Topic: TEs. A Beginner's Primer

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: Mar 11, 2014 06:16PM - edited Jan 23, 2016 06:08PM by moonflwr912

Posted on: Mar 11, 2014 06:16PM - edited Jan 23, 2016 06:08PM by moonflwr912

moonflwr912 wrote:

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"!

Much Love,

Monica

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.

https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/44/topic/...

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.

https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/44/topics...

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!

https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/44/topics...

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!

https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/44/topics/771702?page=281#idx_8418


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 Dx 11/11/2011, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 12/8/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/8/2011 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic mastectomy; Prophylactic mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Surgery 1/17/2012 Reconstruction (Left) Targeted Therapy 2/16/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/16/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 8/13/2012 Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander Hormonal Therapy 8/20/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 9/10/2012 Reconstruction (Left) Surgery 8/14/2013 Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander Surgery 9/4/2013 Reconstruction (Left) Surgery 12/13/2013 Reconstruction (Left): Saline implant; Reconstruction (Right): Saline implant
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Feb 20, 2022 11:55AM minustwo wrote:

And Moonflower still occasionally checks in, so thanks again for starting this thread Moon.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Feb 20, 2022 03:43PM STLSurvivor wrote:

Thank you, Minus Two. I think I have figured out at lease part of it! Now I just have to get my mental state back to baseline!

SGL Dx 9/13/2021, DCIS, Left, 4cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Surgery Lymph node removal; Mastectomy; Prophylactic mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Apr 3, 2022 09:42PM moonflwr912 wrote:

Hello all! Thanks Minus Two and SpecialK for helping out. I had a hard time checking in here during the renovations on the site!

STL, im glad you are feeling better! Those TEs are not fun. But squishies will come, and you wont believe how much better they feel, even if you dont project out like the TEs.

I dont check in here as often as I used to. Im 10 years out from dx, and 7 from squishies! Time does fly.

All my love

Monica

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 Dx 11/11/2011, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 12/8/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/8/2011 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic mastectomy; Prophylactic mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Surgery 1/17/2012 Reconstruction (Left) Targeted Therapy 2/16/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/16/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 8/13/2012 Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander Hormonal Therapy 8/20/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 9/10/2012 Reconstruction (Left) Surgery 8/14/2013 Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander Surgery 9/4/2013 Reconstruction (Left) Surgery 12/13/2013 Reconstruction (Left): Saline implant; Reconstruction (Right): Saline implant
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Apr 3, 2022 09:47PM moonflwr912 wrote:

I just double checked, the links are still working on this board after the renovation, so the information above in the introduction is accurate. Yay!

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 Dx 11/11/2011, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 12/8/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/8/2011 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic mastectomy; Prophylactic mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Surgery 1/17/2012 Reconstruction (Left) Targeted Therapy 2/16/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/16/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 8/13/2012 Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander Hormonal Therapy 8/20/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 9/10/2012 Reconstruction (Left) Surgery 8/14/2013 Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander Surgery 9/4/2013 Reconstruction (Left) Surgery 12/13/2013 Reconstruction (Left): Saline implant; Reconstruction (Right): Saline implant
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May 21, 2022 10:05PM moonflwr912 wrote:

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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 Dx 11/11/2011, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 12/8/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/8/2011 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic mastectomy; Prophylactic mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Surgery 1/17/2012 Reconstruction (Left) Targeted Therapy 2/16/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/16/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 8/13/2012 Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander Hormonal Therapy 8/20/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 9/10/2012 Reconstruction (Left) Surgery 8/14/2013 Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander Surgery 9/4/2013 Reconstruction (Left) Surgery 12/13/2013 Reconstruction (Left): Saline implant; Reconstruction (Right): Saline implant

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