Alrighty, my parents have landed in SF, Lucy’s doggie daycare has been arranged and I had my marathon day of appointments at PAMF. We took our pre-op class (which, BTW, is scary as hell — but I think they do that so you’ll be pleasantly surprised — at least that’s what I’m telling myself), I got fitted for my softies (more on that later), saw the Nuclear team for my radioactive honing substance (the surgeon needs this to perform the sentinel node biopsy — more on that later too) and finally I met with Dr. Roy Hong — plastics guy extraordinaire. We talked some more about the surgery and then he marked me up with a purple marker.
In ALL of that, Paul and I still managed to hit the Stanford Mall for some CPK and last-minute shopping. Me? I got a hot deal on three blazers at Talbots — score!
So, in any event, it’s getting late here and we have to be up super early — our check in time at the Menlo Park Surgi-Center is 6am (ugh). Before I head off to bed I just want to share with everyone out there how grateful I am for all of the calls, voicemails, texts and emails you’ve sent wishing me luck. Tomorrow please say a prayer, light a candle — do whatever it is you do! But send your good vibes my way — and I’ll thank you in advance for them 🙂
OK, final thing — you’re probably wondering why the title of this post is “Cherry on top” and it’s because Paul’s Aunt Ellen did the most AMAZE thing for me. Last Saturday Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY (my hometown, and where my mom used to work!) held it’s Destination Cure event and presented the Gilda Radner Courage Award to….drum roll please…… MY IDOL …. Giuliana Rancic! YES! Giuliana is so deserving of this award — she does so much work to raise cancer awareness.
In any event, my doorbell rang at 7:45 this morning and there was a FedEx for me. I pulled it open to find a program from the night’s event and a HANDWRITTEN NOTE TO ME FROM GIULIANA! I shit you not. Check out the picture below, she wrote “Andrea~Sending you lots of love + prayers your way. You will be better before you know it….just remember…This too shall pass. All my love~ Giuliana Rancic
I am FULLY prepared for tomorrow now! That note means the world to me and when I start to get scared, I just remind myself that Giuliana just had a bi-lateral mastectomy too — and she is just fine — and I will be fine too.
Thank you Aunt Ellen for some how arranging this — it means more than I can say.
Paul will update my post for the next few days to keep everybody updated. See you on the other side! xoxox, Andrea