The margins were clean (cancer free) except for one area that was right up against the muscle covering my chest wall. So now the doctor has to talk with the radiation oncologist to find out if they want him to take more tissue or if they can radiate the area without much damage to my heart (which is right below that muscle and chest wall). I'll know more at my follow-up appointment the first week of January. The lymph nodes were clear of cancer.
I must say the incisions are not as bad as I thought. The only pain I feel is where the nodes were taken out. That one burns from time to time (kinda like when you get a paper cut, and you keep irritating it), especially when something touches it (like my arm).
I'm still pretty tired. I guess with Christmas Eve and Christmas, I didn't rest much. So, yesterday, around 2:30 in the afternoon, I sat on the couch to watch 'The Parent Trap' and fell asleep until 5 o'clock! Then, I went to bed around midnight and didn't wake up until 9 am. I guess I needed some sleep, huh?
Theresa tells me that I should take it easy and that the surgery was a pretty invasive one, even though I feel well. I guess I should listen to my body and rest when I need to.