My Cancer Story: Scars!

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Scars

 

For those of you who may face laproscopic surgery someday, voila!

Here are three of my five scars at seven weeks. Amazing the doctor inserted a camera and then removed ovaries, fallopian tubes, and lymph nodes through those slits.

Years ago, this would have been one huge incision that left behind a long scar. Thank you,  modern medicine!

When my doctor called at the four week mark, I talked about how sick I felt on and off for the first two weeks, which confused me since I experienced no acute pain. “With laproscopy,” she said, “patients sometimes forget they just had major surgery. We really move you around in there.”

Although the outside doesn’t hurt much,  on the inside you’ve been pushed and shoved and prodded and sliced. It’s going to take a while for your body to recover from the trauma.

As everyone warned me over and over again, REST IS BEST.

But as you’re resting, dream of  a beach somewhere, because if you want to reveal your midriff, you can do so almost scar free.

P.S. I actually have no plans to show my midriff again, at least not any time soon. This may be my swan song.

I’m pleased to be interviewed by fellow writer Melissa Buron. Read the interview here on her blog!

Melissa Buron

14 responses »

  1. I understand your wanting to share with us to bare your scars (by the way, some in my family didn’t want to look at mine – and, actually I was so “proud” of them)! This is not a cosmetic thing, really, but rather a “cosmos” thing! You were brave, endured uncertainty, pain, and now you are out on the other side, and these dips, dimples and sometimes harsher than we wished testimonies to the knife (whether it be “robotically commanded,” or through a surgeon’s actual manual touch and immediate eye) are vital. You are brave, your are here, you are well, and the scars are proof.

  2. Oh yes… love the ring! 😉

    The miracles of modern medicine. Thanks for sharing the scar pictures. You are a real trooper!!

    A couple years ago I had a “bad mole” (dysplastic nevi) removed. The surgeon took out a good chunk of flesh to make sure he had clean margins. Even so, the external scar was quite small and required only a few stitches. However, the internal stitching was a good deal more extensive. When I visited my surgeon for a recheck a few weeks later, I asked him about some slightly painful tugging feeling I would get if I moved this way or that. He told me pretty much the same thing; that there was a lot of stuff moved around and stitched up inside there, and that the small scar on the outside is almost a false promise of painlessness. There is a lot of healing going on under the skin. But so much less than if this had been even 10 years ago, so it’s all good.

    (Oh, and I actually got a bigger scar on my belly from the skin I ripped off with the latex bandage. Yup. I found out I was allergic to latex AFTER I was bandaged up. Sigh.)

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