Emotionally and mentally accepting mastectomy
Hi. Looking for some support and suggestions on accepting getting a mastectomy. I was recently diagnosed with DCIS after a biopsy. The plan at that point was lumpectomy and radiation. I had an MRI and received the results today. The MRI indicated a much larger area of DCIS (mammogram indicated 5cm; MRI indicated 14.5 x 4.1 x 6.9 cm). The treatment plan has moved from a lumpectomy to a mastectomy as of today. I am feeling pretty shocked and trying to move towards acceptance. It feels particularly difficult to be told that I have Stage 0 and then to be told I need a mastectomy. I have started reading about how to prepare for a mastectomy (including what to buy, preparing my home, getting support, etc). I am hoping to hear from some folks about how you prepared mentally and emotionally? I am working on accepting this and would love any ideas about things that you did, things you read, or other suggestions that were helpful in accepting this pathway forward. I am really grateful to get treatment and surgery now and I am also noticing a lot of grief.