Surgery for breast cancer is a huge decision. I thought long and hard before knowing what surgery was right for me. Removing my entire breast seemed to be very extreme and a very extensive painful surgery. After being informed that the risk of cancer reoccurrence was the same percentage from a mastectomy versus having a partial lumpectomy, I decided to take the short route. I opted to get the lumpectomy, it was 2 hours long and I was out of the hospital the same day. The surgeon went in and took out the remaining tumor and carved out around it. I also had my axel opened and carved out since I was stage 2 cancer and the cancer had began to spread. I had a fast recovery and overall I am very happy with my decision. 3 weeks after my surgery I began radiation treatment, compared to chemo this truly was a breeze. I had treatments for 7 1/2 weeks, 5 days a week. My skin got very dark and peeled off; due to rubbing motion, a blister was formed on my axel. I didn't have too much pain, aloe vera was my best friend through it all. I definitely believe everything after chemo is so much easier to face. Knowing it was the end of my cancer journey, I embraced and looked forward to every one of my radiation sessions.