The little man arrived on August 14th at 4:21pm; he weighed 7lbs 3 oz and was 20.5 inches long. I've attached some pictures of the birth, I had intended to have a natural childbirth and fought really hard but it was not to be. My water broke Monday morning at 6am and I drove myself to the hospital at 8:30a, Alex was on a train back from Fresno by 6:50am (he ran for that one). So, by hospital calculations I has 24 hours to deliver the baby, but unfortunately the baby wouldn't come. So by Tuesday morning the doctors started discussing the C-section I so didn't want. It was a long a difficult decision, I've never had an operation before and I wasn't looking forward to this one. But by 3pm Tuesday I gave the go ahead and dragged Livier and Alex intot he operating room with me. I guess you could say they saw more of me that they ever expected. Alex says my insides were very clean, Livier just held my hand as we cried. It was all worth it though when the baby came. He's absolutely perfect, and yes I know I'm biased. I then spent three days in the hospital recuperating, Alex had to sleep on this small pull out bed that I know gave him a backache. We got home on Friday afternoon and I went to bed immediately. I'm still recuperating and mom has been the biggest help, I couldn't have survived without her especially since Alex had to go back to Fresno to start work.
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Just a quick update - my surgery last Thursday went well. I have been resting for the past four days and I am starting to feel a little restless. I hope to slowly resume many of my daily activities today, although exercise will surely have to wait for another week. Mom has been with us since Wednesday, and she is a God sent. She has been such a big help, I am so glad she is here to help.
I have a doctor’s appointment on Friday, my one-week post-op check-up, and we hope he'll have the lab report on the tissue that was removed. We are praying that the results are accurate and will show that all cancer was removed - if so, then the surgery portion is over, and radiation treatment begins in about 2 weeks. If not, then there could be more cancer in there and I’ll have to have another surgery; however, we were told this was unlikely given the mammography that was taken before surgery.
Anyway, thanks for your support. I'll send one more update when we get the labs results,
I had my follow-up appointment with my surgeon and I am officially cancer free!! The next step is to take a well needed vacation. Jussi and I will be leaving for our 7 day Mexican Rivera cruise on Sunday. When we get back I will start my radiation treatment.
Even though I am cancer free, I still need to have radiation treatment to help prevent the recurrence of breast cancer. By having the treatment my chances of recurrence will be reduced to 15% compared to over 50% if I don’t have it. So, I think a month of being inconvenienced, feeling physical discomfort and having emotional fluctuations is worth it. I will get all the specifics for my treatment when I see the Oncologist, which will be before or after our cruise.
Please keep us in your prayers, its not over yet.
IN GENERAL: Many of you are already aware that Ves passed away on Tuesday, September 25th after suffering a massive stroke. Considering the circumstances, it is good to see so many of Ves' children coming together in love and support. A service is being held on Saturday at 12:30pm in Oceanside. The service will be followed by a BBQ at David's house.