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Update on Surgery / Health - June 3, 2021

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Hi Spark Friends!
First of all, I would like to say thank you for all the nice messages about my 12 year maintenance anniversary. Maintaining is not in any way easy, and it definitely has been a bumpy road for me. I'm currently about 3 pounds over where I set my original goal with weight watchers. I do however feel best about 10 pounds lighter than I am currently. I went through a few months of "rebellion" recently and it played havoc. On a positive note, I am back being mindful and eating healthy.

About my surgery... some of my friends are aware that I had a prophelactic double masectomy 2 weeks ago. I am one of those lucky ones that has the BRCA2 gene mutation. I had breast cancer in my 30's and at that time had a lumpectomy with chemo/radiation. There was some thought at the time that it could be family related, however gene testing was still in the future. I was tested in 2018 and that is when I found I was positive for the mutation. My OB/GYN highly recommended I have ovaries/tubes removed so I did that in 2019. Being in my 60's they weren't doing much for me anyway lol. This past year, my doctor asked "how long are you going to play Russian Roulette". My chance of a breast cancer recurrence goes up every year and was at 84%. I feel I'm in good health and hopefully have 20+ years to enjoy. Having the surgery takes my odds of a recurrence to less than 5% so it seemed reasonable to do so. I consulted with my oncologist and a few other doctors and proceeded.

My recovery has been progressing smoothly. I'm two weeks post op and have been walking daily. Not doing any lifting but my range of motion is good. I have "expanders" and those aren't real comfortable, but necessary part of the reconstruction process. Later this Summer (I hope) I will have expanders exchanged for implants.

My Sister has been staying with me and has been doing cooking, cleaning, driving, What a treat! I need to be helpless as long as possible. lol The hubbie has also been a help but he is out of town currently dealing with getting his 96 year old Mother who has dementia in assisted living. Just a lot going on.

This is a photo of my Sister and I out for a pedicure a few days ago, Haven't had one in months so fun outing.

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    Live life to the fullest, tell sis to say as long as she likes.
    41 days ago
    OH MY.

    Now that I got that out of the way ... YOU go girl. YOU got this. I had a lumpectomy in 2000 and then another occurrence in 2012. Us girls gotta take good care of US.

    Let everyone wait on you hand and foot.

    48 days ago
    Wishing you all the best with your recovery. So difficult to be faced with that decision but your choice was courageous and sane. And: you're looking wonderful!!
    53 days ago
    You certainly had a lot to think about in your life. Sisters can be a very good thing. (((HUGS)))
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    53 days ago
    I think you made the right decision. I was in grad school for genetics when they discovered the BRCA1 gene, and we were excited by that news because the discovery would surely save lives. Back in those days few believed cancer was even hereditary. I’ve met the woman who discovered the gene, Mary-Claire King, and she is both brilliant and down-to-earth, and invested in using science to help people. She also spent a lot of time identifying the children of the Disappeared, in Argentina.

    Best wishes for a smooth recovery. I’ve had pedicures with my sister @HAVASUROSE, and it was fun.

    53 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/4/2021 9:12:29 AM
    I am so glad your recovery is proceeding well. My ex-SIL (who is still part of our lives, even though she and my brother divorced more than 20 years ago) had a radical bilateral mastectomy about 5 years ago. She decided against reconstruction and went with a giant tattoo instead. I wish my doctor tested for the mutation as a matter of course, but alas she does not. I wish you the best for an uncomplicated recovery!
    53 days ago
    I am very happy to hear the surgery went well and that you are recovering nicely. What a relief it must be to get your risk down to 5% from 84%. Having had a different kind of surgery recently, I sure don't want to do it again, but if there were a high a risk of getting a deadly disease and it could be drastically reduced by surgery, I sure would do it. You are so active, positive, and full of life, Rhonda. I really hope you feel 100% good soon and that we can be Spark geezers together in our old age.

    Blessings to you all--you, your sister, your husband, and his 96-year-old mother. Stay well and enjoy life.
    54 days ago
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    Sending hugs and wishes for a speedy recovery. Take good care!!
    54 days ago

    Glad your recovery is progressing smoothly and you have support.
    54 days ago
    Stay strong and live long
    54 days ago
    I'm so glad to hear things are going well, Sweetie. You're a trooper!
    54 days ago
    I’m so glad that your doctor pushed you a bit and you agreed to the surgery. You’re very brave that couldn’t have been easy but as you said you plan on being around at least another 20 years!
    You have worked so hard to get and stay healthy.
    I hope your recovery continues to go smoothly, my friend, and what a blessing to have your sister there.
    54 days ago
    (((HUGS))) So glad you're recuperating and have your sister to help you!

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