Nothing On The Inside

Ding! Dong! My port-a-cath is gone!

Unlike my solo insertion day, today’s happy occasion was a family affair.

And, despite my squeamish worries, I co-operated fully during the local-anaesthetic-only procedure — I didn’t once faint or kick or flail around. I must admit, though, I was highly unprepared for:

  • the pre-incision warning that there was a chance removal of the port would be impossible
  • the Interventional Radiologist‘s struggle to dig and pry and snip it out

But it did come out and it’s all done but the 6day shower-free healing.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

About Andrea

Andrea Ross was diagnosed with breast cancer October 6, 2009 and intends to survive and thrive. You can read more from Andrea here.

  • They went in there Dr. Stein style.

  • So glad the bugger is out. Congratulations on all the courageous steps you took to get to this day, Andrea.

  • Jay

    Congratulations! You did it. Nice work dealing with everything in the removal process!

  • janice

    Now EVERYTHING cancer is gone. Except the scars, emotional and physical. And the love and emotional growth!!

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  • Anonymous

    Congrats! Big day!

  • Thank you, Emly. One day very soon you’ll barely be able to believe you were bald — or that you had that thing in your chest.n I’m sending you vibes for good health and happiness. nn

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  • Oh my I had no idea that they might not be able to get them out. I’ve had mine in for 2 years now and it has been unused for 8 months but I’m too scared to let it go. I have these strange disease that hardens my skin (scleroderma) so the port is the only way to take and receive blood so I’m really not sure when I will be told its time to take it out. nnI underwent a Stem Cell Transplant and 6 months of Cytoxan Chemotherapy and the port was my best friend, I also had a vas cath put in my neck for the Stem Cell Transplant and I cannot tell you enough how much I love those things. nnIts so odd, I feel it there and its so visible so I really dislike it but its saved me so much pain that I have this fear of loosing it. Maybe its because I don’t know what the future holds. nnI think I have about the same amount of hair as you! I’m at around 2 inches of hair growth but I got curly chemo hair! I used to have dead straight hair.nnWishing you well!nnI love your blog and yes I’m one of those silent readers.

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