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Jun 15, 2012 08:52AM
Just got back from town, Im checking in.
Hi kt, no I didnt have to go private. I had Prophy 11 months after the cancer side, which was almost 3 years ago. I'd tried various things, like the prosthesis, which did weigh a lot and I found the bras just dig into my shoulder which was REALLY aggravating. Also I didnt like the deep itching and stuff going on deep within my shoulder from the surgery and bras digging in making it worse. Even now my shoulder is still partially numb along with areas under arm and with some woman this can continue for the rest of our lives. Then I starting feeling lumpiness going on in my 'good' side and I thought blow this. I really dont want to do mammograms again and again, I dont want the back ache and the constant dramas. After weighing it all up I dont have one bit of regret. Just remember with cancer, every choice you have to make is ALWAYS without fail, the lesser of 2 evils, doesnt matter what you do.
I think every woman should be given the right to to make her own decision about this. The only caution I would give is that as long as she thinks it through very carefully. Once its gone its gone. So the things I took into account was how my hubby felt, how old Iam, how big I am, how much drama its going to cause if I do keep it, including but not limited to the chance of a new primary. Going from memory ( I might be wrong) I dont think you get mets in opposite side. Also your staging and what other measures (treatments) youve taken all come into it. Indeed you can see why its very much a personal decision with all the variables.
All that said, when I did my thinking and made my decision, I put it to my surgeon. When I did, I was very definite in what I wanted and there was absolutely NO wavering. I showed him my note book describing the pros and cons. Now, all this aside, I know a lot can change just in a matter of a couple of years. It could be in your situ that they have too much of a waiting list I dont know. It would be interesting to find out thats for sure. So, if youve really thought this through, and decided its right for you, then I would press my case. Anyway, who is it thats telling you "you dont need to do this" how do they know?
I was the same kt, in that I had a mammo around 1 month before I found my lump which was extremely deep and more to the center of my chest. It didnt show on Mamm.
The good part for me is I've always liked to sometimes lie on my tummy and its no probs now whereas B4 it would hurt. I just love the fact I dont have the same weight to carry around. Its quite an 'adventure' discovering what are good options for foobies and what suits you. It can be quite a challenge for some woman, again, every ones different, so this needs thought as well. If you are ther type that is really particular about how they feel and look, then that adventure has a few more challenges. Theres a great forum that deals with all this and theres heaps of choices and ideas. I think this is the one below.
Living Without Reconstruction After a Mastectomy
Hey is that a goat in your pik with the horse. We really like goats, they are sooooo so naughty but have personality plus. Had one for years and talk about get some laughs!
Hi midnite, Yes it is good to see all the info here, and theres much that is very interesting from a research point of view, that is significant for everybody. On the other hand, just like other countries have their own 'flavour' I reckon that us girls and guys downunder have our own unique flavour as well. Things like language nuances and suchlike. Ive found it quite challenging sometimes to 'get' what some girls are talking about because of these differences. As such, I find our own area is a good thing.
Psa 119:105 NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (KJV)