TMI Thursday, Fighting Like a Girl…

 

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On my way out the door to see Pat, my trainer.  She has been through a hip replacement and had a malignant tumor on her foot removed, works out regularly and is a personal trainer!   She is one of the most positive people I know and hanging out with her is a pain (in my arms, my knees, etc.) but never a chore! 😉

Today we’re working on back, upper body and arm strength because I won’t be able to use my right arm and side for a little bit after the surgery.

As to the surgery, good news, I think.  My interventional radiologist and hemotologist have decided I don’t need the filter placed after all since I had another ultrasound that showed no blood clots.  So apparently my chance of developing a clot after surgery will be no greater than anyone else.  And because I’m only having a mastectomy on one side, they can restart a low dose of blood thinner fairly soon after surgery.  And they could do an ultrasound and place a filter if I develop blood clot symptoms while in the hospital following surgery.  So, yay…

I would not be lying to say I’m actually doing fine, just waiting for the surgery date to get here.  And I also wouldn’t be lying to say that sometimes I’m scared witless just waiting for the surgery date to get here!

Photo of Pat M. is my own

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  1. I’m sure that the surgery date is looming large. It would be for all of us. The important part is that you’re going to be fine. And you have hordes of friends here, including me, who will be here for you. 💗💗💗💗💗

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    1. Thank you, dear Rob! It really does help, all the good thoughts from my WP friends! ❤

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      1. I understand about the being scared witless and being impatient for the surgery date to finally get here! I also understand that you are doing just fine. I am so glad you are still working out and that you have a positive relationship with your trainer! All good things. Keep fighting lady. Keep fighting. ❤

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      2. Thanks, Renee. I’m trying! Do u mind my asking what your number was from the genetic test? I’m going to have it (they said insurance would cover it, but I guess not always, hmm) And I just know I’ll be in the middle where I’ll have to decide about chemo…

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      3. I have brca2…. I can look the gene location # up if you need it. I had mine done after I started chemo. took about 3 weeks to get the result. It meant that I was a candidate for breast cancer (duh) ovarian cancer and skin cancer..which I already struggle with.. so I am glad I had the bi0lateral oophorectomy done as a preventative. oh wait you are asking about the chemo gene test!!!! ha ha I was right on the border 18. BUT I have a huge family history of cancer…and as I mentioned above brca2 positive.. My theory was: I should fight with all I can now while I am young and stronger because if I had recurrence I would kick myself for NOT doing chemo. ❤ anytime you want to chat I am here. ❤

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      4. Thanks for sharing. I think you made a wise choice. I have virtually no family history other than my mom who had breast cancer late in life so they did not recommend genetic testing. I will have the chemo gene test done and I’ll choose chemo if I’m borderline at all. I agree, why wouldn’t I, right? Thanks, Renee, for your support. You are amazing and I feel lucky to count you as a friend xoxo

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  2. Thank you for the good report. You and Ms Pat sound like the strong part of a an excellent team. A little freaking out once in a while seems normal. You’ll be fine. Prayerfully yours. ❤

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    1. Thank for saying that, and that’s all it is, just a brief freak out! Pat is wonderful. Love her dearly!

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  3. This sounds like you are doing what needs to be done. Good for you for taking care of yourself. I like the example of your trainer. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Get well soon.

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  4. You are an inspiration, Diane! 💜

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    1. Aw, thanks, Kay. Haven’t reached the going crazy stage yet, maybe next week when it’s closer to surgery time, lol!

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      1. And if it happens, so be it! Embrace the crazy. We’ll all walk through it with ya. 💜

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      2. Thanks, Kay, I can tell if I have too much time to think about it, it starts to get to me. So back to the gym a lot!

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      3. Good idea! Stay busy!

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      4. Yes, but my writing seems stuck. I think I’ll just wait it out and do other things…

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      5. I can’t possibly know how you feel, but I can say that when I’m faced with something which feels emotionally overwhelming, I tell myself that writing should be able to help, like I have this expectation that it should. And then that becomes another thing to worry about! Which makes me even more stuck, lol. I say go with the flow! Write if and when the bug strikes you. Do anything that feels good, in that particular moment! Maybe that’s lofty thinking, but you deserve it.

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      6. Thanks, Kay, you’re right. I think I’ll get a pedicure tomorrow. 😀

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      7. And listen to some kick ass music or read a book you’ve been meaning to get to while your tootsies get some love!

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  5. Yay for any good news. Wishing you all the best. XOXOXO

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  6. Waiting always seems to be the worst part. But you are so strong and so positive! I truly admire you for how amazingly you’re dealing with everything. I’m happy to hear the good news. And still going for the workout — amazing! 🙂 ♥♥♥

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    1. Oh, thanks, I feel fine right now. Keeping busy is the only thing keeping me sane and the insanity will probably creep up on me soon, lol. I try to write and I can’t even come up with ideas right now! I’ll get through it and then I’ll be sorry I made such a big deal about it! xoxo

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      1. It’s totally right that you’d make a big deal about it! Anyone would! And you’re doing great. And if it ever does catch up, we’re here for you. xo ♥

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      2. Thank you! I can tell when I forget my meds I start to have those scary thoughts creeping in, but mostly I’m good. You guys are so great and I love you all!

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  7. Thinking of you. With someone like Pat around all shall be well. Hugs. 💞💞💞

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    1. Thanks, E. She truly is an inspiration!

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  8. Stay strong. Sending you prayers for a complete and swift recovery.

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    1. Thanks, Bernie, I’m just ready to do it, but setting up the time and the 2 surgeons took some planning xo

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  9. You, my dear, rock! I know you’re scared and the waiting game is torture, but you’re handling this like a pro. Stay positive and keep up the strengthening pre-procedure. Both will be beneficial throughout the whole thing. Good thoughts sent your way. 😊

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    1. Oh, T., thanks for saying that! I really am trying and it only gets to me if I have too much time on my hands… back to the gym tomorrow!

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      1. Good! Stick to the routine. That strength you build now will be so beneficial after the surgery. You’re doing what you need to do right now, and no filter is great news. Keep on keepin’ on and soak in the support and positive vibes around here and at home. You got this. 😊

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      2. I really can feel all the love and support from here and my family is wonderful. I’m a very lucky woman! xo

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      3. Good! Soak it in. There’s great power in positive thinking. Seeing the good brings the good. 😊

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  10. Somehow I have been so out of the loop I missed this news! I’m sorry, Diane. I am rooting for a smooth surgery and recovery for you! And as a personal trainer with my own health challenges, I’m happy to hear you’ll be continuing to work with yours, who sounds awesome by the way. Sending hugs 🤗🙏🏼💜

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    1. Thanks so much! I didn’t know you were a personal trainer, Em. Pat is such an inspiration and I love working with her. Hope you’re feeling better…

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  11. Hi sweet, strong girl! Love you so very much and love your spirit! I know all will be well, but waiting is not fun. A huge huge hug! xxxxx

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    1. Aww, Lynn, thanks, I love you, too! My WP friends are the best support group!

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  12. Waiting is always the hard part. Just hang in there. Let me know surg. date

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    1. September 20. Are you doing okay?

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  13. Think of you everyday…Sending you ((( ❤ ))) . My life is crap right now. It would make you feel better, but I'll wait for that lunch to spread all the joy…I love ya Mz. D I think that sometimes my life is for so other's can feel great about there's ❤

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    1. Aww, Patty, thanks for the love! I’m sorry things are not going well for you, hang in there xoxo

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      1. I’m tough too !! I learned along time ago how to fight like a girl ❤ Blessings ❤ Have a great weekend. Mine will be spent with our dentist 😦 …

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      2. Oh, that’s not fun. I’m dusting and doing floors, maybe cards or dinner out tomorrow…

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      3. Either one sounds better than a root canal, ughhh 😫😫

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      4. Well, true *nodding sympathetically*

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  14. Sending love your way. You’re an inspiration

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    1. Oh, thanks for that! I’ve gotten such wonderful support from people here xo

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      1. I’ll keep you in my prayers

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      2. I appreciate that so much! xo

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  15. Didn’t know you were doing a mastectomy. Good news about the filter and the clotting possibilities. Pat sounds like a wonderful person! 💜

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    1. Pat is great! Yeah, she’s helped other people afterwards, too, so I will continue with her a few more months, I think 🙂

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      1. Did you ever contact C. C. about a consult?

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      2. Not yet. Saving $.

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      3. I saw a commercial on TV after you had mentioned it. We’ll find a way for this to happen!

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      4. My husband left his horribly stressful job and got a new one. Our old insurance was excellent. Our new insurance is awful! $600 a month and we have to pay $5500 out of pocket before they pick up 70/30! Luckily, all my organs are behaving! 🙂

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      5. Oh, goodness, that is a lot! Insurance in this country is a mess. Sending lots of good thoughts to you!! ❤

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      6. Thanks, sweetheart! Yes ma’am. It’s a mess. I’m just praying my body keeps sailing along! 🙂 Doing pretty good right now. Thanks for asking. 🙂 💜

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      7. We will figure out a way to make it happen… I’m glad you are doing well xo

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      8. If I could see you right now, I’d kiss your cheek! 😊

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      9. Aw! You warm my heart! I love how you’re taking care of me, with all that you have going on. THAT is a sign of true friendship!

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      10. Well, you’ve been worrying about me, with everything you have going on. That is why we are friends!

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  16. Hang in there Diane! You have every right to be nervous, and I can’t say I’d handle it as well as you! But you’re a strong lady. You’ve got this.

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    1. Thanks, Paula, I’m mostly doing fine! Just when I have too much time to think about it…

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  17. Thinking of you and sending prayers!

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      1. You’re welcome!

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      2. Really good…. thanks for asking. Will have another biopsy in 6 months, but for now I’m doing great!

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  18. You’re an amazing woman. Your journey is inspiring. You should consider speaking to others about it. I think you’d change their world. ❤️

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    1. You are so sweet, thank you. I’m a very lucky woman to have so many great people in my life! xo

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  19. You’re amazing! So glad you have such an awesome support system, both in real life and on WP.

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    1. Thanks, Kim, I really do! I have great family and friends. I’m a very lucky woman!

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  20. Thank you for keeping us posted on your timelines and details.
    Like Rob said, you’ve got Hoards of us out here pulling, praying, and sending positive, good thoughts your way.
    Good for you to stay on top of your training. It will pay off.
    You will do great through this. I am looking forward to the best for you.

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    1. Thanks, I really can feel everyone’s love and support! xo

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  21. Oh Diane that is such great news about the filter! One less thing to have to deal with and worry about. You know the anticipation can sometimes be worse than the procedure and the healing afterwards. It’s amazing what your mind will do to you!! It’s impossible not to think about it but do whatever you can to keep your mind occupied. Like keeping it filled with positive thoughts that all will be well!! Keeping you in my prayers daily, all is good and will continue to be so. xo

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    1. Thank you, Deb, I’m doing well most of the time, trying to keep things normal at home!

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      1. Well know that I’m with you in spirit!! Wishing you a normal day! xo

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  22. You are real inspiration ! I am glad that I have introduced to such a great blog !
    Also pls do check my blog I am a new starter

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    1. Thank you, my dear. Your blog is very nicely done, wishing you luck with your studies!

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      1. Thank you very much !

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  23. VictoryInTrouble | Reply

    I’m so happy to hear your good news. You have so many in your corner! ❤

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    1. I know! I swear I can feel the love and support and I am so grateful!

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        I’m so glad you can!

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  24. It is so great that you have had Pat to give you pep talks, motivation and her own health challenges to inspire you. The mastectomy is a scary proposition if you weren’t so well informed and had such detailed steps given you to help prepare you so you may feel confident and positive, Dee. So glad they are giving you a pass on the filter “thingy.”
    Hugs, rainbows and warm thoughts sent your way, even if you don’t see me here, they will be ongoing. Do we have a date set? I may be too speedy a reader to digest the actual date. . . ❤

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    1. Thanks for all your good thoughts and prayers! September 20 is surgery, be glad when it gets here…

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  25. It’s natural to be apprehensive but you’ll come out of this tops my dear Diane. You are surrounded by people who love you and praying for you and Pat sounds like a great inspiring lady. Remain blessed.

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    1. Thanks, Jackie! It’s only when I sit still that I get nervous!

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  26. Diane, you are preparing well for the surgery and your quick return to health afterwards. So, keep moving and do not sit still and make sure you do some dance steps while you’re at it. 💗 Clare

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  27. Hey Diane.One day we talk about how Keratin treatments works and bam now surgeries huh? Well, no point telling you not to worry but just know that a LOT of us are with you and praying for you and wishing everything goes well. I know it will because you are one of the nicest and bravest souls I have known and the universe will work its best to keep you hale and hearty in the best way possible. It was a shock to know this but you never cease to amaze and inspire all of us with your upbeat attitude. Praying for you dear. ❤

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    1. Thanks, sweetie. I’ll be glad when surgery is over, but I am hoping for a positive outcome!

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      1. We will all be glad when it is over Diane. And with so many prayers and wishes, it SHOULD be a positive outcome ❤

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      2. Yes, so many blessings in my life! ❤

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  28. I’m so glad you’re taking good care of yourself. Wishing you well as you prepare yourself physically, mentally and emotionally for surgery!

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    1. Thanks, yes, I’m good most of the time. My sister flies in next week to be here and that will be great for me and so hubby will have someone to sit with in the waiting room…

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      1. It’s great that your sister is going to be there to support you during this time. Very considerate of her! 🙂

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      2. She’s wonderful, taking time off work to come out. I love her to pieces!

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