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May 24, 2019 10:45PM
ashell, I had my right implant removed due to a local recurrence, so I'm "half flat" now.
Since the implant removal I am pretty much limited to t-shirt necklines now, both in and out of the water. I wear a rash guard when swimming.
Also - and I don't want to be a bummer - but my muscle strength never returned, even after the implant was removed. That may just be me though.
This is a great thread on being "half flat," and that might give you some insights too. https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/82/topics/861492?page=7#idx_187
It's a very personal decision, best wishes to you!
Initial diagnosis at 32 years old. Chest wall resection 18 months later due to skin metastasis, probably from needle seeding during initial biopsy. Skin graft from right thigh!
8/2016, IDC, Right, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
9/30/2016 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
10/31/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
4/30/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
9/2017, IDC, Right, Grade 3, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
10/31/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
1/2018, IDC, Right, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
4/30/2018 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy
5/9/2018 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
6/30/2018 Zoladex (goserelin)
6/30/2018 Xeloda (capecitabine)
1/14/2019 Aromasin (exemestane)