Yes, I'm alive... And even showered, finally. Surgery went well, not fun, that's for sure, especially the part where you have vials full of fluids from your insides hanging off you. Two of the drains came out today and the remaining two should hopefully come out Monday. That will feel very, very good. The pathology showed a very good response to chemotherapy. 25% of the large mass remains, and 2mm of cancer remains in one lymph node, after early scans showed four enlarged lymph nodes. I had twenty lymph nodes out though, which hopefully will work out ok for me re: swimming and other fun things in the future. The surgical margins were all clear and clean, so basically I'd like to think at this moment that I am cancer free.
Monday I see the radiation oncologist and will know more details about when and how much of that I am having. It will be four weeks or six weeks probably, and is five days per week. The radiation is happening because of the cancer, even the teeny bit, remaining in the one lymph node, and because a bit of the tumor hung on despite the chemo. It is done to take care of any potential "rogue" cancer cells wandering around in my chest. It is the easiest part of this whole thrill ride, and the hard parts are pretty well done.
I have a ways to go to heal from the surgery and am still pretty much lying around taking pain pills. My cousin left me her "Six Feet Under" complete collection after her visit, so I am pretty well set on tv between that and "Parenthood." I know what Mia and I will be doing tomorrow.