Since I’m a “planner,” I planned this surgery over nine months ago. The doctors (who I will get to in later posts) and their staff have been amazing as I prepare for this event. However, I think they thought I was a little nuts when I called in February to schedule a surgical date for November. “We don’t plan that far ahead, why don’t you give us a call in August,” was one of their replies. Well, needless to say, I pushed a little bit and they “penciled me in.” I didn’t want any one else getting the date I had so meticulously picked.
Why November? I’m glad you asked. Having the surgery in November meant that I could have my full season of races. I started with a triathlon in June and will end with a swim in late October. Then, it is my hope that I’ll have many months to recover and start training again in early spring.
Also, it is my goal to disrupt my childrens’ lives as little as possible. They love Halloween. I didn’t want to be “laid up and recovering” while they were out “trick or treating”. So, I scheduled the surgery as soon as possible after Halloween. This way, I thought I’d have six weeks of healing behind me as we head into their Winter Holiday Break.
I planned when my kids were born, so why not this?
All joking aside, I am grateful that I have the luxury of planning this type of surgery. Many breast cancer survivors are not as fortunate.