Keri's aunt just called me because, even during recovery, Keri is one organized lady [a quality I just happen to LOVE] and provided a list of friends for her family to call tonight. And I made the list! :)
Her aunt said everything went well. She got out of surgery at 6 pm [kind of late b/c the doctor was late, I suppose] and is recovering nicely. Her aunt said of course Keri had a million questions prepped for the doc, too. That's my girl!
Unfortunately, they did find 'microscopic' cancer cells in her nodes. Her doctor was disappointed to find affected nodes but Keri took it like a champ and "is okay with it" according to her aunt. We can't jump to conclusions just yet but I'm assuming this means chemotherapy will be a must. Not sure about radiation, too, but we'll see. But the surgery is over and done with and now everyone can breathe a little easier.
I want to thank you girls for commenting on her website. I'm pretty sure I saw about 13 of you blog readers over there and it really warmed my heart. I've been kind nervous and stressed all day long just thinking about her but coming home and reading that it went well and seeing the massive amount of support for Keri really helped.
I called Keri on my way to work this morning and left a message, thinking she was probably way too busy to call me back. But sure enough, a few minutes later she called back. She said she was in the shower doing her "3 minute scrub down" to the girls to prep for surgery. She said she had some bonding time with them since it'd be their last time together. Somehow that is the funniest and saddest thing I've heard in awhile. Her sense of humor is definitely still going strong! But before the surgery she was doing well---very nervous and only a little sleep, but she said something that shows her strength. She said, "You know, I just keep telling myself that this surgery is getting rid of the cancer and that is a GOOD thing. I can't focus on what I'm losing because it's a positive treatment."
So thank you again for being such an awesome virtual support system. I'm sure Keri will be back to her old self in no time, posting up a storm on her sight and loving all the new comments:)
UPDATE [again]: I guess she's already begun chemo according to her sister, Lyndsey, who posted on her website. Come to think of it, her aunt did mention something about injecting the lymph nodes with chemo right away. So I guess that answers the 'chemo versus none' question!