We got the call.
Mom asked the Boy to put our phone on speaker. Our phone decided to die instead.
We called back to get the news. Dr. Law had just called. He had good news. Pathology news.
They took 56 lymph nodes, that’s basically all of them from the immediate area. Of those 56, just 3 showed positive with Cancer. Of course we wanted 0 – but 3 of 56, that’s a pretty nice ratio. Plus – they’re gone. And since that ratio is so low, combined with the fact they took pretty much everything anywhere close – that means (in my mind anyway) they got them all.
The tumour was contained to the stomach (you know other than those few lymph nodes) it had not spread to the abdominal cavity. That’s great news.
It’s a Stage 3 cancer – that’s because it spread to the lymph nodes. The staging was no surprise, while typically we’re a Stage 1 kind of family – based on what we knew going in, this was basically what we were hoping for.
But overall, the Boy was right.
They got it. She’s Cancer Free. And its all healing and prevention from here out.
The recovery is going slower than she’d like. We are really appreciative of your continued notes, calls and positive thoughts. If you’re visiting, please keep in mind that Mom is very much recovering and needs a lot of rest. Doctor’s orders. Right now, it’s best to call first to make sure it’s a good day and a good time.
Mom is tired and getting used to eating without a stomach is definitely taking some getting used to. Each day seems to be a little bit better than the one before. And something tells me that this news is going to offer that extra bit of encouragement.
More chemo is on its way – they will definitely want to address those pesky 3 lymph nodes. Those 3 are gone, but they’ll want to make sure there isn’t any stragglers that missed the memo – the party’s over, get out. We’re not sure when that will start, but it should be sometime in December.
For now, a giant exhale and teeny tiny meals are both on the menu.
Message from Mom: “Thanks for all the prayers, positive thoughts, love and friendship – they obviously work!”