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Topic: Newbie - Just scheduled surgery

Forum: DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ) — Just diagnosed, in treatment, or finished treatment for DCIS.

Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 03:48AM

jamiesue wrote:

Hi. I've been reading this forum for a month since I was diagnosed and thought I would join. It's becoming all too real now that I have surgery scheduled. I've chosen to have a bilateral MX with reconstruction. Meeting a second PC today to talk about pre-pectoral implants. I could have had a lumpectomy with radiation but with my family history (genetic testing negative) and the past 12 years of bad screenings, biopsy, etc, I chose this. I have had a really hard time with that decision and continue to doubt myself. I also have a possibility of invasive near the DCIS that they can't really tell. I'll be having the sentinel nodes removed during surgery.

Not sure how I'm going to get through 6 weeks scared of this invasive issue. I'm already in counseling because I've been having panic attacks for the first time in my life and such extreme fatigue, sometimes I just have to stop working.

What a ride this has been so far! Any words of encouragement, advice or hellos would make my day.

jamiesue

jamiesue Surgery 11/20/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Oct 9, 2018 05:10AM Moderators wrote:

HI Jamiesue, and welcome to Breastcancer.org!

We're so very sorry for the reasons that bring you here, but we're really glad you've found us. You're sure to find our incredible Community an excellent source of information, advice, and support. We're all here for you!

You're sure to get replies here from many others who have been through the just diagnosed anxiety stage, awaiting surgery and more answers. We know the waiting around is tough, but just know we're ready to help you along the way -- now through beyond treatment.

Big Hugs!

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Oct 9, 2018 07:40AM asianmom wrote:

Sorry to hear your story. I have similar situation. Just got diagnosed two months ago and just had surgery last Thrusday. One advice I have is try to read more about survivor forum. They get through it and they move on. You will be there too. Dont worry!

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Oct 9, 2018 08:07AM jamiesue wrote:

Thank you for the kind words Mods and Asianmom. The best news I've had so far is that I met my PC today and I love him! We will do the mastectomy and then 2-3 weeks later, the PC will either put the implants in or put in expanders. It would be so awesome if he can do the implants! Many things we won't know until these surgeries are actually happening though.

Now I'm waiting for the actual dates so I can get my short-term disability figured out, ugh! Whatever they do, they said it would still be 6 weeks recover which is fine. I might have new breasts for Christmas!

Hugs!

Jamiesue

jamiesue Surgery 11/20/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement

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