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Forum: Surgery - Before, During, and After — Surgical options and helpful tips for recovery and side effects.

Posted on: Oct 13, 2012 09:42PM, edited Nov 28, 2012 10:05PM by kelmo2013

kelmo2013 wrote:

I have been reading all the tips on what to bring to the hospital and things to have ready when you get home.  I am scheduled for surgery Nov. 1 and feel fortunate to have found this website full of advice and tips.  Anyone else scheduled for November?  Here is the list:

  • Oct.31- Hollycat- BMX with TE reconstruction
  • Nov. 1- Kelly Hammock -Surgery 11/01/2012 Mastectomy (Both); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement, Breast implants (permanent) (Both)
  • Nov.1-Dessert1st- Surgery 11/01/2012 Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Right)
  • Nov. 2- Frapp- BMX
  • Nov. 5- Steiner18- BMX w/TE
  • Nov. 6- FLSUNMOM- TE replacement surgery
  • Nov. 6-Floridakt- BMX with TE reconstruction
  • Nov.7- Stride- surgery and Dx IDC, Grade 3, ER-/PR+, HER2-
  • Nov.7-MNSusan- I'm scheduled for bilateral mast w immediate reconstruction.
  • Nov. 7- Kelly513- Right MX SNB with expander
  • Nov.8- Angelrose-I'm scheduled for unilateral DIEP.
  • Nov.8- Momto7- Scheduled for BMX with no reconstruction
  • Nov.9-btrflynaia-  Surgery 11/09/2012 Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both)
  • Nov. 9- MandalaB - BMX Mastectomywith DIEP Flap
  • Nov. 10- ScarYola- BMX with TE
  • Nov. 12- Banksy- BMX scheduled
  • Nov. 12- Cherrie BMX with immediate DIEP in NOLA
  • Nov. 12-Jinjinl- possible BMX
  • Nov. 12- Pegs54- BMX with immediate DIEP Flap
  • Nov. 12- Zappons- BMX with TE
  • Nov. 13- Nicole503- BMX with Nodes
  • Nov. 14- Digitalcowgirl-Exchange surgery
  • Nov. 14- Everydayahollyday-
  • Nov. 15- Healing123- Unilateral MX with node dissection
  • Nov. 15- Satxruth- Right MX with DIEP Flap and LN removal
  • Nov. 16- Susiell-Surgery 11/16/2012 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Right)
  • Nov. 16- Juliaanna- Exchange surgery
  • Nov. 16- JoCanuck1951- MX with SNB- 2 removed
  • Nov. 19- CheriJ619- BMX wtih tissue expander placement
  • Nov. 19- Staynsane TE Replacement surgery
  • Nov. 19- Peb Unilateral MX
  • Nov. 20- SharonS- BMX with tissue expander placement
  • Nov. 20- Paula5- lumpectomy with node dissection
  • Nov. 22- Katem001- Unilateral MX
  • Nov. 22- Kiwi-kid- Partial Mx SNB
  • Nov. 23- Rdrunner- unilateral MX
  • Nov. 23- LisaB58- MX- right
  • Nov. 26- Mspill- BMX with TE expanders
  • Nov. 26- Craftybiatchy- lumpectomy with 3 nodes removed
  • Nov. 27- tammi- BMX with TE expanders
  • Nov. 27-Laniek- BMX with SN dissection
  • Nov. 27- Cmparker- BMX with TE
  • Nov. 29- Cdnchick- Unilateral mastectomy on right side with DIEP flap and ALND.
  • Nov. 29- Fickelchook- BMX
  • Nov. 29- Juneaubugg- Exchange surgery
  • Nov. 29- Chewyspree- BMX
  • Nov. 30- Mterkelsen- BMX
  • Dec. 3- Strike-Two- BMX with TE
  • Dec. 4- Chrisrenee7- Exchange surgery
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Nov 28, 2012 01:08PM Hollycat wrote:

Hi friends,

I am not posting as much these days... but that's me at the top of the Nov. list (Hollycat)..my surgery actually ended up being on Halloween so it has been 4 weeks today! I have been reading all of the posts and keeping up with everyone. I am just now starting to feel like myself again. I went and walked the track for the first time this morning. Got my last of 4 drains out yesterday (it was still draining a good bit but the PS was more worried about infection). I will start my fills next week on these AWFUL TEs (which get a teeny tiny bit better each day)...

I asked for a large fill on the table (300ccs) and I had a LOT of spare skin (34DD) so hoping to do less fills...????

Question..I am about to start tamoxifen...and have been reading an awful lot. Looks like I will be needing to switch my Cymbalta (which I LOVE) out for Effexor. Anyone have any knowledge of best way to wean or has anyone had much experience with the tamoxifen...

Dx 9/6/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 09/04/2012 Lumpectomy (Left)Surgery 10/31/2012 Prophylactic Mastectomy (Both); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both)Surgery 10/31/2012 Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Hormonal Therapy 12/08/2012 TamoxifenSurgery 02/07/2013 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)
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Nov 28, 2012 01:34PM Frapp wrote:

Hollycat, I know Fitztwins had to switch a few months back You may want to pm her.

Dx 12/24/2009, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 2, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 12/19/2011, IDC, Stage IV, Grade 3, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2-Dx 9/28/2012, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2-Surgery 11/02/2012 Mastectomy (Both)Targeted Therapy 12/20/2012 AfinitorHormonal Therapy 12/20/2012 AromasinChemotherapy 02/20/2013 Taxol
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Nov 28, 2012 07:15PM jenjenl wrote:

I had one breast removed and my incision is still tender.  I have small boobs...34a and I love them small.  I usually wear what I call boob tubes - it's like a sports bra but not with the support.  So the ones I have are a little snug from swelling and I need to have some soft fabric on that spot before my clothes....

off to target I go.  I find one...yeah I am so excited.  When checking out it was 23.99 I asked the girl...can i get 1/2 off since i only have one boob?  My mom and I start laughing like crazy the lady checked us out so fast.

So...I get home and figure out it is a nursing bra.....LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!

34 year old wife and mother of 2 children, ages 6 and 4. BRCA1+

Dx 10/30/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 1/15 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-Surgery 11/12/2012 Mastectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Chemotherapy 12/18/2012 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, TaxotereSurgery 04/22/2013 Prophylactic Ovary Removal (Both)Radiation Therapy 04/29/2013 ExternalSurgery 07/22/2013 Mastectomy (Left)Surgery 01/20/2014 Reconstruction: DIEP flap (Both)
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Nov 28, 2012 09:13PM jocanuck1951 wrote:

Too funny jenjen! That's my kind of humor lol!

Can we have a vote? How long will my mastectomy hurt? Average days? I was the 16th, I'm ok when I wake up but jeez right now it hurts like hell!

Joanne, looking for more time to play! Liver mets right out the gate!

Dx 9/26/2012, IDC, 1cm, Grade 3, 0/2 nodesDx 12/3/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+Targeted Therapy HerceptinSurgery 11/16/2012 Mastectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Chemotherapy 01/10/2013 TaxolChemotherapy 01/21/2013 Abraxane
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Nov 28, 2012 09:36PM cat24 wrote:

Joanne, are you taking painkillers?  I leaned heavily on percocet both times.  Most of my pain was from the abdomen last time and my back this time, my chest was mostly numb, but I needed percocet for several weeks.  I am trying to back off the painkillers a little bit and distract myself by staying busy.  I don't want to get addicted.

And call it an angel, call it a muse And call it karma that you've got comin' to you What's the difference? What's in a name? What matters most is never ever losin' faith 'Cause it's gonna be alright, you're not alone tonight

Dx 12/2/2011, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+Dx 10/10/2012, DCIS, Stage 0Surgery 01/03/2012 Mastectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right); Reconstruction: TRAM flap (Right)Hormonal Therapy 01/20/2012 TamoxifenSurgery 11/15/2012 Mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement, Latissimus Dorsi flap (Left)Surgery 03/12/2013 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Left)Surgery 07/02/2013 Reconstruction: Nipple reconstruction (Both)
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Nov 28, 2012 09:42PM jenjenl wrote:

Joanne - I was on the 12th - my chest is still tender, the back of my arm is still numb and tingly, my shoulder hurts and I can't lift my arm past shoulder height and STILL haven't haved that armpit damn it!

34 year old wife and mother of 2 children, ages 6 and 4. BRCA1+

Dx 10/30/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 1/15 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-Surgery 11/12/2012 Mastectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Chemotherapy 12/18/2012 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, TaxotereSurgery 04/22/2013 Prophylactic Ovary Removal (Both)Radiation Therapy 04/29/2013 ExternalSurgery 07/22/2013 Mastectomy (Left)Surgery 01/20/2014 Reconstruction: DIEP flap (Both)
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Nov 28, 2012 10:02PM JanetB1961 wrote:

PAIN management - I am not scheduled for surgery yet - still going thru meetings, but my mom had BMX 2 yrs ago, and we got her going on medical marijuana. Got my card this March for my migraines. Little did I know I would be relying on it for THIS. Anyway, if you have NOT tried it, look into it. It can help so much with the pain, the stress, and the appetite, depending on which product you use. My son even got involved working in the dispensary industry and has learned a lot on how to guide patients toward the right variety for their condition or need, and the best method for them on HOW to take it (smoke, in food, in tea, etc).

Dx 11/7/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 12/27/2012 Mastectomy (Right)Surgery 01/11/2013 Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Right)Hormonal Therapy 03/08/2013 TamoxifenSurgery 05/10/2013 Prophylactic Ovary Removal (Right)
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Nov 28, 2012 10:04PM jocanuck1951 wrote:

Cat I took 5mg Valium just an hour ago, helped a bit and I take a #3 with my imovane (sleeping pills) at bedtime. More than that and I'm constipated! I would so easily be a druggie, I'm an ex smoker 6years now....lately tho it's really calling me!

Now jenjen, what about those cream hair removers?


Joanne, looking for more time to play! Liver mets right out the gate!

Dx 9/26/2012, IDC, 1cm, Grade 3, 0/2 nodesDx 12/3/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+Targeted Therapy HerceptinSurgery 11/16/2012 Mastectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Chemotherapy 01/10/2013 TaxolChemotherapy 01/21/2013 Abraxane
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Nov 28, 2012 10:12PM ablydec wrote:

I'm only a few days out from surgery (BMX last Friday, 11/23, with TE), but still feel like it is "hard rocks" (someone's term).  It's manageable, but it would be nice to hear if that is something that goes down with time (how much time?) or  will be a present discomfort until I get it exchanged for the permanent implants.

    Also, I'm scheduled to start chemo in a couple of weeks.  The PS (I can ask him to be clearer when I see him tomorrow) implied I could wait until I finish chemo to change to the permanent implant.  But that would be many months - does that make sense?  Any thoughts?

Dx 9/24/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+Surgery 10/12/2012 Lumpectomy (Right)Surgery 11/03/2012 Lumpectomy (Right)Surgery 11/24/2012 Mastectomy (Both); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both)Chemotherapy 01/11/2013 carboplatin, TaxotereTargeted Therapy 01/11/2013 HerceptinHormonal Therapy 05/21/2013 Tamoxifen
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Nov 28, 2012 10:23PM Chrisrenee77 wrote:

Ablydec- they do eventually feel soft. The longer between fills you go the better. I had my last fill 5 weeks ago. Mine are so soft, that I forget that they are "fake". I am hoping just 6 days away from exchange surgery. There is hope, it takes patience. Also try sleeping on pillows propped up for a couple nights, that might help

chrisrenee77- You are only as strong, as the people who support you!

Dx 5/25/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage II, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 5/25/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 06/05/2012 Mastectomy (Both); Lymph Node Removal (Left)Hormonal Therapy 06/10/2012 FemaraSurgery 09/11/2012 Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both)Surgery 12/05/2012 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)Surgery 10/28/2013 Reconstruction: Nipple reconstruction (Both)
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Nov 28, 2012 10:26PM juliaanna wrote:

Ablydec,

My TEs stayed hard but with each fill, they became slightly more comfortable, or maybe tolerable is a better word.  Can't help you with the chemo part, sorry, but no someone will chime in.

Dear ladies of the 29th-cdnchick, fickelchook, chewyspree, and juneaubugg- best wishes and prayers for easy surgeries and boring recoveries!  Juneaubugg, I'm waiting to do the TEs-are-gone-happy-dance-with-you.

JoCanuck, I found I had more pain in the afternoon especially if I'd been up and moving around.  Two weeks isn't all that long from your surgery.  Remember to take it easy.

It's hard to believe November is almost gone.  It feels like we've lived a lifetime.  Thank you for your kind words and support.

"Just live your life so that every morning, when you plant your feet on the floor beside your bed, the devil gets a cold chill and says, 'Oh CRAP' She's awake.'" Original diagnosis 2/7/12-mucinous carcinoma.

Dx 2/7/2012, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 4/5/2012, ILC, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 4/5/2012, DCISDx 4/5/2012, IDCSurgery 04/05/2012 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Surgery 06/01/2012 Mastectomy (Left); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both)Hormonal Therapy 07/04/2012 ArimidexSurgery 11/16/2012 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)Surgery 07/26/2013 Reconstruction: Nipple reconstruction (Both)
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Nov 29, 2012 09:07AM, edited Nov 29, 2012 09:09AM by manksy

Good luck today our Nov 29thers! I'm writing from my hospital bed. Yep--that's right. Tuesday I went in for a checkup with the PS and he saw some fluid buildup where my lymph nodes (27!) were removed under my left arm--an area that had been swolen and causing me a lot of pain. (In my last post I was talking about post-op under arm pain.) He saw some redness and swelling and was concerned there might be an infection. So out of an abundance of precaution, he admitted me that day for a small procedure to remove the fluid--but to do it he had to put me out.

So I'm now here in the hospital waking up after a a second night. It's been a total up and down--moments of fun having friends in my hospital room bring food watch movies eat pizza and hang out and laugh and others of pain (an IV line went bad on me. ouch!) and discomfort and frustration (damn these drains). Last night I couldn't sleep--not sure if it was the medicine or the anxiety. The good news is that there's no infection, the redness is gone, the swelling is down, and I'm going home at noon. And thankfully none of the concern that brought me back into the hospital for 48 hours had anything to do with the cancer--rather just with post-surgical crap. The surgery to remove the cancer was a total success and I am reminded that we have to separate out the pains and frustrations of the medical procedures and processes from fighting the cancer and healing. Kicking cancer's ass--that's the most important part. So I'm trying to not get upset that I'll have one drain for another 5 days. The key is getting home and focusing on healing and feeling better and stronger.

Gentle hugs to all my November babes!

BRCA1

Dx 10/15/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 3, 2/27 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 11/12/2012 Mastectomy (Both); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Both); Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)Chemotherapy 12/17/2012 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, TaxolRadiation Therapy 05/09/2013 External
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Nov 29, 2012 09:07AM Chrisrenee77 wrote:

Wow, I didn't realize we had so many going into surgery today. It's really amazing to see how fast this group has expanded. While we have the 4 amazing women today rounding the month out, I will ring in the new month! I will be thinking about all of you today and praying for a fast and speedy surgery and even more speedy recovery. post when ya'll can we will be waiting.

chrisrenee77- You are only as strong, as the people who support you!

Dx 5/25/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage II, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 5/25/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 06/05/2012 Mastectomy (Both); Lymph Node Removal (Left)Hormonal Therapy 06/10/2012 FemaraSurgery 09/11/2012 Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both)Surgery 12/05/2012 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)Surgery 10/28/2013 Reconstruction: Nipple reconstruction (Both)
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Nov 29, 2012 01:41PM laniek wrote:

hey ladies, laniek and I had my bmx and sln done tuesday the 27th. Had my surgery at 10:30 and left the hospital at 3:30. I feel really good, no pain, maybe because I have two drains in. My surgeon is so awesome, she came by the house last night and changed my bandage for me, said everything is going and looking good. I got to take a shower today, that was huge as far as making me feel better, clean hair, etc. I will probably get my drains out on monday she thinks. The best advice I have is to have your husband take the week off too, so you can relax and rest your arms. He is my world and he shows it to me all the time. I wish you all the best!

Dx 9/23/2012, DCIS, 4cm, Stage Ib, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 9/28/2012, DCIS, 4cm, Stage 0, Grade 2Surgery 09/28/2012 Lumpectomy (Left)Surgery 11/27/2012 Mastectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Right)
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Nov 29, 2012 02:12PM Frapp wrote:

I'm doing pretty well. My sore spots now seem to be in my diaphragm area, breast bone and lower ribs. I'm surprised at the lower breast bone area. Also that same area seems to get cold very easily I have to put my warm hands on it every once in a while to warm it up. Must be missing the heat form those DD's that we're removed.

Dx 12/24/2009, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 2, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 12/19/2011, IDC, Stage IV, Grade 3, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2-Dx 9/28/2012, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2-Surgery 11/02/2012 Mastectomy (Both)Targeted Therapy 12/20/2012 AfinitorHormonal Therapy 12/20/2012 AromasinChemotherapy 02/20/2013 Taxol
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Nov 29, 2012 04:35PM jenjenl wrote:

I'm getting frustrated with recovery.  The back of my arm, armpit, shoulder is still so numb to touch.  is that a typical experience?  My range sucks but think it's getting a little better.  Can striaghten the arm and life to should height.  I'm going to talk to to BS tomorrow what the expectation should be.  What a day!

34 year old wife and mother of 2 children, ages 6 and 4. BRCA1+

Dx 10/30/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 1/15 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-Surgery 11/12/2012 Mastectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Chemotherapy 12/18/2012 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, TaxotereSurgery 04/22/2013 Prophylactic Ovary Removal (Both)Radiation Therapy 04/29/2013 ExternalSurgery 07/22/2013 Mastectomy (Left)Surgery 01/20/2014 Reconstruction: DIEP flap (Both)
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Nov 29, 2012 04:50PM Dulcigirl wrote:

Jen,
I am 6 weeks out now and have full range back. I believe it's only been a week since i could do everything without making a face or saying "ouch!" every time. :-) Yesterday I actually attempted a plank position!

The numbness has gotten better, but my BS told me that it might not entirely go away. My mother-in-law told me she couldn't remember how long it took, but just knew one day after about 6 months she realized her numbness was gone. Much will depend on number and placement of nodes that were removed.

Stick with the range of motion exercises!

"I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles." ~ Audrey Hepburn

Dx 9/12/2012, IDC, Stage ISurgery 10/16/2012 Mastectomy (Both); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both)Surgery 02/14/2013 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)Surgery 10/22/2013 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)
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Nov 29, 2012 08:21PM InspiredbyDolce wrote:

I want to echo what LeeA said, and there are days when all of us need to hear this, and today was one of those days for me!  To everyone:

Best wishes, calming energy, etc. for everyone wherever you're at in the process. 

After breast cancer, it's Plan B (as follows): Low-fat, low sugar, fish, veggies, whole grains, fruits, water, green tea; 8 hours vigorous exercise weekly; and Metformin. If you would like info about Metformin to discuss with your Onc, please PM me.

Dx 12/27/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-Surgery 01/04/2012 Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both)Chemotherapy 02/02/2012 Cytoxan, TaxotereSurgery 05/30/2012 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)
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Nov 29, 2012 09:03PM Linda-Ranching-in-the-mTns wrote:

Howdy all ... I had my dbl mastectomy and stage one DIEP breast reconstruction on Nov 6 -- tonight was the first time I saw this thread...

To everyone who is less than 3 weeks out ... it gets better and better!

I still felt pretty rotten the first 2 weeks -- hit the pain meds hard - 2 every 4 hrs (the max they said was OK) every single 4 hours.

But beginning week 3 I started replacing one of the pills, and then both -- with just Tylenol, and now those only every 6-8 hours... I forget to take them regularily because I feel good without them... until I don't. 

I am even back to light hiking (in a field across the street from the house). Feels great to be OUTSIDE!

Still have soome tenderness and numbness on the side with lymph node removal... but that, too, seems better each day. Tomorrow I resume my pre-surgery vitamins and supplements, want to get used to them again since I have been off 6 weeks... and then I will begin my hormone therapy (Femara/Letrozole).  

The most uncomfortable part for me was a raging case of contact dermatitis -- the binder and bra they put on me at the hospital were all a size or two too small (what were they thinking?) and then on top of that I have low BP so they really pumped me full of IV to raise the BP -- making me swell up like a balloon.

My best friend in this has been my 'chiller pillow' -- which keeps my back cool at night. It is hard to sleep on your back and not be able to move to release the heat.

The surgeons were great, though, and I am thrilled with my new 'belly/boob-replacements", even if they are a bit "Franken-boobish" still. Only two more surgeries to go. I am feeling great -- noticeably better every single day, and even having some careful hanky-panky with my darlin'...

Hooray for that as a better distraction than pain meds!

Linda

Dx IDC 5/30/12. LumpX 8/24/12 (1 of 2 nodes + for BC) DCIS/tumors in margins. BMX + DIEP recon 11-6-2012. (11 more nodes x’d/none +). Began Letrozole 12-3-2012 (NO SE's so far!). Cording/pain/limited ROM in node-removed arm- but PT helping a lot!

Dx 5/30/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage II, Grade 1, 1/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 08/24/2012 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Surgery 11/06/2012 Mastectomy (Both); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Left); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction: DIEP flap (Both)Hormonal Therapy 12/03/2012 Femara
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Nov 29, 2012 09:07PM Kelly513 wrote:

I am three weeks out and by next week I think I will feel back to my old self full range of motion as well:) reaching is the only difficult motion! No fills for me i had fluid build up so I self expanded no infection I was dreading the fills so I guess it all worked out! Hope everyone that just went in and just came out are feeling ok! All my girlfriends are super jealous of my new perky boob one good side to all of this!

Dx 8/3/2012, IDC, 3cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-Surgery 11/07/2012 Mastectomy (Right)
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Nov 29, 2012 09:09PM, edited Nov 29, 2012 09:12PM by LeeA

InspiredbyDolce -  I hope the rest of the day goes better. 

I find that everything takes a lot more energy than it used to...

Tuesday I drove for the first time since surgery and couldn't figure out why my arms felt like limp noodles when I got home.  Then it hit me (doh!) - I hadn't been using those muscles to hold my arms up to drive in a few weeks. 

Banksy, sorry you're back in the hospital but I love the way you're separating the cancer stuff from the surgical stuff.  That's an excellent attitude to take and I'm going to keep it in my mental bag of tricks for the days/weeks/months to come!  

laniek, your surgeon sounds great!  Gosh, I haven't heard of doctors of any kind doing housecalls in years!  

Frapp, chuckling at the double D warmth you're missing (editing to add - not chuckling that their gone - just chuckling at the idea that hey, they can be a bit like hot water bottles!)

juliaanna, re: "It feels like we've lived a lifetime." (AMEN!)  I'm so glad the surgery part is in the past.  Now, it's the mental build-up for chemo/Herceptin.  I keep thinking about What About Bob and "baby steps."  

jenjenl, I still have a numb feeling on the back of my left arm as well (left side was sentinel nodes/cancer).  Sometimes I get a weird and somewhat annoying tingling sensation along my back.  I wonder if it's a result of all the nerves waking back up again?

hollycat, this "I am just now starting to feel like myself again" is great to read!  I went to the track Sunday and walked a mile but haven't been back since (and here it is, already Thursday).  

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I made an enormous pot of pasta sauce today (still cooking) and am trying sun-dried tomatoes in the oven for the first time.  From everything I've read - lycopene is really good for preventing cancer.  My husband is Italian and during our year plus of the 17-Day Diet (more like the 17 month diet) we weren't eating as much pasta sauce (tomatoes) as we had in the past so I'm bringing it back into our diet.  Plus, freezing a lot of it for the days and weeks ahead (the days, not of wine and roses but chemo and Herceptin). 

I had a very uncomfortable echocardiogram the other day.  I'm not sure if I mentioned it on this thread but at just under 3 weeks post-op it was much more uncomfortable than I anticipated.  What I've found through all this cancer "stuff" is that mantras help me get myself settled down and help me traverse whatever procedure is currently at hand.

The day of my biopsy, when my heart was beating about a million miles per second (I'm sure you can all relate!) I saw a plaque on the insurance person's desk that read:  "God is with you in all that you do."  I never feel comfortable discussing religion/spirituality all that much but in this case I'll pass along the mantra aspect of just happening to see that little last minute sign/plaque at a time when I desperately needed something to help me get centered.  It has now become a much-needed mantra that's helped me get to the end of whatever crappy thing is happening, i.e. the biopsy, the MRI, the pre-surgery jitters, the echocardiogram, etc.  

I guess anything can become a mantra, i.e. "when I get done with this I'll have a milkshake or go to Hawaii."  Smile

Wishing everyone all the best!

God is with you in all that you do (Genesis 21:22) | Dx 10/9/12, IDC, 2.5 cm, Stage IIb, Grade 3 | 1/3 nodes | ER+/PR+/HER2+ | BMX 11/07/12 | Herceptin: 12/12/12 | Carboplatin - Taxotere: 1/2/13 | Radiation: 7/30/13 | Arimidex: 10/10/13

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Nov 29, 2012 09:15PM Kelly513 wrote:

Forgot to mention I was totally sick of wearing a bra after surgery! Walmart surprisingly has a wide variety! Sports bra type with eye hook front closure and racer back just like those fancy mastectomy type for way cheaper! Now I am wearing Walmart again very thin cool nylon type two for about 11.00 can wear racer back, plain strap style, or strapless which felt great after two weeks in one:) saving all those fancy Victoria's Secret for the final product lol:) peace and love

Dx 8/3/2012, IDC, 3cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-Surgery 11/07/2012 Mastectomy (Right)
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Nov 29, 2012 11:45PM InspiredbyDolce wrote:

Regarding bras:

When I was wearing a bra post-surgery, I too found a great one at WalMart.  Danskin, they had a zipper in the front, which made it very easy to get on and off.

To anyone going through chemo -- I read a post earlier on here about the constipation issue.  You must try the Smooth Move tea.  They have it at Safeway.  It is actually really yummy.  Just drink a cup, and the next morning you are all set!  I think the box said morning and night, but I found just 1 cup was all that was required.  It was so tasty, that I almost did not want to quit.  This was also so much better than Colace or Benefiber, etc.  It does not cramp your stomach, or cause an emergency explosion.  LOL  I think I've had too much green tea tonight.  :o)

Also, sweet potatoes cooked in the oven (and eat them plain) are also good once you end the Smooth Move tea.  

:)

After breast cancer, it's Plan B (as follows): Low-fat, low sugar, fish, veggies, whole grains, fruits, water, green tea; 8 hours vigorous exercise weekly; and Metformin. If you would like info about Metformin to discuss with your Onc, please PM me.

Dx 12/27/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-Surgery 01/04/2012 Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both)Chemotherapy 02/02/2012 Cytoxan, TaxotereSurgery 05/30/2012 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)
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Nov 29, 2012 11:51PM, edited Nov 29, 2012 11:57PM by juliaanna

Mterkelsen,  You are the last of the November ladies (I'm not discounting our ladies carrying over into December) so I am wishing you the best with an easy surgery and boring recovery. 

It makes my heart glad to see the upbeat posts today.  Even Banksy, with your mommentary detour in recovery, sound okay.  Jenjenl, don't give up-things will get better.

LeeA- how about a milkshake in Hawaii?

Peaceful dreams to all.

"Just live your life so that every morning, when you plant your feet on the floor beside your bed, the devil gets a cold chill and says, 'Oh CRAP' She's awake.'" Original diagnosis 2/7/12-mucinous carcinoma.

Dx 2/7/2012, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 4/5/2012, ILC, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 4/5/2012, DCISDx 4/5/2012, IDCSurgery 04/05/2012 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Surgery 06/01/2012 Mastectomy (Left); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both)Hormonal Therapy 07/04/2012 ArimidexSurgery 11/16/2012 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)Surgery 07/26/2013 Reconstruction: Nipple reconstruction (Both)
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Nov 29, 2012 11:53PM, edited Nov 29, 2012 11:54PM by InspiredbyDolce

JenJenl:

I had my BMX on 1/4 of this year and I still don't have feeling in my armpits, back of shoulder up high and arms up high.  I don't know if it ever comes back.  It's totally crazy trying to shave my armpits, as I don't know what is happening there. I can't feel anything, and I can't get the shaver in the pit area now.  Before I was an size AA and it was not a problem.  But now that I'm a size B, it's created this cavity and I can't get the shaver in there.  I kind of do this sideways thing when I shave.  I really don't think I accomplish much when I shave my underarms.  :)

I was really active during my recovery, even vacuuming when they told me not to.  Now, I'm working out my arms to see if it will come back, and I do think it is helping some.  I have noticed the numbness subsided a lot once I hit about the 6-7 month mark, and it seems to be improving, but I'm not totally convinced it will return to how it was before.

After breast cancer, it's Plan B (as follows): Low-fat, low sugar, fish, veggies, whole grains, fruits, water, green tea; 8 hours vigorous exercise weekly; and Metformin. If you would like info about Metformin to discuss with your Onc, please PM me.

Dx 12/27/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-Surgery 01/04/2012 Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both)Chemotherapy 02/02/2012 Cytoxan, TaxotereSurgery 05/30/2012 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)
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Nov 30, 2012 12:02AM Nicole503 wrote:

Bansky -  I also found relief from ice packs.  Hope that getting your second set of drains out gave you even more relief.  My experience was that I was feeling pretty good 2 weeks post surgery and returned to work (1/2 time).  By this afternoon, I felt my pain was increasing instead of decreasing.  Cry  I have a desk job and I think that holding my arms up to use my keyboard was causing more stresss to my arms/armpits than I had considered.  I'm off tomorrow and planning to really rest deeply this weekend.  

I'm getting fitted at Norstrom for a set of "falsies" (ie. prosthetics) to give me the option of breastfulness over the next 6 - 12 months.  My surgeon talked to me for a long time about the basic model, mid range, and cadillac.  My durable medical equipment coverage will completely cover the mid range.  I'm curious what the collective experience of the women in this group is with prosthetics???

I meet with the medical oncologist tomorrow to learn what my chemo score is and make decisions about both chemo and hormone therapy.  I'm a little nervous about the possibility of chemo, but will do whatever needs to be done to make sure I can raise my girls into adulthood.

Mterkelsen -- good luck tomorrow.  Wishing you manageable anxiety before your BMX and good pain meds with little/no nausea afterwards!!!  I took my time in unwrapping the "new me" and was glad I let myself have the time to do it gradually.  You will likely be wrapped in an ace bandage immediately after surgery.  I left mine on for 4 days and just did sponge baths.  By the time I "unwrapped" I was emotionally ready.  My surgeon covered the wound with steristrips covered by a foam strip and tegaderm clear plastic bandage.  So when I unwrapped, I did not have to confront my scars directly but rather a very clean strip of tegaderm & bandage. I could shower like this and did not remove the tegaderm until 10 days post surgery.  My skin was a little grumpy from being bandaged so long, but my spirit was ready and I was able to accept the scars by the time I actually saw them.  Everyone's journey is different, but I encourage you to take the time you need to look at your scars.

Dx 10/31/2012, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIa, Grade 1, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-Surgery 11/13/2012 Mastectomy (Both); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Both)Chemotherapy 12/27/2012 Adriamycin, CytoxanChemotherapy 02/21/2013 TaxolHormonal Therapy 04/25/2013 Tamoxifen
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Nov 30, 2012 08:48AM paula5 wrote:

I had lumpectomy with sentinel node dissection in 11/20.   I am having a re excision on 12/4 to get more margins.    Chemo and radiation are in the future. 

any info on "beginning' chemo or chemo 101 for those who began already?   I am looking for the patient point of view, not the medication details.   Thanks!

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Nov 30, 2012 09:11AM dessert1st wrote:

Nicole, wow you are back to work Already!
I have worked home during recovery and after one long day on computer foob and arm hurt. Was at PS the next day for fill, sh said need PT and will need to wear sleeve to type. Oh joy. going to PT appt today.

Dx 9/17/2012, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-Dx 1/6/2014Surgery 11/01/2012 Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Right)Surgery 05/16/2013 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Right)Surgery 02/13/2014 Prophylactic Mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Left)
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Nov 30, 2012 09:46AM DeeDee08 wrote:

Well my surgery went better than than I even thought about. The plastic surgeon was able to put in the silicone implants instead of tissue expanders, so no TE or fills. Still very sore and do not like the way I feel with pain medicine but the medicine does keep the pain down. Only the sentinel node was taken and preliminary report is clear. Grateful for all the advice on this website as I knew what to bring to the hospital and what to expect.
Next up is ultrasound of liver to evaluate small lesion on the 6th. Will meet my oncologist on the 21st of December for the first time. Oh yah, my pathology report should be back in time for my general surgeon post op on the 4th. Good luck to all.

Dx 10/2012, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIb, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 11/28/2012 Mastectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)
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Nov 30, 2012 12:14PM LisaB58 wrote:

It's been one week since my mastectomy and I'm feeling pretty good.  A little tired and sore, but much better than expected.  One of the two drains was removed and I met my oncologist yesterday.  Just a few more tests next week, PET Scan and Brain MRI, to see what's really going on in this body of mine...24 of 31 nodes were positive.  Let's hope for clean tests, the bone scan was good, and focus on getting the chemo started next month.  I see a lot of great progress going on with everyone...a day at a time...that still seems to be the best advice! 

Dx 11/8/2012, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IIIc, Grade 3, 24/31 nodes, ER+, HER2-Surgery 11/23/2012 Mastectomy (Right)Chemotherapy 12/20/2012 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, Taxol

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