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May 2024 Surgery Support Thread

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Please gather here to get and give support. Feel free to share your type of surgery, date, and let us know how you're preparing and how you're doing post-surgery. We're all here for you!

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  • lynn_2024
    lynn_2024 Member Posts: 6
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    I am scheduled to have left breast mastectomy this Friday. Five years ago I had a lumpectomy on my left side after being diagnosed with DCIS grade3. I chose to not follow up with radiation or take Tamoxifen even though both were recommended. This time the biopsy showed DCIS grade 3 but without hormone receptors then the MRI lit up with 2 other masses that didn’t show up on mammogram or ultrasound so my surgeon recommended mastectomy with sentinel node removal. I am 53 years old and single. Living with my 81 year old mom to help her as she ages. Well, now she will be helping me through this recovery. I’m scared. Trying to be strong but worried about the recovery pain and eventually going back to work. I’m a dental hygienist which involves a lot of twisting and bending in a fast paced environment. Not having reconstruction done so prosthesis will be made. I’m rather large breasted and wonder how it will feel and look? Thanks for listening and all your advice on these posts.

  • keepmovin
    keepmovin Member Posts: 25
    edited June 9
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    I am scheduled for a bilateral mastectomy on May 28th. This is my second go-around with breast cancer. First time was in 2018 when I was diagnosed with IDC, Stage 1A, triple positive. At the time I opted for a lumpectomy, followed by radiation, chemo, targeted therapy, and oral therapy. This time around it’s a new, primary cancer on the opposite side. It’s DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER and PR Positive. Given this history I am opting for the double mastectomy, and I am thankful to be a candidate for direct implant immediately following the mastectomy. The two surgeons have worked together for years, and I am very hopeful and positive that all will go well. The worst part has been waiting for the surgery date. I just got the call today so I’m very relieved to know that things will be moving forward.

  • lynn_2024
    lynn_2024 Member Posts: 6
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    Had left mastectomy done yesterday. I think the most uncomfortable part were the 4 isotope injections around the nipple so they could track the sentinel lymph nodes. Doing ok today. Keeping up Tylenol and Oxycodone as well as ice. Supper tired and itchy. Sore throat.

  • lynn_2024
    lynn_2024 Member Posts: 6
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    Keep Moving, praying for you today!