The Sonia Show

Writer. Podcaster. Beer drinker. Old movie watcher. Mother. Goober.

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Cancer …


Yeah, so, preliminary reports says I’m cancer free!

The Good Doctor did a sentinel node biopsy during the mastectomy, and it came back negative, which means the cancer has not spread. In other words, suck it, cancer! Of course, this is a preliminary report, and a more thorough official test is being done now, but the Good Doctor said we have every reason to be optimistic; that the preliminary tests are usually very accurate.

So, yeah, the recovery process has been more difficult than I thought. Basically, I can’t move without David’s help. He has been carrying me around. It would be romantic if it wasn’t so sick, sad and painful. It goes without saying but I’m on vicodin constantly.

The pain is manageable with the vicodin. I let the pain get ahead of me on Saturday, when the hospital was getting ready to discharge me and, well, it wasn’t pretty. Probably the first time since I found out I had cancer, I was truly emotionally wrecked. I tried to get out of bed, and the pain was unbearable, and it was all downhill from there. The tears were flowing and they wouldn’t stop. They had to give me more vicodin, and I had to lay down for 30 minutes to pull it together. David talked me through it. I’m sure he has never seen me like that. I couldn’t imagine going through all of this if the diagnosis had been positive for cancer. This painful surgery and still having cancer! No, thanks! Horrible!

Today is the first day that I can almost sit up kinda straight.  I have these disgusting tubes running from my left breast that drain into these little plastic containers that mighty, mighty good man David empties. That’s love, people! He empties my drains and he doesn’t even flinch. He also spent the night in the hospital with me and has been practically carrying me from the bed, the couch and the bathroom since I got home on Saturday and fielding nonstop calls and emails. Where’s David’s Nobel Peace Prize!? I couldn’t get through this without him.

Good buddy Tiff organized a meals on wheels program for us, so we have had a steady stream of delicious food in this apartment. I’m starting to wish I was sick more often, the food is so good. Good buddy Kate watched Homer while we were in the hospital, and before I came home, she set up the couch for my arrival, including a wedding magazine! And, of course, we had fab visitors and lovely flowers.

I have been blown away by everyone’s kindness and willingness to help us out during this stressful time. Seriously, I wish I was Oprah, and I would buy everyone a brand new car and introduce everyone to all my favorite things. I am forever grateful.

The good news I won’t have to do all of this again. After this surgery, the followups are minor, outpatient procedures. The hard part was having cancer. The rest is easy!


Author: The Sonia Show

I'm a writer/podcaster/mother/goober in San Francisco who likes to drink beer, shop, laugh and make other people laugh, watch old movies, feed my unhealthy obsession with pop culture, kick breast cancer's ass, go on adventures with my mighty, mighty good man David and my awesome autistic son, Calvin, wear orange and root for the San Francisco Giants, participate in general jackass-ery, talk about TV, eavesdrop on strangers' conversations, make nerdy “Star Wars” and “Simpsons” references, and post personal things about myself on the web for all to read, which makes me some sort of literary exhibitionist.

10 thoughts on “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Cancer …

  1. Hey there!

    I just stumbled across your blog this evening and spent the last little while catching up on your experience with cancer thus far. Welcome to the club – it rocks, right?

    Anyway, I just wanted to say that I’m glad your surgery went well and you seem hanging in there ok 🙂

  2. I couldn’t be happier. I can’t wait to spend the day with you tomorrow. I’ll give mighty mighty good man David a break and carry you around for a while.

  3. Great News Sonia! Rest up:) If you need anything let me know!

  4. Sonia–glad to hear the surgery went so well! When I had my tummy tuck, I had those nasty drains coming out of it too, and Chris emptied them like a champ. You’re right–that’s real love!!

  5. I would love to see you try to carry me around, Michelle.

  6. I would love to see Michelle carrying you around too! Glad to here your able to sit up! Sonia love the positive attitude, I think you’ve beat cancers ass and your an inspiration!

  7. You know, Stacey, I’m a lover, not a fighter, but yeah, I totally kicked cancer’s ass! HAA!

  8. First off, beautiful news………..I am so very glad to hear that everything went so well. Secondly, damn, it just puts a lump in the throat to hear about such a sweet guy. It’s good to hear evidence of men out there who really love their women with such unwavering grace.

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