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Several days on the other side of my surgery. My first observation on it all is that surgery is certainly quicker than chemotherapy! I’m also feeling a tremendous sense of relief to have it done.

I’m pleased to let you know that I’m doing well. Buoyed by goodwill and good wishes. Thank you. Fletcher and Nellie, sainted godchildren, surprised and moved us by running for me (“Auntie B”) in the school’s Terry Fox Run while I was in surgery on Thursday. They were one part of my visualization as the anesthetic flowed; the other was of being surrounded by a circle of those who love me.

Knowing that I was in safe hands – at home and in the hospital -- helped me to relax.

The pain medication is working and I’ve been sleeping well. The surgical drains are doing their thing. I had my first dressing change on Saturday morning and everything is as clean as a whistle. The surgeon was able to remove lymph nodes through the same incision as for my breast which will simplify healing and my return to full arm function. I’m gingerly beginning the prescribed mini-physio exercises. I’ve been treated to breakfast in bed for the first time in years. I’ve had some cozy afternoon naps with a purring cat curled up nearby. I’ve also been up and about in the house and fitted in some Ryder Cup Golf on TV.

Overall then, I’m lucid and not languishing. Don’t know when I’ll get to the BBC Garden Shows on YouTube. Feeling cared for, spoiled and kept on track by Angie. We’ve appreciated visits and gifts of food and rides. We’re looking forward to some convalescent time in the coming weeks, which will coincide with Fall colours and cooler days. A good time to rest and recover.

I’ll be in touch again after we see my various doctors and get more information in over the next 3-4 weeks.

With love,


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