Christine here, Michelle's daughter. I just wanted to let you know that she is out of surgery and in recovery. We spoke to both her breast surgeon and her plastic surgeon, and they said she did great. The breast surgeon did have to take out all of her nodes, because they were too suspicious looking. She also had to take quite a bit of muscle to get around the tumor/seroma site. They were, unfortunately, unable to get at the intra-mammary node; it was too deep and would have required thoracic surgery. This isn't all bad, as watching that node will allow the oncologist to see if the chemotherapy is working, and make changes if necessary.
Thanks to all of you for your support, thoughts and prayers. I know they mean so much to her, and to our family!