March 31, 2012 · 10 comments

Ok, so here’s the thing….surgery sucks, and it didn’t go as well as planned or anticipated. I should have guessed when I passed out during pre-op, but alas, I did not. I mean, it’s ok…it will be ok, but not as well as planned. You know when the surgeon is disappointed that you should be, too.

One of my lymph nodes decided to go all rogue and wrap itself around a couple of very important veins/vessels. A specialist was called in to the OR, but he wasn’t crazy about the potential for damage, so it was decided to grab a couple nodes that were in need of removing and close me back up.

The intention now is to go to some sort of medical treatment (drugs) to shrink that jackass node down and maybe go in for it later.

Here’s the thing…I was totally expecting some sort of drugs afterward to make sure we get ALL OF THE CELLS this time. So the only major difference is that I may have to have another surgery (suck!).

Also, the ovary was just fine, so that actually is good news…I got to keep it, plus it doesn’t have any cancer in it…which means the melanoma is currently sticking to the lymph nodes and not jumping into other places.

So, just to summarize:

-a couple of lymph nodes were removed during surgery
– a rogue node is loving up on my veins and we have to shrink it before it can be removed
– my ovary is fine! The rogue node was all pretending to be my ovary where in fact, my ovary is chill.
– this means that the cyst back in September was just that and a complete coincidence
– I’m fine. Seriously. I’m in the hospital through the weekend, but it’s not all horrible. I’ve got my headphones on listening to my Yo Yo Ma station on Pandora.

My incision sucks because it’s from
Belly button down to c-sect scar…makes it hard to get up! Also, she didn’t remove any of my belly fat, so that kind of sucks. I mean really, no bonus program here?!

I’ll update more later!

Thanks for all of the love and thoughts and prayers!!!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

PsychMamma March 31, 2012 at 7:19 am

Sending love and fast node shrinkage vibes!!



Heather B. March 31, 2012 at 7:48 am

Sending you good vibes. Take care, Dawn.


Tara E March 31, 2012 at 8:23 am

Praying for ya Dawn!


cindy w March 31, 2012 at 11:02 am

Blargh. So glad you’re ok, but that doesn’t sound like fun.

And really – if they’re going to put you under anesthesia and slice you open anyway, it seems like at the very LEAST, they could’ve thrown in a free tummy tuck. What a gyp.


shine March 31, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Hugs and love pal, heal up quick so we can go out and eat some real food together!!


Thea April 1, 2012 at 8:42 am

Want me to kick that rogue node’s ass? I’ll totally do it, you just say the word.



IzzyMom April 2, 2012 at 2:16 am

Dawn, I’m so sorry. I didn’t now you were going through this. Thinking good thoughts for you.


Brittany April 2, 2012 at 4:59 am

Ok as soon as you get home (and shower, I read twitter), I’m coming with girl movies and chicken wings. And Chinese take out. And sushi. And sweatpants.

Hurry home!


Al_Pal April 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Wow, catching up. Big *HUGS*, lady.


sarah piazza April 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm

ok, i get it now. so, it sucks, but there’s some good news thrown in, too, eh?


sending you love.


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