Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Surgery Update!!

Since I shared with y'all about my upcoming surgery, I thought it was only fair to share the results/healing process with you as well! Thank you so much for all of your prayers, comments, and emails- they definitely worked because the surgeon said it was "The best situation possible and definitely best that I didn't wait until after the wedding because the cancer would have spread."

I won't bore/gross you out with all of the details, but they only had to remove one layer overall with doing a second layer in one small corner. My nurse ended up being a former co-worker of mine from high school when we worked in the mall together; talk about a blessing! It was SO nice having a familiar face with me throughout the whole procedure! The Dr was super nice and a huge talker like me, so we just chatted throughout the entire surgery, which definitely made me feel at ease. We even had a nice vent session with each other about how jacked up our government is- me with education and he with health care. Ha!

They removed a dime size circle from my nose and I have 8 stitches running the entire length of my nose. Holy Frankenstein!  I'm attaching a picture I took yesterday morning- the bruising and swelling is definitely worse today (I currently have a big ol' black eye-so sexy), but they said after today, it shouldn't get any worse... I've been icing my nose and face down every 2 hours with some frozen peas- they are the BEST ice packs- and can start taking Ibuprofen tomorrow which should start reducing the swelling :)

M has been so amazing throughout the whole ordeal- he's taken the whole "in sickness and in health" thing to heart and has been right there for me with anything I need. He's was even carrying my "Bride" bag around the surgery center and he didn't even care that it had Bride spelled out across it in sequins! Haha :) I wish I had a picture-it was too cute.

The doctor said that he is almost 100% sure that my cancer was a result of using the tanning bed. While this is of some comfort to me since I wasn't sure if I was getting too much "real" sun each summer (he said I wasn't), it just further proves how dangerous tanning beds truly are! Seriously people, stay away from them!! I haven't even been in one in years and never even went on a frequent basis, but here I am/was a 29 year old with skin cancer. Scary stuff. But praise God for awesome doctors and their ability to remove it quickly!

Here is the pic from yesterday

And here is a truly comical pic that M took of me last night while watching my drama filled obsession, The Real Housewives of the OC. I was so tired of holding the peas on my face, that I busted out my head band and put it to use. Hey, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do :) I asked M if I looked scary gangsta? He replied, "You're wearing a Mary Kay head band and you have peas on your face, so no honey, you're not gangsta!" Ha! 
 Personally, I thought I looked pretty darn intimidating ;)

I'll be sure to post some more pics on Monday after the stitches are removed and I'll try to post a Wedding Wednesday later tonight :)
We had two more showers this weekend, so I have lots to share!!



  1. Oh my gosh! Thank you for sharing your journey!! I don't go to the TB much at all (maybe 15-20 times my whole life...) but after hearing your story, I am NEVER going again!!

  2. Just want you to know that reading about your ordeal caused me to call my dermatologist to get a mole check. I haven't had one in a couple of years so I am well past due for one!

    Good luck with the rest of your healing process!

  3. I'm glad you're doing okay, and that your sweetie has been so good to you. Prayers for a speedy recovery!