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Apr 17, 2021 10:17PM
Hi, Annake. I had bilateral breast cancer, diagnosed in late 2016 when I was 58. After five months of chemo, I had a double mastectomy with immediate DIEP flap reconstruction.
I won't lie. It's a big surgery, with at least a four to five day stay in the hospital. But it is totally and completely worth it. I highly recommend it to anyone who qualifies. You go to sleep with warm, natural feeling breasts and ten to twelve hours later you wake up with warm, natural feeling breasts.
As far as being a single mom, do you have an adult who can stay with you the couple of nights? Those were the hardest for me. After that, I was completely self sufficient. Heck, I was dancing in high heels at five weeks out. I would imagine you're much younger than I was, and will probably heal pretty quickly.
With so many food and grocery delivery options, you should be okay for food. And at seven, your little one is the perfect age to be a big help to you.
Biggest piece of advice I can give you is to make sure you have a highly qualified microsurgeon/s to do your surgery. It will make a HUGE difference in your outcome.
Only other advice would be to build up your thigh muscles as much as possible. They will be your go to muscles for everything from using the bathroom to getting up off the sofa. Can't stress that one enough.
Please PM me if you have further questions about the process, or recovery.
8/30/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
8/30/2016, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
9/6/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
9/28/2016 AC + T (Taxol)
4/4/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
8/5/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine)