Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Thirty Six Days...From M to M

Tomorrow is THE day...the day that I have my right mastectomy. The day that my breast will be removed, due to Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.  After surgery tomorrow, I will no long have breasts, but a breast.  For 38 years, my breasts have been part of my body.  They have been part of my sexuality, and have given my children nourishment, comfort, and a built-in pillow (as Griffen says!).  Apparently, my right breast is also trying to kill me.

In 36 short days, I will have gone from my first mammogram ever, to a skin sparing mastectomy of my right breast.  A self-breast exam most-likely saved my life.  (Speaking of that, have you completed your SBE lately?)  As much as I think I am prepared for surgery tomorrow, I know that I am not fully prepared for the realization that I will wake up from anesthesia, with only one breast.

I am to report to Coliseum Medical Center at 8:45 a.m., Wednesday morning.  All of my pre-op admission paperwork, blood work, EKG, etc., were completed on Friday, so that's out of the way.  From what I have been told, I will receive some IV fluids for approximately two-hours.  I will then receive an  injection of a radioactive substance for the sentinel node biopsy.  Read more about it here.

My bag is packed, and I have a list of last minute things to pack in the morning.  I'll wake up in the morning, and try to have a "normal" school morning for Griffen and Arleigh.  We have decided to let Adelia accompany us to the hospital, as she certainly won't be able to concentrate at school tomorrow, anyway.  My wonderful parents have been here for a few days, and will be there for support and comfort...not only for me, but for Jeff and Adelia, also.

I am humbled my the continued outpouring of prayers, well-wishes and love from my friends.  To say "thank you", is not sufficient.  As always, I know that the journey I am traveling, is much easier knowing that I have God and the support system that I do.

My Facebook will be updated throughout the day tomorrow, and maybe I will be able to blog.  If not, look for a guest blogger!

God bless you,
TTFN - (guess that tomorrow I'll be TFN!)


SouthernCharmD said...

You and your family are in my prayers, Shelby.
Love, Donna Rudser-Sikes

Dana said...

Shelby, you are one Incredible Lady !
Sending Love to YOU and YOUR family.

Anonymous said...

You will be in my thoughts and prayers tomorrow, as you have been since I read your first blog. Stay strong. . . With that strength, love and support from your wonderful family and friends and continued prayers you will be a SURVIVOR!

Love and Hugs,
Amy Cooney

Anonymous said...

I am so proud of you and your attitude...but most of all for your faith! You are an inspiration to me and I love you! We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.....


Anonymous said...

PRAYING FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i am near if you need anything at all! 957 8813.

Tina Wilson said...

Shelby, you and your family are in my prayers. You have an outstanding attitude! May God be with you. Tina (Stormant) Wilson

Anonymous said...

Dear Mrs.Shelby, I don't know you, but have been where you are. I lost both my breasts at 28 yrs. old,as a mother of a five year old. Life will never be the same for you or I now. The most wonderful gift I recieved is the desire to know Jesus more. He took me through the valley and gave me peace. I know and pray He will do the same for you. Much love and speedy recovery will be sent your way!

tracy said...

Shelby, since i read these in the morning, you are most likely through your procedure, and are in recovery by now. i continue to pray for you. we love and miss you all, i will check in with sister to see how you are

Debi said...

Prayers are sent up for you as you go through your surgery and begin another chapter of your life. I'll put you on the our prayer request list on the Front Porch. You are an incredibly strong lady. I admire your outlook. God's Blessings to you...and you family. <3 and Hugs

vickie said...

Sending my prayers for you, your family and all that stand by you. Love and Hugs that you will come through this with flying colors. God is wonderfuland he can give the peace you need.