good news indeed! what a relief...
I had a read back through your posts (playing catch up) to find the reason for celebration and was shocked to see she had breast cancer. None of my close relatives have suffered from it (touch wood), but several members of the dragon boat club I belong to are breast cancer survivors. Doctors are actually recommending the sport because the movement involved in paddling is supposed to help the areas affected by surgery, as well as being very good exercise. Most of the women, like your mother-in-law, have been through the initial horror of finding out and the pain of post-surgery, and some are facing chemotherapy. Speaking with them it amazes me the strength and resilience they show after all that, it's quite inspirational. The one thing they all say is how nice it is to be around smiling people - easy to underestimate the power of a smile.
That's cool you are in a dragon boat club, I live a block away from the Thames and often see them going up and down the river, I always thought it looked like fun. :)
I can see how how dragon boating could help, she already has to do a lot of exercises every day, despite the pain.. she's doing a lot better though and the swelling has gone down a lot, not looking forward to the radiotherapy, but she'll get through it. We discovered recently that the tumor had already grown 20% in just the 2 weeks it took between her being diagnosed and the surgery, she's really lucky it was caught when it was! I agree that positivity can have a huge effect on recovery, she was asked if she wanted to join a support group with other cancer patients and she declined, she felt like she needed to be around friends and family who would keep her spirits up, but it sounds like the women in your club are fighting it positively.