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February 09, 2011


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thank you, wendy. this is very wise.

Suzzann Cummings

Thank You Dr. Harpham on this very important post. When I heard the news on this, I experienced all of those emotions- angry and sad. But 5 yrs ago, my surgeon felt that this was my best option and I agreed. So now, I live w/lymphedema. But, the outcome could have been far worse and there's days I need to give myself reminders...hey, I'm alive and healthy and here!


Thank you for bringing such clear, to-the-point context to this discussion, Wendy.

Jackie Fox

Thank you for this wise post. Treatment is a moving target and like you said, we make the choice based on best options available at the time. I realize I'm lucky because I don't have lymphedema, but I did have 10 nodes removed during my mastectomy as a precaution for an alarmingly large amount of DCIS. Some day that choice may seem like a blunt instrument. But I have no regrets. I spent one night in the hospital after my mastectomy; 30 years ago Betty Rollin spent a week. We've got a long way to go but it is getting better.


The study stated that women would not need the surgery since it was assumed their subsequent chemotherapy would kill any cancer in the lymph nodes. Yet, I had my surgery after my chemo, back in 1999, and cancer cells were very much still alive and active in my nodes even after all my chemo. No regrets here. The study makes a very, in my humble opinion, risky assumption.

Andrea Gauthier

What a precious resource your blog is, a forum to process these events, make sense of them, put them in their context and come out stronger and more at peace with the gift of life today, with all its imperfections...Andrea


Anyone reading Dr Harpham's blog must know by now that her positive thinking helps to bring acceptance and peace into an otherwise unsettling and chaotic life. Continuous positive affirmations about past decisions, with forgiveness on the part of self and others, brings us to a better place mentally and emotionally.


Wendy S. Harpham, MD

Thank you for letting me know you find the posts to be healing. With hope, Wendy

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