Survivor since 2007
Oh My Goodness Dolores!
Unless you have have a giant glaring physical reason you WILL come through the surgery just fine! If you are taking a blood thinning agent, it takes time for that to get out of your system but I wouldn't worry about not making it through the surgery. I also had invasive ductal carcinoma. I had a mastectomy, 4 rounds of chemo, and 5 years of hormone blocking therapy. (one pill a day). That was all 5 years ago and I am back to normal and playing with my horses again. I am 64, and was also terrified about the surgery but for me, it was easy.
Did the doctor say you are a serious surgical risk? Has your cancer been staged yet? Stage 1, 2, 3, 4? Unless your cancer is some high grade aggressive type, you shouldn't worry about waiting the 6 weeks. Dolores, breast cancer isn't usually the killer it used to be before they had all these whiz-bang drugs, surgery, and radiation. The vast majority of women go through treatment and just march on with their lives. Even women who have some pretty involved cases, can live long lives. What information has the doctor given you.... we have the type of breast cancer, what stage 1-4? what size is the tumor, and what is the grade... will be 1 to 3? Is it estrogen positive etc.? You have the MOST COMMON TYPE OF BREAST CANCER! That means a lot right there... lots available to treat it.
I want you to stay here with us so we can help you get through this. We are like a great big sorority house here.... unfortunately, it is the Breast Cancer Sorority Sisters... but we are a friendly bunch. We know you are scared, and were probably blind-sided with this diagnosis as we all are. Since you are in the diagnosis phase there is a lot you don't yet know about your cancer. As you go along, and have more testing done, you, honestly, will feel better. Nothing scares you more than the unknown. Many of the women here are actively going through treatment right now, and others are just completing it. There are so many young women under 40 with babies and little kids. You and I are fossils compared to them. You will fight your way through this. Please keep in touch with us. You really turn into a bit of a warrior through your treatment. Do you have family or friends that can help you get through the appointments? Hang in there girl, you can do this. Please keep in touch with us.
Take care, Sharon