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Topic: Depression after mastectomy

Forum: Caring for Someone with Breast cancer —

A place to share your struggles and concerns about supporting and caring for a person you love diagnosed with breast cancer with others who understand.

Posted on: Aug 3, 2018 02:49PM

maiasequoia wrote:

My Sister is severely depressed and I am worried about her. She has covered up the mirrors and cries all of the time. I understand she may be grieving but what can I do to help

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Aug 3, 2018 04:20PM Denise-G wrote:

maiasequoia - did your sister just have the mastectomy? I covered my mirrors as well until I could face it.

Actually, it was a very good coping tool. Grieving the loss of a breast or breasts takes time.

When I had my mastectomy, no one wanted to allow me to grieve. I would get calls that I couldn't just sit

at home recovering, get out and do something. People meant well, but I just wanted to be alone and

gather strength for all that was facing me.

If she had the mastectomy quite some time ago, that is another story. my BC Blog with over 200 informative posts about all aspects of BC - stop by! Myself, my mom, and sister were all diagnosed with BC within 3 years. What a ride! Dx 10/10/2011, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 9/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 11/22/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 12/26/2011 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 2/27/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 10/10/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 3, 2018 04:53PM Shellsatthebeach wrote:

It's part of the grieving process. In time, of she is still feeling depressed she may want to seek a therapist.

Dx 3/2017, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, ER+, HER2- Surgery 8/28/2017 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Left Dx 9/15/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 6/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 9/24/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 10/17/2017 Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxotere) Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab)
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Aug 3, 2018 05:31PM Racy wrote:

I am sorry for your sister's pain. The best things you can do for her are to be available, listen when she wants to talk and show small kindnesses that she would appreciate.

Dx 2010, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 3, 2018 05:36PM rachelcarter35 wrote:

I found a support group helpful. Rubbing elbows with survivor/warriors is a must.

Dx 2/21/2018, DCIS/IDC, Both breasts, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 4/24/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction, Nipple tattoo, Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction, Nipple tattoo, Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 6/15/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Targeted Therapy Chemotherapy
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Aug 3, 2018 05:56PM Amica wrote:

The grieving is natural.

But in response to your query "what can I do to help?", I'm only speaking for myself here, but after my modified mastectomy what I appreciated most was someone to come over and help with practical tasks, help me clean the house, or carry out the garbage etc, tasks that I found painful afterwards.

1998 Stage 2 IDC,1/16 nodes, ER/PR +, HER2-,Gr 3,finished tx 2010--Stage IV dx Aug 2018 sub-pectoral lymph nodes, Ibrance/Letrozle/Prolia. Dec/19 Mets Liver, Tamoxifen until Mar/20 mets progression, now on Faslodex only
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Aug 3, 2018 07:59PM farmerlucy wrote:

I think a visit to her PCP is in order. He/she has seen this before and beside a bit of counseling he/she can suggest meds that can help. It tough to crawl out of the hole on onesown.

Dx at 51 after a preventive mx that wasn't. Oncotype dx 3. 3D tattoos from Vinnie! PTSD?? You are not alone! Surgery 2/21/2012 Prophylactic mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 2/24/2012, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 3/11/2012 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 7/22/2012 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 4/10/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 4/14/2015 Prophylactic ovary removal

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