I suppose the alternative title for this post could be "I Had Cancer, Part 1," but that remains to be seen. My surgery has been scheduled - it will be Friday 1/31 at 7:15 am. My parents should be getting here on Thursday. I have two pre-operative appointments this week - one on Wednesday for bloodwork and normal pre-op tests, and one on Thursday for lymphoscintigraphy - a procedure involving radioactive staining of my lymph nodes, so the surgeon can detect those closet to the melanoma site. It appears to involve multiple stinging injections, so that sounds fun! In any case, I'm glad I was scheduled so soon and hopefully all goes well and they do not find anything in the removed lymph nodes (though that apparently does not mean it hasn't spread...going to have to ask about this).