so, I got good news back from my surgeon yesterday... the microscopic analysis of all the tissue samples from my surgery came back negative! YAY!!
so, basically, I dodged a bullet: I dodged a whole arsenal of bullets, actually.
These test results mean I don't need chemotherapy, and that I will only need follow-up appointments from now on (what these will consist of, I don't know yet) to make sure I don't have any cancer recurrence in the future.
now, I just need to focus on recovering from the surgery, and on staying healthy!
thanks to everyone for your positive thoughts for good test results and a quick recovery!