Great News!

Great News!

My doctor delivered the wonderful news today when I went for my post surgical follow up: The pathology from surgery came back negative for cancer, and my pathologic complete response is confirmed! Thank God! My fantastic surgeon did the happy dance on my behalf. Believe me when I say that I would have joined her had I not been half dressed on the exam table! I have hoped, prayed, and believed that this would be the outcome of the long journey, but it feels so good to have that confirmed.

I had chemotherapy before I had the mastectomy in order to watch the effectiveness of the treatment.  This is called neoadjuvant chemotherapy. The significance of a pathologic complete response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy is that patients who achieve a pathologic complete response are at much lower risk for subsequent distant recurrence of cancer. And the benefit for the aggressive cancer that I had (triple negative) means that I have up to a 75% lesser chance of a cancer down the road. This is the absolute best outcome possible.

I could hardly wait to share this news with you all.  Thank you again for your prayers and support (and fantastic food). I know this is a short post but, to be honest, typing isn’t the most comfortable position these days. I’m still a little swollen from the surgery, but my body is healing really well. It just feels like I’m carrying a clutch bag under my arms all the time. This too shall pass. Stuart made my life with the surgical drains much easier by purchasing a canvas tool belt from the hardware store. The drain bulbs fit in the pockets, and every time I look down I’m reminded that I’m an ACE. Hahaha! Gotta love my practical man.

I’ll let you know how things go when I see the plastic surgeon next week. There is an end in sight. Almost there….

 

32 Replies to “Great News!”

  1. Yes! Cancer Free!!! When my pathology results after mastectomy/lymph nodes removal came back negative I considered myself Cancer Free You are a warrior conqueror and survivor It’s behind you and every day you will heal and get better Congratulations

  2. God is so good!! I think back to when we were younger, going to church with your mom and dad. We were taught at an early age to trust and love God! We all are seeing the fruit of their labor! Praise God!! What a blessing!

  3. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
    Yolanda, I am rejoicing with you! You have faced this battle with faith, trust & courage.
    Prayers will continue. Love you girl♥️

  4. Great news Yolanda. It is a blessing to know that God does hear and answer our prayers. Your courage and your faith has been so refreshing. May God’s love continue to shower you.
    Love you

  5. Praise the Lord for all his mercies and everlasting compassion. Great News! May the Lord forever keep you in his loving care.

  6. Praise God for healing and the restoration of your body. Our future with you looks great. Hallelujah! I am going to do the happy dance right now for both of us.

  7. Praise the Lord, Yolanda!! I hope you write a little book of your journey, as I am sure many, many could benefit from your perspective. (And I know you have more to tell! I’ll be doing a happy dance for you this St. Patty’s Day! Love, Loren

  8. We are so happy for you. May the Lord Jesus continue to bless you. I have shared your updates in our Bible Study time and pray for you.

  9. God is good. What wonderful news. I was just thinking about you a few days ago wondering how you were doing. This post was joyfully received! Your faith is so strong and such an encouragement to me and I’m sure to others. And you have such a good sense of humor…I imagine God smiles a time or two.

  10. As James T says “IT’S A CELEBRATION”!! I’m so happy for you!! It’s about time you catch a break. Cheers !!

  11. Oh Yolanda, what incredible news..praise God from whom all blessings flow..yu have been so positive during this journey and all your family…God bless you and if and when you want to return to Woman to Woman and share your story we would be honored…..

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