controlled much more effectively, and I have had to take only over-the-counter Aleve and Tylenol since Friday. My energy level and mobility are much improved from last time, as well. I was able to work from home today for four hours.
My time with family last week after the hospital was just what I had hoped. I had lots of help when I needed it, lots of distraction with nieces and nephews, and lots of time to rest and relax.
I am so thankful to the Lord for sustaining me through this latest surgery. I feel very hopeful with the good outcome and am seeking to live fully even as I walk through this round of treatment. Thanks so much for all of your encouragement and prayer.