Aug 2, 2015 07:43PM damazon wrote:
I had a uni-M on April Fool's Day 2011. Surgery was nothing, walking, happy the next day ... then I found out my cancer was 7cm and not simply 2 cm, multi centric and multifocal ... and, and, ... but happy to report it is now almost 5 years later, and I am healthy, and looking good. I have a great Amoena stick-on prosthesis and wear a padded uplift bra, Size 38B, when I am actually a 38-36A cup size. Life was getting better until a gym club member (a twenty year survivor who never tried to hide her single breast) told another member I had only one breast. I freaked. I have arranged for implant surgery (initially told I could never have implants due to radiation damage but it appears that my radiated skin has come back to normal and I can now undertake an implant based reconstruction).
I hope it goes well but I understand that at least for me, or 1 in 5 , it may not take. I do not want to spend more than a year reconstructing. If it does not work out I will be reverting. My fear now is that the site may look ugly after moving forward, whereas now, the mastectomy scar is relatively pale, and the area relatively smooth.
Nonetheless, I am tired of wearing my prothesis, cleaning it every night, and putting it on five days a week, and panicking if I forget to wear it at the grocery store when I quickly leave the house for a menu item. I hope it goes well.
Just want to say I really, really, appreciate all of you who post, and help make my journey visible, doable, and provide the greatest gift of life, community. Thanks!