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December 5th, 2005


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04:28 pm - Jane's News
As you may have known from reading her journal, Jane went in for a mastectomy today.

tamiam (who, as we all know, is a hero of the revolution), took her in this morning to the East Side Group Health Complex, over by Microsoft. They had to be there at six a.m. to inject some dye into her that would help reveal the sentinel node of her lymph glands so they could remove it. The dye had to spread for a couple hours, then they would perform the surgery.

I got there about noon, and Tamara was still there. About 1, the doctor walked by, and he told us it was a very clean procedure, everything went very well, and they're pretty certain they got everything.

A little while later, an LPN came by to say we could see Jane. She was sitting up and spooning herself some ice chips. After chatting for a while, Tamara went home for some much needed rest and I stayed with Jane.

She improved visibly by the minute (Actually, even at her worst she was less muzzy than at the onset of a bad migraine). Pretty soon, she asked the nurse for some coffee, then lunch, then how soon she could go.

They gave her a prescription for pain killers, but she figures she has enough on hand for her regular kidney stone pain maintenance (sheesh!). After signing some various forms and the RN and LPN putting numbers and initials in various charts, they said she was free to go.

We left the hospital about 2:45, were home by 3:15, and I think she was sacked out by 3:30.

Over the last couple days, she's set up her bedroom with a VCR, a stack of silly movies, a stack of books, various accoutrements in arm's reach, etc. Vonda's made her a bunch of food which I'll be feeding to her.

There were a couple factors that contributed to her being laid low by her previous mastectomy. First, the mastectomy itself was the third operation in that region in a short amount of time. The second factor was the sceroma, and the third factor was we didn't know about wound care enough to avoid the sceroma or to recognize the early symptoms. This is all part of the reason she went ahead with the mastectomy rather than trying another lumpectomy.

In any case, so far so good.

Thank you, one and all, for your concerns and wishes. They're really appreciated. Yeah!

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From:scarlettina
Date:December 6th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC)
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Best wishes to Jane and the entire household!
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:December 6th, 2005 12:49 am (UTC)
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Thank you! I'll pass this on to her.
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From:genders
Date:December 6th, 2005 12:41 am (UTC)
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My very best wishes and healing beams to Jane. Keep taking good care of her.
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:December 6th, 2005 12:49 am (UTC)
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Thank you very much! I'll do my best.
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From:kate_schaefer
Date:December 6th, 2005 12:54 am (UTC)
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There are a lot of heroes in this particular revolution...

You know I'm thinking about Jane, and about you doing support work. It doesn't hurt for me to say so.
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From:marykaykare
Date:December 6th, 2005 12:57 am (UTC)
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If there's anything I can do, from running errands to coming by to sit and watch silly movies, do let me know. I'm available during the weekdays when it might not be so easy to find other people to help.

MKK
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From:anghara
Date:December 6th, 2005 01:07 am (UTC)
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my best to Jane - I hope everything continues to go well!
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From:bibliofile
Date:December 6th, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
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Glad to hear that "so far so good." Thanks for the update.
From:jerrykaufman
Date:December 6th, 2005 03:00 am (UTC)
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Suzle and I are both way glad to hear how well things went. Hugs AND kisses, so there.
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:December 6th, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)
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Arrr, matey! I'll do that.
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From:wild_irises
Date:December 6th, 2005 04:17 am (UTC)
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Hug her for me, and I'm accepting advice on when she might like to get calls.

And thanks for the info!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 6th, 2005 05:10 am (UTC)

from John Berry

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Good. From talking to Jane on Saturday, I expected it to go well and I understood why she was going for the full mastectomy, but it's still good to hear that it *did* go so well. Many good wishes.

John Berry


From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 6th, 2005 05:26 am (UTC)

Best wishes

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Hi Luke,

Please pass on my wishes to Jane for a speedy recovery...I hope home is already making her feel better.
:)

Best,

-Joshua Ortega
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From:badger2305
Date:December 6th, 2005 07:02 am (UTC)
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(hugs) to Jane and everyone! Hope things continue to improve!
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From:sphinx_n_herhat
Date:December 6th, 2005 09:28 am (UTC)
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Wow! Modern medicine. Home today already? Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Sounds like you've put by good medicine: movies, books and nice people looking in on you. That and your sensible attitude and approach (I could tell from your post on the Vanguard list that you've really thought things through and have made peace with your options) should get you on through without a hitch.
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From:roadnotes
Date:December 6th, 2005 10:15 am (UTC)
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Thank you for the update, Luke.
From:randy_byers
Date:December 6th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
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Really glad to hear that it went so well. Hope the healing goes that way too. And thanks to all you heros for taking care of her!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 6th, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)

Best wishes!

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Glad to hear things went so smoothly! A quick recovery and good health to you, Jane, bless you!

Love,

Ron
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 6th, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC)

Best wishes!

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Glad to hear things went so smoothly! A quick recovery and good health to you, Jane, bless you!

Love,

Ron D.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 7th, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)

Hi Jane

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Glad to hear it seems to have gone well. Get well -- and take good care of yourself.

-- Brenda Cooper
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 7th, 2005 01:23 am (UTC)

Get well sooooon!

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Hi Jane, glad the procedure went smoothly and successfully. You are surrounded by a cloud of friends and well-wishers, and I trust you'll be up and at 'em "real soon"!

--Joel Davis
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From:awdrey_gore
Date:December 7th, 2005 08:33 am (UTC)
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God, I wish I didn't know or peripherally know so many women with breast cancer. Please give Jane my best and tell her that the collective will of many other women she has not met is out there, pulling for her.
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:December 8th, 2005 03:31 am (UTC)
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Thank you, Awdrey. It's your posts that have made me start wondering exactly how many people have cancer, and are the rates growing? Sigh.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 8th, 2005 03:23 am (UTC)

Recover Soon

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I hope Jane recovers quickly and completely. Sounds like she's doing well which is good to hear.

Rich Coad
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From:ssprince
Date:December 8th, 2005 10:55 am (UTC)

Re: Recover Soon

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Me too also.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 7th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)

From Jane Hawkins UK

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Hi

Found this link when I was looking for my web page on Google as I am doing the moonwalk in the UK this month to raise money for breast cancer. Hope that my namesake is recovering well and good wishes to all woman who face living with breast cancer.
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:May 7th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)

Re: From Jane Hawkins UK

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Shen isn doingn well, and thank you for your comment! Good luck with your moon walk, too.

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