And Then There Were None

I am happy to report that all my drains are out!  I feel like a free woman!

We went in Thursday afternoon (to the plastic surgeon) to get the last two drains out – the two in my back.  Sounds gross I know.  I honestly was a little nervous.  Based on the experience with the front two drains, I thought for sure these would hurt a lot worse.  Sorry to those looking for a good story or for fun sound bites, but it was actually uneventful.  For some weird reason it did not hurt nearly as bad as the front ones.  Yippee for me.  I have to go back into the plastic surgeon’s office next week for them to check my back (we are watching for fluid build up) and for my first “expansion”.  Oh there will be a lot more stories to come around that topic I am sure!

On the 12th of October I have my first post-surgery visit with the Oncologist.  While we are not expecting to hear that I need radiation based on the clean pathology I received, no one has officially said, “You do not need radiation.”  We need that finality and we hope to get that on the 12th.  We also need to know for sure so that we can proceed with reconstruction.  Radiation does effect reconstruction.  They would handle the expansion differently and postpone taking out the spacers and replacing them with the implants until radiation is complete.  Again, we are not expecting them to recommend radiation but want and need that confirmation.

A couple of quick, random updates:

My hair is growing back.  It’s dark!  Ed says he married a blonde and now 15 years later it looks like I am going to be a brunette!  We will see how it goes.  I can always color or highlight, right?  And at the moment it looks straight vs. curly.  But I still have a long way to go.

I have lost almost all of my eyelashes.  Uugghh.  I thought I had escaped it.  Weeks post chemo I was fine.  Then post surgery one day, I noticed that my eyes looked different.  When I looked closely in the mirror I realized why.  I have almost no lashes left on the bottom and a few stragglers on the top lids.  Nice.  Lattisse anyone?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  So put on your pink!



  1. Sheila Sullivan says:

    Hi Meredith,

    We are continuing to pray for your complete recovery each day.
    With love,
    Shawn, Sheila, and Sydney Sullivan

  2. Wonderful News!! I don’t wear Pink. I wear my Gaile Force T-Shirt!!! The Force is Strong!!!

  3. Mary Johnson says:

    Such great news!!!! Hoping your sleep is much better without the drains!!!! Continuing prayers for a full recovery and for the finality of no radiation!!!! Celebrating you being cancer free!!!!!!

  4. Melissa Bryson says:

    Meredith, you are amazing!! I was speaking with another friend today who went through all of what you are about a year ago. She was so encouraging. Keep the strength! Lots of love coming your way. -mel

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