I’m Back

Hi to all.  I’m back!

First, a big thanks to my wonderful husband and IT department for keeping up with the blog posts over the past couple of weeks.  Everyone seemed to enjoy his play-by-play of my surgery and recovery thus far.  I’ve asked him to guest post occasionally to keep his perspective out there. So be watching for him.

We have a lot to catch up on.  So, let’s start with last week.  Wednesday I was back to the oncologist for my every 3 week Herceptin treatment.  I was nervous about how it was going to feel when they accessed my port since my chest is still very sore and tender.  But my girl in the lab didn’t let me down.  It was just fine.  Once again back in the chemo room there were  a lot of familiar faces and sadly many that were new.  There were a couple of people there for the first time starting their chemo journey.  For me, the Herceptin treatment is fairly quick and uneventful (i.e. no side effects) compared to chemo.

Unfortunately, I still have the two drains in – the one’s in my back.  They have to drain 20 ml or less for two consecutive days before they can come out.  That hasn’t happened yet, but we are getting close.  We are anticipating that they will both be out sometime mid to end of this week.  More likely the end.  I think it is going to hurt like nobody’s business since the skin has had some time to grow around the tubes.  Oh boy.  I am sure Ed will do what he can to catch it on video or at least get sound bites for you.  It’s not going to be pretty, but I will be so happy to get these out!

We are 2 1/2 weeks – almost 3 weeks – post surgery and recovery is going well.  For those of you that I have talked to, you know I have been somewhat frustrated that it is much slower than I expected.  They told me 4 to 6 weeks total recovery time but I guess I just didn’t hear them clearly.  Or maybe I thought I could beat that time period – and I still might!  But it’s been tougher than expected.  Early on there wasn’t much I could do on my own.  Now I have gained a much better range of motion with my arms and a lot more mobility.  I still cannot drive and need a lot of help, more than I would like to admit, but I am getting there.  With each day, I get stronger.  When I get down or frustrated, I keep reminding myself of two things:  (1) I am cancer free!  That is the biggest news of all!  So, now all I have to do is focus on healing.  (2) The worst is behind me.  I still will have an every 3 week Herceptin treatment (until April 2012), follow-up appointments with the oncologist, and many plastic (or reconstruction) surgeon appointments over the upcoming months.  But again, the worst is behind me!

I am sure all of you have picked up on this by now, but Ed has been so, so great through all of this.  I know it’s been tough for him too!  I can’t say it enough – I couldn’t have done this without him!  He’s been a great husband, a great friend, a great nurse, and a great dad to Gracie during this process.  He’s had to do things for me and Gracie that I normally handle, but just can’t do right now.  So thank you Ed!

And, Gracie is really doing well through all of this – especially for a 4 year old.  She has been a big helper, has been gentle with me, and has been very, very brave.  We are so proud of her!

Thanks to everyone for their prayers, positive thoughts, cards, emails, texts, flowers, gifts, food, for babysitting, and for play dates for Gracie.  We couldn’t have made it this far without all of you.  So, thank you!



  1. Melissa Bryson says:

    Meredith – what a journey! I am so excited that you are cancer free and you sound so wonderfully positive for all you’ve had to go through. You are blessed to have Ed and Gracie by your side. Please know that many thoughts and prayers have been with you since I found out about. Looking forward to seeing you.

  2. Kim Baldwin says:

    I am so glad for you Meredith! Keep your chin up. You have almost made it through! 🙂 I am so glad you and Ed have had each other during this whole ordeal. The man upstairs knew what he was doing when he brought you to each other! You make a great team. Continue to heal and enjoy your family!

  3. Jacque Maher says:

    I am so happy for you I could bust! Please feel the virtual hugs coming from Maurice and me. We think about you and Ed and Gracie all the time. Ed gets “Husband of the Decade” in my book. And you get the “Most Up-Beat Person I Know” award. God bless you both. Hugs and kisses….Jacque & Maurice

  4. Mary Johnson says:

    LOVE the picture!!!! Just reinforces the fact that you truly are CANCER FREE!!!!!! So very happy for all of you that this is almost the end of the journey! You have always been so amazingly positive and handled all with such grace! Truly, you and Ed have made an awesome team through all of this! And Gracie has been such a trooper! Many prayers still being said for the rest of your recovery to be quick!


  5. Lisa McIlvoy (Millen) says:

    Meredith – I am just now learning about this journey via Jessie’s 3-day email. How wonderful to be cancer-free!!! Wishing you and your family all the very best. I’ll be looking for you at Costco! 🙂


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