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Feb 28, 2012 08:42 PM SAOIsenberg wrote:
Hello ladies - away for a week and so much to catch up on!
Olgah - Ugh. I hope you are hanging in there. I'll be checking in here to see how you're doing. I don't blame you for wanting them yanked if there is another problem. You've had enough problems!
Tina - another day, another woman dx'd. It's so awful. I don't have great ideas for resources for talking to kids, but BCO has this: www.breastcancer.org/tips/tell...and it's essentially what we did. We kept emotion out of it, presented the facts, and let our daughter know that she could ask anything, any time, and that we'd give her whatever info. we had. She's 8 and it turned out to be somewhat of a non-event. She was more p.o'd that the routine was off than anything else! And hooray for a scheduled date for exchange! It's about time. I hope those twinges subside.
DT - hashmarks on the prison cell wall . . . counting down to the end of rads. hope your skin's holding out and you're not too pooped.
Linda - 1-2 years is about right - when I was 32, it was 1 year before I felt like myself again after surgery, chemo & rads . . . so I can imagine it'd be longer at this point or beyond!
So we got back Friday after a week in the Turks & Caicos - it was DREAMY. This was our second time at this same spot, so I knew what to expect, but man, I needed a vacation. I truly relaxed for the first time since June when I was dx'd. Friends of ours came with us, so it was a week of fun w/friends and the kids . . . too much junk food, a lot of sun - just what the doctor ordered.
No issues whatsoever with security or with flying. I brought my cards for my implants, just in case, but they stayed in my wallet. Linda - if you didn't have the sensitivity, I don't think you'd find it too awful to fly w/a sleeve - I did it after my first surgery years ago, and while it wasn't ideal, it made me feel more secure. Hopefully that nerve stuff will calm down and you can decide if you want to go for it or not. In some ways, I think traveling away from home/cancer/docs can be REALLY healing - reminds you of all else that is going on in the world! But you need to be comfortable.
I'm off to do a little reading and to hit the sack. While I'd say I'm almost "normal" again, I can't bounce back from late nights/really early mornings like I used to . . . the last frontier of recovery for me.
Hugs to all,
Second round w/BC in 10 years. 6/6/11 dx'd right side DCIS, grade 1, ER/PR+: skin/nipple-sparing BMX, immediate reconstruction w/saline implants+Alloderm 9/19/11.
Diagnosis: 6/6/2011, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+