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Apr 12, 2010 12:52PM
I'm still working on the strength in my arms, I had all my lymph nodes removed so I've been fighting this since my BMX in Jan '09, but I worked on weight training before recon to get my strength up. I am quite active in the garden with lots of shoveling, raking etc, haven't noticed any problems in those areas, but I know I have lost alot of upper body strength, but I don't think it's all because of the lat dorsi flaps. But all Drs are sure that I can reclaim that strength, it just takes some work!
No problem with my back, I have two little bumps at the bottoms of the scars, but PS says they should go away, but if not, he will deal with them when we do the exchange surgery. My scars are thin red lines at this point. PS asked if I wanted them to be hidden under a bra, I told him to do it which ever way would give the best end result on the front, said my days of backless evening gowns were gone!
10/2008, IDC, Both breasts, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/9 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
1/8/2009 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Left, Right
7/5/2009 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
9/6/2009 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
5/14/2014, IDC, Both breasts, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, 9/20 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
5/19/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)