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May 16, 2018 08:01AM
How are you feeling? I’m 1 year and 3 months out from stage 1 and 6 months out from stage 2bandvi feel great. Like my old self.
Did you need any radiation or chemo? No i didn’t. BMX with no positive nodes less than 2cm tumor meant no rads and no chemo. ER+ So i do take an anti-hormonal for 5-10 years.
Did you have mast and recon same day? Yes. I highly recommend it (if it’s an option in your particular case) to lessen the number of surgeries and tax on your body, for keeping your employer happier since you’re not out for 3+ surgeries in a relatively short time span, and for your mental/emotional health.
How was your recovery post op? Textbook. Slept a lot the first 2 weeks but when i was up i was able to be active-went out to eat, watched a Marci grad parade, etc. No major complications.
How long before you could travel back home? NOLA says 10 days minimum in town. Pre-op is day before surgery, you’re in the hospital 4 days including surgery day. Post-op appointment is 6-7 days after surgery and you’re able to travel home that same day if you wish. I chose to pad the trip on the back end out by 4 days just in case there were complications or i didn’t feel up to it. Skycap wheelchair service made the airport a breeze.
Where did you stay after hospital discharge? we rented a condo through Stayalfred for stage 1 and stayed in a hotel the second time that had a separate bedroom from the sitting area and a large bathroom (stayalfred condos were sold out).
Which dr did your family members’ DIEP flap surgeries in NY?
1/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
2/13/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
3/2/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
11/1/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal
1/2/2018 Femara (letrozole)