VISIT WITH SURGEON #5 SLOAN KETTERING

First available breast surgeon able to see me at the cancer-dedicated hospital I had been really looking forward to going to Sloan as I was hoping they had more of a system than the others. What they have is good marketing. The hallways are very beautiful and plush. There is coffee, ambient music and crackers […]

I VISIT SURGEON # 4, LENOX HILL

I don’t want to go to this appointment. I want a day off to sit at the computer, catch up, process, research alternatives, buy a book on breast cancer, but My Husband says no we must exhaust every alternative…this surgeon was referred by Dr. Fatteh my fertility doctor and the best in New York City. […]

I VISIT WITH SURGEON #3 – St. LUKES ROOSEVELT & FIND OUT THAT SURGEON #1 DIDN’T LEAVE ‘MARKERS’ IN MY BREAST

Dr. Estabrook is referred by a friend and my midwife. Dr. W informs me that the lymph node results are negative. (not conclusive for the rest of the lymph nodes but a good sign.) AND the MRI only shows cancer at the margins left where he took the tumor out. I begin to cry hysterically […]

I VISIT WITH SURGEON #2 – I HAVE BREAST CANCER?

I spend all morning calling every major hospital in New York City trying to get an appointment with doctors after getting referrals from other doctors, friends and research. I set up 4 appointments for the following week. At 1:45 I see Dr. S. the surgeon that the midwife recommended. She provides a much better explanation […]

THE SURGEON EXPLAINS MY DIAGNOSIS – “THE MOST AGGRESSIVE BREAST CANCER. BAD BUT TREATABLE.”

I have the results of the biopsy faxed to me before the late-night meeting with Dr. W. I try to understand the report but can not. I look up every single item in the report, but it doesn’t make any sense. I do however understand that it is BAD. I spend 4-5 hours calling every […]

SURGERY #1 – THE DOCTOR CUTS THE MIDDLE OUT OF MY TUMOR AND LEAVES THE REST

Major blizzard. My husband, My Husband and I drive through blizzard to the empty hospital. Surgery proceeds on time but I didn’t understand that it was a surgery as Dr. W improperly explained the anesthesia. I thought I would be drowsy and awake. No, not at all. It was full anesthesia but without the ‘tube […]

I PREPARE FOR THE EXCISE BIOPSY AND WONDER WHY I AM DOING THAT AT A SMALL COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Went for Bloodwork at the tiny community hospital on the river. I thought it was a very stupid place to do a surgical procedure but then out of laziness thought that speed was better than worrying about a biopsy. I told myself that it anything was wrong I would do major research on the doctors […]

I VISIT MY 1ST BREAST SURGEON – HE TELLS ME NOT TO WORRY AS IT IS ‘PALPABLE AND HURTS’.

Dr. W explained I could have a needle biopsy right that second or do an excise biopsy in the hospital under sedation. I opted for the biopsy because I wanted it out anyway. He never explained to me that should the tumor be found to be malignant that it was better to open me up […]