Apr 11, 2018 07:29PM wrenn wrote:
Hi Bluesky, That is a lot of information for you to process and many of us can only say what worked for us which involved many considerations that vary.
I will start with mine. I chose mastectomy to avoid radiation complications and chose not to have reconstruction. I didn't care about reconstruction and that was very likely because of age (66) and living alone and not really concerned with appearance. My main reason though was fear of pain. I had heard the recovery was not easy for some (People who sail through often don't visit forums). Mastectomy alone was relatively pain free for me. I was using plain tylenol by day 2 and not for that long. It was a nuisance having drains but most people get those out fairly quickly.
I wonder if your recovery from that would be affected by auto immune things?
I guess you should first decide whether you want reconstruction (not an easy decision) and if you are really torn then waiting 5 years might be a good option. I think wait times could very well improve so it might not be as long as 5 years.
This is a quiet forum so I am hoping more people come along with their experiences soon. Check outside the Canadian threads too.
You can change to the VGH doc if you want Dr. Mcadam. I have heard good things about her as well. Not sure about the MSJ PS but hopefully someone hear knows something.