Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It's Time...

Well, it's time. Today is the day of my reconstructive surgery. There are going to be 3 surgeons in the room following each other and 3 different procedures. I am all about having to be put to sleep as few times as possible! They are estimating that the surgery is going to take about 4 hours. First, my breast surgeon will remove my port and do a mastectomy on my left side. Second, my plastic surgeon will insert the expanders in both sides to begin stretching the skin. This process can be painful and will take about 2-3 months to complete. Third, my general surgeon will then go into my belly button and fix my umbilical hernia that has developed complications from when I was pregnant with my son. Needless to say, I am not looking forward to how I am going to feel tomorrow! :) I found out last week that my heart is not functioning at full capacity, thanks to my cancer treatment. The doctors think it is still ok to proceed with surgery, so here we go.

I am told that it is going to be a long 3 months of emptying drains, weekly visits to the doctor, sleeping in the recliner, etc. And then...surgery number 2. Since I have no control of any of the above, I am going to say a quick prayer of thanks...

"Heavenly Father, I thank you that I am cancer free! I thank you for allowing my parents to be able to come and stay with my kids during my surgery. I thank you for finding me the best doctors in town. I thank you for my family and friends who are praying for me today and have shown me so much love! You are incredibly gracious to me! With all my heart! Candice"

7 comments:

Leveta said...

Candice:
I am Leveta.Wife to Carl and mom to Chad 18 (bio) and Sam 15 and Kaitrin 12 both from India through Dillon. I have been following your blog since before Micah came home. I've been praying for you all that time but couldn't figure out how to post.Just wanted to let you know that my prayers are continuing. I just had a friend who went through the same reconstructive surjury.
Leveta

hearingelmo said...

Love you cousin and as always I pray for you daily...

Denise

Kristi said...

Oh Candice I am thinking of you and praying for you today. You are such a strong and inspiring person. I cherish our friendship. I know that Jesus is going to hold your hand through this final stretch.

Love,
Kristi

Sara said...

Praying for you today! I wish I felt better so I could do more to help you during this time!

Julie & Patrick said...

All the best, Candice. Can't wait to hear about your great success through surgery and recovery.

Nice to have the end of this road near completion. That light at the end of the tunnel is burning bright.

Prayers,
Julie

The Labontes said...

Prayers for quick healing, the best results possible, and for all of your support people!
Kristy

Peter and Nancy said...

I didn't read this until today, so I pray everything went well . . . and I will keep remembering you in my prayers as you go about the daily business and discomfort of recovery. This surgery represents something powerful -- life goes on! More than a year after your diagnosis, you're beginning a process that's all about the rest of your life. I'm so thankful for that.
Nancy