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Posted on: Oct 13, 2013 11:49PM

ClaudiaPotter wrote:

Is it wrong to want to try a look "normal" again? Had a right side mastectomy year and a half ago. Been thinking more and more about reconstruction, I'm 58 is that weird? Anyone else have recon after that long? Anyone in OR.?

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Oct 14, 2013 12:48AM juliaanna wrote:

Claudia,

I had reconstruction last year when I had my BMX. If you want it, do it. Age does not matter and yes, I am close to your age.

Go, Beavers!

"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- Surgery 4/4/2012 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Dx 4/5/2012, DCIS Dx 4/5/2012, IDC Dx 4/5/2012, ILC, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/31/2012 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 11/15/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 7/25/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
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Oct 14, 2013 02:30AM exbrnxgrl wrote:

Claudia,

I had reconstruction two years ago at 55. My was immediate, not delayed, because I knew I would handle things a lot better if I woke up from surgery with "breasts". I never gave a thought to my age. If that's what you want, see a ps and check out all of your options.

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole)
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Oct 14, 2013 03:29PM ClaudiaPotter wrote:

Thanks for the encouragement . I have seen 2 ps kinda disappointed with both, one here in Eugene and one in Portland. Not sure where to turn next. I never thought it would bother me so much, I mean it's just a "boob" right? If it was your finger or whatever and it was going to kill you you would want it off, and then you would live with it, but this is so much harder.

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Oct 14, 2013 04:34PM Moonflwr912 wrote:

Claudia, I am 59. I am having my 3rd try at reconstructing my left side. My right was stuck half way since 12-11 after my BMX. I lost my left TE due to infection 2 times. Now in August I got my 3rd one. I am having fills and plan my exchange in Dec. I have gotten comments about being vain and risking my life for "just" a boob. What they dont know is I need Bilateral knee replacements AND THEY WONT TOUCH ME NOW. Unless I can prove that my body will hold an implant. As the ortho said " you can pull out a breast implant without too many problems. But pulling out a knee replacement leaves you with what?" Yikes. So ill keep trying! LOL

Now, why would you not get one for a good reason? Your reason is JUST as valid to you as mine is to me. To h*ll with anyone else. You are in charge of you. And if actresses can get face lifts, boob jobs, tummy tucks when they are over 60, why cant you REPAIR a part of your body that makes you feel like you?

Um you do know they have penile implants and tessticular replacements for men, right?(and like who's even gonna look down there, its not like they are right up front on their chest now is it?) And there is no age limit on those.....

So do what works for you and makes you feel right. Sorry if I yelled.

Much love.

Sometimes life SUCKS! Sometimes it doesn't. I prefer when it doesn't! If you're ever bored, read my biography. Bring snacks..... LOL Monica Dx 11/11/2011, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Dx 12/8/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 12/8/2011 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 1/17/2012 Reconstruction (left) Targeted Therapy 2/16/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/16/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 8/13/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 8/20/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 9/10/2012 Reconstruction (left) Surgery 8/14/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/4/2013 Reconstruction (left) Surgery 12/13/2013 Reconstruction (left): Saline implant; Reconstruction (right): Saline implant
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Oct 14, 2013 05:01PM juliaanna wrote:

Claudia, I sent you a PM.

"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- Surgery 4/4/2012 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Dx 4/5/2012, DCIS Dx 4/5/2012, IDC Dx 4/5/2012, ILC, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/31/2012 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 11/15/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 7/25/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
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Oct 14, 2013 05:13PM jbdayton wrote:

I am almost 57 and I will be doing DIEP reconstruction in about 10 months. Have to finish rads and then wait about 9 months. I did not even have to decide if; just when. We have a whole lot of years left to live (positive thoughts) and feel as normal as possible. Go for it. The women's health act passed by congress says if insurance approved your mastectomy then they have to cover reconstruction and any related treatments needed. This is considered to be part of your psychological healing.

Jeannine. My bi-lateral DIEP turned into a single DIEP due to bad veins. Next was a Ruben's flap. Wound opened requiring a wound vac. 6 revisions using fat grafting and scar revisions; completed nipples and tattoos. Dx 2/4/2013, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 3/12/2013 TAC Dx 8/26/2013, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1 Surgery 8/26/2013 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 10/9/2013 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 14, 2013 05:25PM Obxflygirl1 wrote:

I'm 61 and had reconstruction after my MX September '12. Never thought about NOT doing it. You deserve to be whole....inside AND out. Have to say I'm beyond happy I did it. After getting tattoos to finish everything , I no longer see an incomplete body in the mirror. Reconstruction has been key in my healing process, emotionally and physically.... It's a gift to yourself....

Exchange Jan. 2013; CV Flaps Nips....April. 2013.. Vinnie....Sept. 2013 Dx 8/14/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/20/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 10/9/2012 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Oct 14, 2013 06:31PM momof2doxies wrote:

Claudia I sent you a PM

Oncotype Dx = 19, BRCA1 and 2 Negative, second primary tumor Oncotype Dx=42 Surgery 10/14/2012 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Dx 10/15/2012, DCIS, 4cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 10/15/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 12/4/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane) Radiation Therapy 12/9/2012 Breast Surgery 10/22/2013 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 10/23/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 11/24/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/25/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 8/25/2014 Reconstruction (right)
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Oct 14, 2013 07:07PM babs6287 wrote:

I'm 64 and had recon the end of August. We all need to feel good about ourselves- we deserve that especially after everything we've been through!

Babs

Dx 8/17/2012, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 16/26 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/23/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 9/20/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 1/20/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 3/21/2013 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 8/28/2013 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 10/29/2013 Reconstruction (left) Surgery 1/27/2014 Reconstruction (left) Surgery 5/17/2014 Reconstruction (left) Surgery 10/16/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 1/2015, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to other, Grade 2, 16/26 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 2/16/2015 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 3/13/2015 Ibrance (palbociclib) Dx 10/1/2015, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, Grade 2, 16/26 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy 10/23/2015 Chemotherapy 12/31/2015 Xeloda (capecitabine) Chemotherapy 10/6/2016 CMF Chemotherapy 12/9/2016 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 4/26/2017 Gemzar (gemcitabine) Chemotherapy 6/21/2017 Halaven (eribulin) Targeted Therapy 8/9/2017
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Oct 27, 2013 02:48PM beck0806 wrote:

I'm 67 and just scheduled a diep for Jan. 2014. Now I'm having second thoughts about it. Maybe I'm too old. Maybe I'll have complications. It's been 2 1/2 years since my surgery. I did want to have skin sparing implants but the docs couldn't get together for 6 more weeks and I was afraid to wait. I wouldn't have a problem if I could have implants but I can't. This seems like such a big surgery. I really don't like looking at myself anymore. My scars are really bad. Is there anyone else that has had a diep at my age?

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Dx 1/2011, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/4 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 3/23/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 6/5/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Oct 27, 2013 10:39PM dlb823 wrote:

Claudia, you're absolutely not too old, but be sure to find a Plastic Surgeon who specializes in breast reconstruction -- not one whose primary focus is breast enhancement. I strongly recommend NCI-designated cancer centers for finding these types of PSs. Here's a list: http://www.cancer.gov/researchandfunding/extramural/cancercenters/find-a-cancer-center

Another top notch facility is NOLA. You can do a search here for threads devoted to NOLA experiences. I personally went to UCLA and can't say enough wonderful things about my PS there, if you need to look beyond OR.

beck0806 ~ Same advice re. just being sure your PS is a very experienced DIEP surgeon. I had a Diep along with my mx, and from what I've seen here on BCO since then, I do think it's often easier when it's a delayed surgery, as yours will be. Feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions. (((Hugs))) to you both ~ Deanna

Deanna "The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears" Native American proverb Dx 2/1/2008, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/3/2014, Stage IV
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Oct 29, 2013 02:10PM JimmieBell wrote:

I will be 56 in May. When I had my mastectomy in Jan we did not know I was stage IV.

My plastic surgeon promised to finish the job she started and replace my expanders when chemo is done and I am stable. They did such a great job of saving my nipples and extra skin, it would be a shame not to complete the DIEP.

It's one of the things my husband and I look forward to. He deserves it as much as I do!

Dx 2008, LCIS, Stage 0, 0/0 nodes Dx 12/2012, ILC, 2cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/10/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 4/17/2013, ILC, 3cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy 4/26/2013 Avastin (bevacizumab) Chemotherapy 4/26/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 3/1/2014 Afinitor (everolimus)
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Apr 26, 2014 07:44PM Heather_Allison wrote:

It doesn't matter the number years you have been alive. What matters is are you happy.

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Jul 15, 2017 10:58AM InChristAlone wrote:

I had a double mastectomy on June 17, 2016. Due to seromas, my reconstruction was delayed. My first phase on the right side was LDF and it was not too bad. My incisions on my back healed great, actually all my incisions have healed beautifully. My issue at this time is continuing drainage. It is a free flow drainage and I had a staph infection a couple of weeks ago, but on a month of antibiotics. I feel much better and my plastic surgeon has scheduled my surgery on the left for August 11,2017. I dread it due to the drainage issue. Once all the healing has occurred we will do tattooing for nipple and areola. Then I should be done. I just feel now like this drainage is never going to end.

Dx 5/2016, Paget's, Right, Stage IB

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