Dr. Dekhne called me this morning and told me she had good news - all 3 sentinel lymph nodes were clean (I wish I had the presence of mind at the moment to remember the exact words, because she said it in such a great way - like absolutely, or something)! The tumor was 1.7 cm, and she told me the pathology report says that it was quite close to the chest wall, but that I shouldn't worry at all about that. There is a fascia that separates the breast tissue from the chest wall (thank you fascia) and as long as the surgeon takes that out, there is not a worry that the cancer could have touched the chest wall.
This would mean that my cancer was a Stage 1 (Doctor didn't say that, but less than 2cm and not affecting the lymph nodes means Stage 1). No more lymph nodes need to come out and no radiation! Now I just have chemotherapy to make sure to destroy any microscopic little renegade cancer cell that might have gone somewhere else, but how great for that insurance, in my opinion!
I feel certain that all of the prayers made a difference - and I had lots of prayers coming my way! THANK YOU FOR PRAYING FOR ME!
My shoulder is wet because Bill was just crying on it - with happiness, for once! (He is the sweetest husband ever.)