A Quick Note from Sloan-Kettering in New York
My mini netbook and I are preparing this update at 6:30 am on Wednesday from my hospital bed here at Sloan. And I’m quite sore but doing fine. There wasn’t any lymph node involvement, which is huge news. The fact that they didn’t have to take any of those out will dramatically improve my recovery time.
At the moment, I’m scheduled to go home tomorrow. That could slip until Friday depending on how things are going. Given the extent of surgery, I wouldn’t mind the extra day here, but I’ll take whatever comes my way.
Thank you so much for all of your kind words and prayers. I’m very fortunate that I have a wonderful support network in my family and friends, and now in you as well. And when I opened my eyes yesterday afternoon in the recovery room, the first thing I did was thank God for letting me wake up. I think that was the scariest part for me as they were getting ready to put me under.
By my birthday in October, I should be fully reconstructed with beautiful breasts. The science and technology of plastic surgery following mastectomies is truly mind boggling. And because this was discovered so early, in a routine mammogram, I’m told that I should still be around in my 80s or 90s (at least as far as this cancer is concerned).
So, ladies, get thee all to thy mammograms forthwith!
My plan is to write additional posts while I’m here, although I’m not sure how relative they’ll be to the publishing journey.
Oh, I do have one update on that front, now that I’m thinking about it. Because I earned the Editor’s
Choice designation for Separation of Faith, I’m now eligible for the iUniverse Rising Star program where I would actually receive some marketing and promotional assistance. Of course, I’m only eligible at the moment, not accepted yet.
There’s quite an application to be filled out, in which I’ll need to explain my platform (there’s that word again), my promotional plans, and a bunch of other stuff. Originally, they were asking me to return the completed application by this Friday, May 7. But when I explained what was happening this week, they very graciously gave me an extension to May 27. And I did bring the forms/questions with me to the hospital so I can begin thinking about the details.
I’ll pop back in at some point later today. Meanwhile, thank you again for all the caring voices out there.