Topic: TE TROUBLE

Forum: Breast Reconstruction — Talk with others facing decisions about whether or not to have breast reconstruction, and if so, what type and when.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2011 11:00AM - edited Feb 5, 2020 01:58PM by Rennasus

Posted on: Jul 16, 2011 11:00AM - edited Feb 5, 2020 01:58PM by Rennasus

Rennasus wrote:

I've been inducted into yet another "club" — the TE TROUBLE CLUB — and wanted to start a thread specifically for all of us out there dealing with tissue expander problems. There are many of us out there who develop complications with our tissue expanders, including (but not limited to) the following: necrosis; infection; cellulitis; swelling; lymphedema; redness; rash; rejection; delayed healing; pin holes; sebum leakage; expander leakage ... oh, the list goes on! There are many compassionate women on this thread who have dealt with all of this — and more. (Just look at the surgery list below!) Whatever your troubles with your tissue expander(s), we'd love to hear from you. Ladies who had TE Trouble and are on the other side of reconstruction are also encouraged to share your stories ... it helps everyone to know we will get there one day! UPDATE: As I write this (FEB 2020), it's been 9 years since I started this journey. Hard to believe! If I hadn't blogged about my experience, I would have forgotten most of the details of what I went through. So let that be hope for anyone going through this: As time goes by, you will forget. (Kinda like childbirth!) You can read my BC story here: https://thebigcandme.blogspot.com/2011/04/joining-cancer-club.html

*********** TE TROUBLE MEMBER SURGERIES IN 2011 ************

  • JULY 6, 2011: Rennasus: (right TE removed due to delayed incision healing)
  • AUG. 11, 2011: MondaysChild: (both TE's removed & replaced)
  • NOV. 4, 2011: Fluffqueen01: (exchange to squishies)
  • NOV. 10, 2011: MondaysChild: (exchange to squishies)
  • NOV. 11, 2011: MTnester (left TE removed, new one put in)
  • NOV. 14, 2011: Chickadee521 (exchange to squishies)
  • NOV. 30, 2011: Momof3infla (right TE put back in)
  • DEC. 1, 2011: Rennasus (right TE put back in after 5 months being out)
  • DEC. 20, 2011: Tatina123 (right TE put back in)
  • DEC. 22, 2011: Katarina (exchange to squishies)
  • DEC. 23, 2011: JBennett38 (exchange to squishies)

*********** TE TROUBLE MEMBER SURGERIES IN 2012 ************

  • JAN. 6, 2012: Survivor11 (left TE put back in)
  • JAN. 6, 2012: Sundermom (TE put back in)
  • JAN. 7, 2012: Debbiey (right TE put back in)
  • JAN. 17, 2012: DM13 (TE removed due to necrosis)
  • JAN. 2012: Moonflwr912: (left TE removed due to infection)
  • JAN. 25, 2012: Krystalrose (right TE removed due to infection)
  • JAN. 27, 2012: Beebop (both TEs removed due to infection)
  • FEB. 2, 2012: MarcyK (left TE replaced)
  • FEB. 3, 2012: MRochon (Salpingo-oophorectomy)
  • FEB. 7, 2012: Mich_M (exchange to squishies)
  • FEB. 7, 2012: MTnester (exchange to squishies)
  • FEB. 9, 2012: Olgah34 (Left TE being exchanged due to leakage)
  • FEB. 14, 2012: DLL66: (adjustable saline implant put in)
  • FEB. 24, 2012: SpecialK (exchange to squishies)
  • FEB. 27, 2012: Chickadee521 (revision to lefty & fat grafting)
  • MAR. 1, 2012: MKW1 (left TE put back in)
  • MAR. 20, 2012: Evebarry (exchange to squishies)
  • MAR. 21, 2012: Olgah34 (Left TE removed due to infection)
  • MAR. 30, 2012: fluffqueen01 (nips, lipo, fat grafting)
  • APR. 17, 2012: DM13 (right TE put back in)
  • APR. 23, 2012: Psalms91 (right TE put back in; hysterectomy)
  • APR. 23, 2012: JBennett38 (tattoos)
  • APR. 24, 2012: Greenmonkey (both TE's replaced)
  • APR. 26, 2012: Sundermom (exchange to squishies & fat grafting)
  • MAY 8, 2012: Bonseye (Left TE exchanged to squishy; right TRAM)
  • MAY 12, 2012: Survivor11 (exchange to squishies)
  • MAY 15, 2012: 1Curlyfry (new TE being put back in)
  • MAY 16, 2012: Momof3infla (exchange to squishies)
  • MAY 23, 2012: Erika8 (implant and reduction)
  • MAY 23, 2012: GreenMonkey (left TE being replaced)
  • MAY 29, 2012: Tatina123 (exchange to squishies & fat grafting)
  • JUNE 4, 2012: MTnester (revision surgery: out with the silicone, in with the saline)
  • JUNE 5, 2012: 1Curlyfry (new TE taken out due to staph infection again)
  • JULY 2, 2012: Orange73 (right TE removed)
  • JULY 3, 2012: BCAvenger (complete revision surgery, including new TEs)
  • JULY 6, 2012: Roadwarrior28 (left TE removed)
  • JULY 9, 2012: Orange73 (left TE removed)
  • JULY 12, 2012: LisaMarie68 (exchange to squishies)
  • JULY 17, 2012: Chickadee521 (nips)
  • JULY 17, 2012: Binc (right TE removed due to infection)
  • JULY 19, 2012: GreenMonkey (exchange to squishies)
  • AUG. 7, 2012: DLL66 (exchanging saline for silcone)
  • AUG. 12, 2012: Survivor11 (nips)
  • AUG. 14, 2012: Moonflwr912 (left TE replaced)
  • AUG. 22, 2012: Blessings2011 (exchange to squishies)
  • AUG. 24, 2012: CMartin (exchange to squishies)
  • AUG. 27, 2012: jill47 (bilateral incision repair)
  • AUG. 30, 2012: Layla2525 (exchange to squishies)
  • AUG. 30, 2012: Katarina (right implant removed due to delayed healing)
  • SEPT. 4, 2012: Dunesleeper (exchange to squishies)
  • SEPT. 5, 2012: Rennasus (exchange to squishies)
  • SEPT. 5, 2012: ShaeG45 (exchange to squishies)
  • SEPT. 6, 2012: Mkw1 (exchange to squishies)
  • SEPT. 7, 2012: BCavenger (exchange to squishy on right side due to leaky TE)
  • SEPT. 10, 2012: Moonflwr912 (left TE removed due to infection)
  • SEPT. 10, 2012: GreenEyes57 (exchange to squishies)
  • SEPT. 11, 2012: Rosetx (exchange to squishies)
  • SEPT. 21, 2012: FluffQueen01 (final fat grafting)
  • SEPT. 24, 2012: GreenMonkey (redoing implants with Alloderm)
  • OCT. 18, 2012: DigitalCowgirl (exchange to squishies)
  • OCT. 18, 2012: Tatina123 (tattoo consult with Vinnie)
  • OCT. 25, 2012: LynMichel (exchange to squishies)
  • NOV. 8, 2012: LynMichel (staph infection; implant removed)
  • NOV. 12, 2012: Survivor11 (tattoos)
  • NOV. 14, 2012: Redninrah (TE replaced in May, removed in Nov; delayed healing)
  • NOV. 27, 2012: akrazykat (both TEs removed due to infection)
  • DEC. 5, 2012: chrisrenee77 (exchange to squishies)
  • DEC. 6, 2012: Momof3infla (nips)
  • DEC. 6, 2012: Momof3infla (nips)
  • DEC. 7, 2012: Bonseye (tattoos)
  • DEC. 7, 2012: DLL66 (nips)
  • DEC. 7, 2012: LeeA (TE removed & replaced due to infection)
  • DEC. 12, 2012: tfee (exchange to squishies)
  • DEC. 13, 2012: GreenMonkey (fat grafting & tattoos)
  • DEC. 14, 2012: SpecialK (fat grafting)
  • DEC. 14, 2012: Chickadee52 (tattoos)

*********** TE TROUBLE MEMBER SURGERIES IN 2013 ************

  • JAN. 8, 2013: Binc (Right TE put back in)
  • JAN. 9, 2013: 1Curlyfry (TE put back in)
  • JAN. 11, 2013: RoadWarrior28 (left TE put back in)
  • JAN. 16, 2013: jill47 (exchange to squishies)
  • JAN. 22, 2013: Olgah34 (Left TE put back in with Latissimus Dorsi)
  • JAN. 30, 2013: DM13 (exchange to squishies)
  • FEB. 14, 2013: Beth1951 (exchange to squishies following TE infection)
  • APR 18, 2013: olgah34 (exchange to squishies)
  • MAY 1, 2013: 1Curlyfry (exchange to squishies)
  • MAY 24, 2013: SheChirple (DIEP!)
  • MAY 30, 2013: melmcbee (exchange to squishies)
  • JUN 5, 2013: patriciahurtado (TE removed)
  • JUN 6, 2013: not-me (exchange to squishies)
  • JUN 11, 2013: Kathymc (exchange to squishies)
  • JUN 14, 2013: psalms91 (exchange to squishies)
  • JUN 18, 2013: roadwarrior28 (exchange to squishies)
  • JUN 18, 2013: LeeA (both TEs replaced)
  • JUN 27, 2013: Mondayschild (right implant ruptured; both implants replaced)
  • JULY 8, 2013: Kathymc (right implant removed due to infection)
  • JULY 10, 2013: andrea623 (exchange to squishies)
  • JULY 24, 2013: SheaJ (exchange to squishies)
  • JULY 24, 2013: Lesley0417 (both TEs replaced due to infection)
  • AUG. 8, 2013: jnprsn (right TE removed due to seroma, fluid buildup at drain site & infection)
  • Aug 14, 2013: Momof3infla: (left side revision)
  • Aug 14, 2013: Moonflwr912: (left TE being put back in after being out a year due to infection)
  • Sept 4, 2013: Moonflwr912 (surgery to replace drain)
  • Sept 4, 2013: Michele2013 (exchange to squishies; had TE placed after radiation was completed)
  • Sept 4, 2013: Lesley0417 (back in hospital due to another infection)
  • Sept 5, 2013 Lucky777 (exchange, bilateral breast lifts and extensive pocket work)
  • Sept 10, 2013: Hotpinkmess (Cipro for pseudomonas; Lat Flap w/TE)
  • Sept 25, 2013: Mamasixtaz: (exchange to squishies)
  • Oct 18, 2013: Binc: (exchange to squishies following infection, TE removal and replacement)
  • Oct 25, 2013: purple87 (surgery to close wound after TE placement)
  • Nov 5, 2013: togetherness (exchange to squishes following cellulitis infection and fluid buildup)
  • Dec 3, 2013: goldie4040 (exchange to squishes after debridement and wound reclosure)
  • Dec 6, 2013: sandra4611 (exchange to squishes after infection)
  • Dec 6, 2013: Babs6287 (left TE removed due to rash/infection)
  • Dec 16, 2013: denise4603 (right TE removed due to excess fluid/infection)
  • Dec 18, 2013: Moonflwr912 (exchange to squishes after 2 yrs, multiple TEs and infection)
  • Dec 19, 2013: tangandchris (left TE removed due to necrosis & infection)
  • Dec 20, 2013: togetherness (implant removed due to fluid buildup, debrided and replaced)
  • Dec 31, 2013: Bobogirl (left TE removed due to infection)

*********** TE TROUBLE MEMBER SURGERIES IN 2014 ************

  • May 23, 2014: Galsal (implant being replaced due to car accident)
  • Jan 2, 2014: Purple87 (bilateral latimus dorsi flap after delayed healing following TE placement)
  • Jan 10, 2014: denise4603 (left TE removed due to excess fluid/infection)
  • Jan 14, 2013: togetherness (both implants removed due to rejection)
  • Jan 19, 2014: sherriR6379 (left TE removed due to excess fluid leakage)
  • Jan 22, 2014: denise4603 (received wound vac due to open wound healing)
  • Jan 27, 2014: tangandchris (both TEs removed due to infection)
  • Jan 31, 2014: Babs6287 (fat grafting on left side after TE removal in Dec 2013 due to rash/infection)
  • Feb 7, 2014: Purple87 (latimus dorsi flap incision infection; surgery to repair)
  • Feb 11, 2014: SchoolCounselor (left TE removed due to infection)
  • Mar 4, 2014: Naiviv (left TE removed due to infection)
  • Mar 5, 2014: Bobogirl (right TE removed due to infection)
  • Mar 7, 2014: SpecialK (revision: replacing dermal matrix bilaterally)
  • Mar 15, 2014: Purple87 (right TE removed due to fistula and delayed healing after LAT Flap)
  • Mar 19, 2014: jnprsn (TE replaced after removal following infection)
  • Mar 19, 2014: AnnieeC (TE re-do due to capsular contracture)
  • Mar 21, 2014: Lakegirl1 (hospitalized for staph infection; TE replaced; developed hives from hibiclens)
  • Apr 4, 2014: SpecialK (implant removed due to infection and healing issues; smaller implant placed)
  • Apr 9, 2014: SpecialK (implant removed)
  • Apr 16, 2014: theBCavenger (formerly DM13) (revision surgery: fat grafting and Alloderm)
  • Apr 21, 2014: Lissab (TE removed due to infection and excessive fluid output)
  • Apr 25, 2014: NJmomof3 (left TE removed, new one placed due to staph infection)
  • Mar 19, 2014: Purple87 (right TE put back in)
  • May 22, 2014: Babs6287 (fat grafting)
  • June 24, 2014: Galsal (left TE replaced; damaged in car accident)
  • June 25, 2014: SharonS (TE replaced...3rd time's the charm!)

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  • Diagnosis: 12/8/2010, IDC, 3cm, Stage 2A, Grade 1, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- History: BMX & TE 2/3/11; ONCOTYPE SCORE: 16. Three incision revisions (2/19/11, 3/28/11, 4/26/11); right TE removed (delayed healing) 7/6/11; right TE replaced 12/1/2011; exchange 9/5/12. Took Tamoxifen Mar 2011-Sep 2013; took Letrazole (Femara) Nov 2013-Apr 2016. In Feb 2016 I took the Breast Cancer Index (BCI) test which came back that I had a LOW risk of late recurrence between years 5-10 (my score: 1.8% risk) and a LOW likelihood of benefit from extended endocrine therapy. That's why I stopped hormonal treatment at the 5-year mark (April 2016). Photos of my healing issues are on my blog (thebigcandme.blogspot.com); search for "DELAYED HEALING" and "GIVING UP THE GHOST" posts. To read my BC journey from the beginning, start with my oldest blog post "Cancer Club" thebigcandme.blogspot.com/2011... then work your way backwards. :-)
BMX & TE 2/3/11; incision revisions 2/19/11, 3/28/11, 4/26/11; right TE removed 7/6/11; put back 12/1/11; exchange 9/5/12. Tamoxifen 3/2011-9/2013; Femara 11/2013-4/2016. BCI test 2/2016. Blogging at: thebigcandme.blogspot.com/ Dx 12/8/2010, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/3/2011 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 2/3/2011 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 2/19/2011 Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 3/24/2011 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 3/28/2011 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 4/26/2011 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 7/6/2011 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/1/2011 Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/5/2012 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 11/1/2013 Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 28, 2012 07:25PM Rennasus wrote:

Hi all! Busy thread, hard to keep up. Hi to all!

Psalms, safe travels, sorry about your grandmother.

Specialk: Sounds like the front yard from hell! I hope all those many men put it back just the way you want it! 

DM13: can you describe your incision healing problem a little more? Was the area sealed but then re-opened?

MTnester: Yes you deserve a 2nd opinion!

Olgah: You sound better! Hope this continues.

Evebarry: I'm sorry you are not happy with the implant. 2nd opinion for you too?

Alilou: How big is the hole you are talking about? Is it bigger or smaller than before your TE came out?

Greenmonkey: I added you to the surgery list.

Knock on wood, my pin hole continues to heal. My PS was absolutely shocked to see/hear this yesterday! He was literally speachless. Last time I saw him, 3 weeks ago, the pin hole was seepaing and he was scratching his head about what to do. He spoke to his colleague, they determined I would need a lat flap due to compromised healing. And then I showed him that it was healing. I posted updated pics on the forum. It's not 100% sealed yet, but it has never been this good looking in the 13 months I have been dealing with this! Yay for some good news! Hope that gives someone out there who also is frustrated and worried that they will never heal hope.

BMX & TE 2/3/11; incision revisions 2/19/11, 3/28/11, 4/26/11; right TE removed 7/6/11; put back 12/1/11; exchange 9/5/12. Tamoxifen 3/2011-9/2013; Femara 11/2013-4/2016. BCI test 2/2016. Blogging at: thebigcandme.blogspot.com/ Dx 12/8/2010, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/3/2011 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 2/3/2011 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 2/19/2011 Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 3/24/2011 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 3/28/2011 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 4/26/2011 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 7/6/2011 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/1/2011 Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/5/2012 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 11/1/2013 Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 28, 2012 08:47PM Layla2525 wrote:

Nope, the engagemnt chckn receipe I got was off the internet and you cover the chickn in lemon juice and put 2 lemons inside and cover it with parsley,rosemary & thyme (no sage was called for but guess you could put it I didnt) All I know is that it is delcish,simple,fast and healthy.

Nope Mrochon,I never got my uterus removed,just the nipples and breast tissue are missing,I still have the skin and a 2 in scar across the bottom of each boob. Got 2nd fill today,she agreed to slow down and only put in 70cc so that brings me to 350cc ttl and she says we go to 450 and stop if I want to. I wanna be a C cup but no idea how that will translate. What kind of pics would Whippet MOM need to estimate it? I am 5'4" and normally weight 140 but have gotten to 151 and gaining since they put me on AI and took my estrogen away I feel hungry all the time now. S
till have all my parts except the boobs. Sad feeling when I miss them but they tried to kill me so..

Thx MTnester...it was a lot better and I took the TyCo and flexeril and tonight I feel fine and all the pain meds have worn off since lunchtime when they did the fill not like last time,with 100cc I was out of work for 2 days!

bmx w/TE on 2/13/12,exchange to Mentor high profile 600cc gel implants on 08/30/12,07/01/2013,new Natrelle 45 gel,replaced Mentors due to capsule. Dx 12/19/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 28, 2012 11:24PM mkw1 wrote:

Rennasus: I am glad to hear the good news about your incision healing.

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper Dx 1/12/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 29, 2012 12:17AM specialk wrote:

ren - yay for the healing!  I am so happy!

layla - I am a petite girl and to get a full C cup I went to 650cc's.  Whippetmom has a list of criteria she needs - not photos - go to her thread called breast implant sizing 101 and follow the directions at the beginning.  You need your TE brand, style and dimensions, height, weight, ribcage measurement and what size you would like to be.  She was spot on in her recomendation for me and I asked her before I started fills - she is awesome. 

chick - no diet coke men in my yard, sadly...  But they are not done yet so I am hopeful.

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 16 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 2013-2018. Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+, IHC
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Mar 29, 2012 11:25AM theBCavenger wrote:

Ren - It was sealed, now it is opening. It also seems to be getting longer, moving away from the initial incision. I also feel something rough, poking out, like a stitch... skin around area is normal color, but texture is different from rest of boob. I have surgery in three weeks for the bad side, guess I will go in to see PS this next week.

SpecialK - I am curious about the men in your yard too! Had a laugh about plumber butt versus coke ad. Speaking of ads, pretty funny how every beer commercial depicts men loving beer and being in great shape... Most men I know that love beer all have the big overhang stomach. hahah - anyway, what a pain with your yard. Here you finally get your body put back together, and do you get a rest? No way, let's blow up your yard! No break for you and you so deserve it :) 

MRI Dx stage 3. 12/8/11 BMX, AND with TE - Lab put me at stage 1 - 2/1/12 Oncotype DX score 16, no chemo. 4/12 Stage 1 LE. Dx 11/8/2011, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/32 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/8/2011 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 1/17/2012 Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 2/1/2012 Surgery 4/17/2012 Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 1/30/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 2/6/2013 Reconstruction (left) Surgery 5/21/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 4/16/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Mar 29, 2012 12:19PM Lifeafter wrote:

Layla - Sory I thought you were the one who had the full hysterectomy.  I got the ok to exercise, no restrictions, 3 weeks after my BMX last July, as long as I didn't do anything that caused pain. I went back to my trainer then.  We only worked on stretching and range of motion for the first week and a half.  Then I got an infection, I'm told nothing I did to cause it.  I went back to my trainer two weeks after that surgery.  I worked out with him for a month but frankly I wasn't in it and I think at this time I was finally dealing with what had happened.  Right after that I had my TE replaced then of course the partial hysterectomy a couple months later so it just wasn't a good time to get back in.  My OB gave me the go ahead to exercise 3 weeks after my partial hysterectomy in February. The only restriction I have is from the PS and I'm not to lay on my chest. I can't ayway, to uncomfy. And because I hear conflicting reports on pushups, my trainer modifies that for me. I was feeling good and started back with my trainer.  I'm finally in a good place right now where I can focus on my physical health and exercise the way I used to.  It's been tough my body remembers and has adjusted.  I do some pretty intense workouts and have been working out about 5 days a week.  I go for a fill on April 4th and am not sure how I will be feeling so I'm prepping for that.  I'm eager to get my body back.  The Arimidex, like I said has not affected my weight.  I have lost almost ten pounds in the past month.  I've cut out pretty much all processed foods and will be going on an even stricter food detox in a couple weeks.  It is important to get in weight bearing stengthening exercise while on Arimidex.  I'm assuming because you are on that that you are post menapausal anyway, either way it's important for your bones to get the weigth bearing strengthening in.  I take Vitamin D and calcium supplements, Vitamin B12 shots (I was very low in B and D) and fish oil.  Vitamin D and fish oil is something I did before cancer.  You may want to ask for a different sleep aid.  Ambien does nothing for me at least it didn't.  I haven't tried it in about a year.  My anxiety was the problem behind me not being able to fall asleep.  I couldn't and still can't get my brain to shut down so I can sleep.  I hate taking xanax but I'm only taking a half of a pill.  It does help, I just hate the way I feel in the morning.  I took it the past two nights and boy did I sleep!  But I'm not a pill person.  I won't take it everyday.  I have to try to get my brain to shut down on my own.  I will try some breathing exercises my trainer showed me.

Michelle

5/5/11 lumpectomy - 5/13/11 PMX - 6/20/11 BMX w/immediate recon 7/27/11 RT TE removed - 10/28/11 RT TE replaced - 2/3/12 oopherectomy/salpingectomy - 7/3/12 major revision, LFT implant - 9/7/12 RT Implant Dx 5/12/2011, DCIS, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Mar 29, 2012 02:42PM alilou7497 wrote:

Hey everyone, hope everyone is doing well. 

Chickadee - Hey there - the hole is actually about an inch to the right and an inch to the bottom of my nipple.  It is not by the inscision at all.  But it is the size of a quarter and scary looking. hahahah 

I went to see the PS yesterday and bascially he said it is healing well, the skin is sticking down which is good and that in about six months we can start again.  In the meantime, he wants me to go and get and finish radiation and not to worry about my skin that I will be okay and if a problem arises that he has tricks. hahahaha.   I am taking it one day at a time and just thanking God that the cancer is gone and all I am dealing with is not as important.

alilou7497 Dx 7/27/2011, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/8 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/8/2011 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 12/8/2011 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 1/31/2012 Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 7/7/2012 3DCRT: Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 7/1/2013, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, 0/8 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy 7/10/2013 3DCRT Chemotherapy 8/19/2013 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 8/30/2013 3DCRT: Brain
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Mar 29, 2012 03:29PM - edited Mar 29, 2012 10:24PM by mkw1

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Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper Dx 1/12/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 29, 2012 07:33PM Tatina123 wrote:

Hi everyone -

Before I get to my update I wanted to send off:

Psalms - so sorry to hear about your loss. 

Renn - awesome news about your pinhole closing up!

Olgah - happy you are feeling better!

DM13 - keep us posted -- this is so tough.....

Special K - that chicken recipe sounds fantastic and easy.  I will have to try it!

Alilou - sounds like you are doing well, too.

DLL66 - how are things going?

Mrchon - happy to hear you had a great b-day!

Everyone else -- I hope all is well.

Have a dental update.  My PS said "no" on the cleaning.  He wants to hold off until after the exchange.  I saw my dentist anyway because the upper right side of my mouth felt off and sure enough it's a cracked filling.  He said it can wait until after the exchange, too.  My dentist was shocked though that the PS was so conservative with me but understood the reasoning behind it because of my bad TE infection.

Back to work,

3/29/2012 TE exchange to implants and fat grafting; 12/2011 right TE replaced;10/2011 right TE removal because of infection; 9/2011 BMX with immediate TE recon Dx 9/2011, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, 0/1 nodes
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Mar 29, 2012 10:26PM mkw1 wrote:

alilou: Good perspective. I need to remember to be thankful for the most important things like family, friends and health.

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper Dx 1/12/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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