Hi. If you've found this thread, you are probably interested in information, tips and help. We'll all do our best to help. We'll post links to several other threads that may be of help as well. But many of us realized that we were scaring Newbies on the TE Trouble Board and that there should be an information Board instead! LOL. So I'll post first. As you can see I had a lot of "Scenic Detours" on my "journey" . But there are many, many others who are on the "Express Train" on their Reconstruction Journey. You'll see a lot of them pop in with their best tips!
First 3 rules!
1. Talk to your PS. They are all different from one another and have different rules about restrictions and bras.
2. If you are experiencing any fever, or redness in the breast, CALL YOUR PS OR BS! Many problems can be stopped in their tracks if intervention is in time.
3. Keep your end vision in mind. It will help you through those inevitable days of "Why, oh why, am I doing this?" We all have moments of doubt, or comments about "why you are doing this operation just for vanity?" All of us here know that this was a major decision made with information we had at the time and the knowledge that we needed this for ourselves.
I may add more rules as I think of them or as requested by my wonderful poster friends here on BC who are so willing and able to share that invaluable knowledge with everyone.
Finally, the Mantra of Exchange City and TE Boards:
"Just because you CAN, Doesn't mean you SHOULD"!!!
Remember you are still healing on the inside. And even if you feel fine, don't try to do too much. You could set back your recovery and take even longer to get to those "Squishies"!
Below are some helpful links:
Breast Implant 101. This is Whippetmom's helpful board that will get you pointed in the right direction on sizes and types. Please follow the instructions on the very first post in the thread.
Bras 101 - everything about Bras. Please remember that though these women are trying to help you, your Plastic Surgeon or Breast Surgeon has the final word. They know all your circumstances and information and you should follow their recommendations. That said, this is very helpful information.
Exchange City - This is what we aim for! For those of us getting near to the "Squishy Side". For those who will have an exchange to implants soon. People on this board are very helpful and encouraging. Ask questions!
TE Trouble - Yes, sometimes the process does not go as smoothly as we would like. In fact it can go very badly and the TE Trouble board is for people who have more issues than we can handle on this information board. Please remember that as in chemo, not everybody gets all the side effects or gets bad side effects constantly. Things happen. We don't like it, but they do. (or would we even be here? LOL) So don't go looking for "Trouble" unless it finds you!
Sometimes life SUCKS! Sometimes it doesn't. I prefer when it doesn't! If you're ever bored, read my biography. Bring snacks..... LOL Monica
11/11/2011, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH)
12/8/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
12/8/2011 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
1/17/2012 Reconstruction (left)
2/16/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
2/16/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
8/13/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement
8/20/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole)
9/10/2012 Reconstruction (left)
8/14/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement
9/4/2013 Reconstruction (left)
12/13/2013 Reconstruction (left): Saline implant; Reconstruction (right): Saline implant
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