Result! (part 1)
Was it worth all the pain and countless troubles, the sickness and the sleepless nights on chemo? Yes it was because the affected lymph nodes have shrunk right down and a tumour on my sternum (I hadn't been told I'd got) has gone. And what of the breast lump? Well, it has reduced enough for surgery - and surgery is planned for January.
Saw the surgeon - not the one what's doin' the deed - but a very nice man who was kind and reassuring, and who took the time to answer questions with patience and understanding. I'm really scared of surgery and of the pain afterwards, and when I told him this, he said that after chemo, I'd think surgery was a piece of cake. I said I was also scared because I get extremely sick after an anesthetic, and he said they would address this problem at the time of the operation.
I walked out of there relieved, not only because the cancer has been responding to treatment, but glad it hasn't spread. I'd been thinking all sorts in the lead up to this visit, and if they'd told me I'd need more chemo... Well, I just don't know... But it's good news, and for that I'm thankful.