Mar 15, 2019 08:10AM Fritzmylove wrote:
I have the CHEK2 mutation and elected to do a bilateral mastectomy because of the risk of a second breast cancer diagnosis. I don’t think the mutation has any effect on whether a cancer is more or less likely to spread. The mutation creates the cancer cells. It has no effect on how the cells then grow and spread.
You honestly don’t need all that much after surgery. A wedge pillow is great to have, and they sell them at Walmart for like $20. You don’t need a shirt with drain pockets. Most of the time I had my drains safety pinned to my surgical bra, and then put socks over the bulbs so the plastic didn’t touch my skin. If you feel like you need something else, go to Home Depot and get a cheap canvas tool belt that has 2 pockets you can wear around your waist. All those things you see on Etsy for after surgery are pretty, but unnecessary. As long as you have shirts that button or zip in front, you should be fine for the 2 weeks you’ll have drains and not able to move much.
Lean on the support you do have. Try to focus on yourself during this time, as difficult as it may be. You’re in the hardest time of a cancer diagnosis. One step at a time. ((Hugs))