Thursday, April 24, 2008

Mohs

I had my Mohs surgery today. It took several hours, but they were able to get all of the affected cells. I have such a clear peace of mind finally having this ordeal over! When my doctor was finished, she came in the room and said "Congratulations! It is gone!" What a great feeling! The Mohs procedure is precise and takes so long because they remove the lesion and surrounding skin and then freeze sections to examine the cells microscopically. If they see that there is not a clear margin around it, they will come back and take more. The stitches took the longest amount of time. Dr. Chiller was amazing - very sweet, witty and definitely qualified. She really wanted to try and keep my scarring to a minimum, but she also needed to take out all of the cells. At the end of the surgery, the site was an inch wide. She warned that the scar would be 3:1 larger than the site. Once they were finished and showed me the incision, I can say that I was truly shocked at the size of it. But at this point, I am just thankful (scar and all) to have this whole ordeal behind me. I have to be very careful about lifting, exercising, etc. for the next couple of months - any tension or exertion can cause my incision to pull and can cause a larger scar. At the beginning of all of this, the "nubbin" was a little larger than a dime, close to the size of a nickel, but as you will see below, the incision is MUCH larger. (sigh)

8 Comments:

At 7:12 PM , Blogger my3 kids said...

Julie,

I am so happy to hear that you got a clean bill of health. Such a scary time you have gone through but now like you said it is behind you. I am so happy for you. Hey where are your disney pix girl?????

 
At 10:24 PM , Blogger LaLa said...

So happy you are closing this chapter. Such a scary time and I hope you felt all our support. Hey, it will get smaller and paler...and who cares anyway right...you are WELL!!!

Hey, and about the Zoo..maybe we can come down and go with you : )

 
At 12:18 PM , Blogger kerri said...

Ya, no more nubbin, I am so happy for you.
What a relief, this scary time is over for you and your family.
Your strength and courage through these times was truly inspiring, I am so happy for this wonderful outcome. ;)

 
At 2:24 PM , Blogger Sophia's Mama said...

Julie I am just glad it is gone and now you can go on with Life.... The scar, well it will always be there to remind you of how lucky you are and how many people love you.

Hugs to you
Love Susan

 
At 11:14 PM , Blogger Sam said...

It gives you more character! Think of all the great "stories" you can make up about how you got it!!! Alien abduction, pirates on your vacation, taking a bullet for the President...

Seriously, I'm just glad you are okay!

 
At 9:43 AM , Blogger LilyKate's Mom said...

Julie:

It is now behind you and you can move on. As sam said, scars give you more character! I have been praying for you and glad the surgery went well.

Hope to see you all soon!

Susan

 
At 11:46 AM , Blogger jiangxigirls said...

Hugs to you! Glad this is behind you and you are doing well. You will continue to be in our prayers.

Oh, and shouldn't your comment have been "remind me not to let OUR grandchildren in the car with you"? LOL Can't wait to see you all in August!

Love ya!

 
At 1:10 PM , Blogger Molly's Mum said...

Gottah laugh at the doc's name Chiller - Molly has a doctor called Doctor Strange LOL. Anyway, so glad you are WELL YAY!!!!

 

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