Still nothing new to report--the company that does the genetic testing received my samples last Thursday and said it will take about 10-14 days from there before they will have results. Of course, the whole process for isolating the RNA, doing the PCR and analyzing the results in reality takes less than 2 days (I'm being generous here, my lab easily could do it in a day) but I am learning the meaning of the word patience.
I have gotten the name of another oncologist and will be getting a second opinion on my treatment. Although the oncologist I visited is one of the best in the DC area I am hesitant to base my treatment options on a cohort study of 700 patients. I am now a single parent and I need to make my decision knowing that I have to think about her and our future--I would hate to have to live through this again knowing that chemotherapy might have prevented it.
The swelling in my breast is finally going down and it is beginning to become very obvious that a woman with small breasts that has a 4.5 x 3.9 x 1.5 cm chunk cut out looks a little bit uneven. The incision runs along the entire left side but it is healing nicely. My lymph node site is still uncomfortable and I can usually feel pulling and stinging when I over do, I'm glad they only took one node!
I am on vacation this entire week, Tiger Lily and I are going to have some fun before school starts. I'm still living week to week but I know this week I have no doctor appointments or treatments planned so we're going to explore the DC area. Today we are off to the zoo to see the cheetahs and the pandas.
Have a great week.