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Jan 30, 2012 04:05 PM blondee327texas wrote:
HI, So sorry you are going through this. I had DCIS in 12/10, then again in 7/11... I had a lumpectomy in on Dec 22, 2010. I had a recurrence (or some was left behind) on 7/21/11...
First of all, Be your OWN best advocate. I did tons of research. I interviewed 6 doctors. YES, you heard me right. I interviewed them. I wanted to see if they had my same values, my sames wishes, my best interest, my best outlook, my best option on their minds. I was "offered" another lumpectomy with a reduction on righty... I told them no way.
I watched video's of lumpectomy, mastectomy, diep, and any other surgery I could find for Breast Cancer.
I opted for double MX with immediate DIEP which is Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator... I had this surgery on 9/29/2011. My reconstruction was the same day. surgery was 10 hours. I was in ICU 1 day, hospital 4 days. I was off work 6 weeks and I wouldn't change one thing.
I then had revision surgery on 12/22/2011 to fix a few things. Fill the tops of the breast area, resconstruct my nipples, do a small tuck as I wanted them smaller, and repair my "dog ears"... This was a 3 hour surgery. I was out of school at that time so missed no work.
I wouldn't have done it any other way. I feel great. I am attending a boot camp. I did have some pain in my hips where they harvested the fat to fill the tops of the breast. BUT, I am so far ahead of the game.
I was originally told that I would not have to have any more mammograms, but when I saw my surgeon last week, he said that new research shows that even though I do not have my original breast, that I still have breast tissue under the arms and BC can come back there. So he suggested a mammogram to make sure.
PM me if you would like to visit. I will be glad to call you and visit.
(o)(o) yes they are fake, the originals tried to kill me... :-)
Diagnosis: 7/21/2011, DCIS, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-