Strategy, a word of military origin, refers to a plan of action designed to achieve a particular goal. In military usage strategy is distinct from tactics, which are concerned with the conduct of an engagement, while strategy is concerned with how different engagements are linked. How a battle is fought is a matter of tactics: the terms and conditions that it is fought on and whether it should be fought at all is a matter of strategy, which is part of the four levels of warfare: political goals or grand strategy, strategy, operations, and tactics. Building on the work of many thinkers on the subject, one can define strategy as "a comprehensive way to try to pursue political ends, including the threat or actual use of force, in a dialectic of wills – there have to be at least two sides to a conflict. These sides interact, and thus a Strategy will rarely be successful if it shows no adaptability." from Wikipedia
I am using the word strategy because I am now in a battle, and in order for me to win this battle I have to have a strategy and a good troop behind me.
Yesterday, May 9th, I met with a big city surgeon and really, really liked him. Actually, I really liked his whole staff. They really seemed to care, genuinely care.
We left his office almost giddy with excitement that we now have a strategy, and that the battle has begun!
Here's the strategy:
Bone Scan & Lab work – check
CT Scans – scheduled for today
Injection & Scan of Lymph Nodes – scheduled for next week
Surgery – scheduled for next week
I have decided to have a mastectomy of my left breast next Tuesday. After I have completely healed from surgery I will begin my chemotherapy. At this time, I do not know what kind of chemo I will have or how long I will have it. After I have finished my treatments I will have a mastectomy of the right breast and reconstruction of both breasts.
Tomorrow I will tell you a little more about my experiences with the tests I have taken, and my thoughts on how we, as patients, could be better prepared for these types of tests.