July, 2022 Surgery- Tips, Words of Wisdom, Others Scheduled?
New to this site, and I'm already feeling much less lonely reading all of your posts.
39 y/o, scheduled for bilateral mastectomy on July 6, nipple/skin sparing with expander placement. I am absolutely stricken with fear for the surgery and anxiety about the pain. I heard that the drains are very painful, and I can't seem to stop thinking about that.
For those of you who have been through this, any words of wisdom, encouragement, tips, or quotes/mantras you relied on would be SO welcomed.
Also, if anyone else has an upcoming surgery scheduled, I'd love to hear how you are coping. Taking morning walks, visiting the beach, mindfulness/gratitude, and adjusting my diet have helped me to have something to focus on that are in my control. Feeling like I'm setting my body and mind up the best I can for this has been empowering. I know I/we will get through this... it's the 'getting through it' part that's tripping me up!