countdown + faq

Say what you want about me, but I’m a doer. Ready to tackle anything by rolling up my sleeves, grabbing a pen, and …making a list! I make some mean lists that go well beyond the generic “To Do” list. Please – that list is for rookies! I’m the Grizzled Vet of list-writing. I’ve got packing lists, (saved, of course) to-wear lists, to buy lists (a girl can dream), SPARK lists by event type, gift lists, house repair lists, et al. So it should come to no surprise to anyone that I’ve approached my CJ in a similar manner that I approach my every day life: with a list.

Who knew there was so much to do before my surgery? From creating a color-coded calendar of carpool pickups and drop offs for 3 kids, (a quick shout out of thanks to my East Side posse drivers, you know who you are!) communicating our dinner and dog walking needs (gratitude for the ever-organized EJ), paying the bills, crossing off a few Hannukah gifts (it will be here in like 2 seconds), setting up my room where I will be convalescing with all of my must-have fave items on my nightstand, packing my hospital bags, charging essential electronics to bring to the hospital and picking out an outfit to wear…I’m pooped and I haven’t even taken my Ativan for the evening yet!


taking a breather from the lists for a quick photo sesh


there goes my intern laying down on the job again

Thankfully my mom stepped in where I could not, and got Lucky to the BP (Beauty Parlor) for a wash and pet-icure, stocked the fridge with snacks for the kids, did a few loads of laundry and tidied so when the Holas come tomorrow to clean it won’t be messy. Gratitude.

So many of you have texted, emailed, called or left messages wishing me health and healing, good vibes and love. I can feel your support and well wishes surrounding me like a ginormous hug. I will take that with me into the operating room tomorrow and look forward to this next chapter of my CJ, hopefully without the C it will just be a J.

So, in the spirit of being transparent, I will share what I know and how this will go down.

  • M and I will arrive at 9:00 am tomorrow at CPMC. The surgery is scheduled to start at 11.
  • My mom and dad will stay in the waiting room with M and Sherri will bring sandwiches.
  • Since it is a partner surgery (2 surgeons), we do now have an exact time-table of how long it will take. Each portion mastectomy/reconstruction takes around 2 hours. So it could be 4 hours or it could be less if they manage to work together.
  • Part of the surgery will involve a sentinel node biopsy that they do on the spot. If this is clear, they do not biopsy or remove other nodes. This is what they are expecting based on the scans from the MRI. Cross fingers for no surprises!
  • They will take the breast tissue and send it off to pathology and we won’t get those results for another week. One of the tests they will do with the sample is an Oncotype  DX Test which will help determine treatment post surgery.
  • I will stay in the hospital overnight for 2 nights.
  • I will leave the hospital with expanders which will be filled 2/3rds up so I will have “boobs”.
  • I have put M in charge of updating the blog. So as soon as I am out of surgery and in recovery, he will post an update. (Be kind to him – he might not want to go into the nitty-gritty detail of his outfit to the hospital or what my hair looks like) So check back here sometime between 1pm and 3pm.

how totally cool is this cup?

Laters, baby



4 Responses

  1. Thinking of you and wishing you the quickest recovery. btw – Your Fantasy Team took charge this week and totally showed up. Clearly the list for managing your team is as thorough and refined as all the lists in your life.

  2. As a 12 year breast cancer survivor my thoughts and prayers are with you as you continue on your journey. With your attitude and sense of humor you’ll be fine and will look back on all of this as just a bump in the road!!!

  3. Just like Miss J, wearing my brightest pink lulu jacket to teach classes today and have dedicated all to you Miss JG. So blessed to have such an awesome cousin.

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