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Dec 2, 2015 08:10AM
I'm generally starting to feel a bit better. I had dose dense chemotherapy between March and June, and am still dealing with some side effects, including fatigue, that have been somewhat worse since my second mastectomy on October 20. I did lose my hair in March, but have got about 3/4 inch of new growth now. 2015 has been a tough year.
Yesterday was vaccination day for me - pneumococcal pneumonia, flu and shingles. My MO suggested that my blood counts were good to go for vaccinations, and I understand that shingles after chemotherapy isn't uncommon, so I'm glad to have them done. Had two vaccinations in my left (non-lymphedema) arm, and it is quite sore today, and I've got some flulike symptoms this morning. I've started to go into work as of last week, but I'm totally wiped out by noon. I sleep for part of the afternoon most days, but it is getting better. I expect that will resolve itself over the next little while. I've started working with a trainer to get my activity level up without aggravating my lymphedema, and more activity equals more energy.
Do you have any sort of timetable for your reconstruction? I'll probably be going back to see my reconstructive surgeon in the spring with a view to starting the process, but your reconstruction shouldn't be too complicated, or take too long, though it might take a while for your breast to recover from radiation before you can tolerate reconstruction.
Have a great day.
12/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Right
1/7/2015, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
1/7/2015, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/11 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
1/13/2015 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right
10/20/2015 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left
10/27/2015, LCIS/DCIS, Left, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+
5/25/2016 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right
AC + T (Taxol)