Thursday, July 22, 2004
The Fortune Cookie Knows All
Earlier this week I had a fortune cookie with the following fortune:  "Fortune Cookie Say:  You Will Soon Receive Good News."  My favorite surgeon gave me the GOOD news today:  My lymph nodes are clear!

Why is this so important?  On Monday, I had the sentinel lymph node biopsy and two lymph nodes were removed.  At the time the doctor thought they looked okay, but they did appear a little large.  If the lymph nodes are affected, it increases the likelihood that cancer cells have spread through the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Women with ductal carcinoma in situ or lobular carcinoma in situ do not need lymph node testing.   As I previously mentioned, I have both lobular carcinoma in situ and extensive invasive lobular carcinoma.  Therefore, it was important that I find out if the cancer was detected at the lymph nodes. 

This does not alter my plan for treatment.  We had hoped for the best case scenario in making the treatment plan.  I, once again, feel very blessed that we get to follow through with this plan.  Thanks to everyone for their prayers and good wishes!  This could not have been a better day!

Written by Jeannette Vagnozzi
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This is my story about being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 39. I thought I was out of the woods, but four years late it came back. This is my quest to be a two-time survivor.

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