KC, Sorry you received bad news about bc, but I had a lumpectomy last April and I did just fine. I had 33 days of radiation and I will tell you, it makes you pretty tired. I was able to carry on everyday, but had to rest. I had the sentinel nodes tested and they were clean. I take Femara since my was hormonal. I am 61 and have no children...have a sister but she had back surgery about 2 weeks after mine. Your friends and neighbors will be there for you.....the breast cancer community is very close. Stay strong and keep on posting as we are your sisters.