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Sep 3, 2021 07:49AM
Hi Veneruzc! I was dx'd TNBC in March 2020. Like you, I did 4 AC, but then 12 Taxol with 3 Carbo. I decided on BMX with immediate reconstruction and TE's in Sept. 2020. The surgery was very easy for me, I was up and walking and feeling decent the same night of my surgery. I never really had pain per say, more soreness. The drains were more annoying than anything else. The TE's were doable, a bit uncomfortable and awkward at times, but nothing painful. I had them for 9 months.
I had my exchange to implants this past July and was dx'd with a recurrence four days later, but the physical evidence was already there back in Feb. I start radiation in about an hour.
The decision is very personal. I knew from the beginning that I was going to do a BMX. I had very dense breasts and I knew having to go through MRI's and waiting on results and being called backed was going to drive my anxiety through the roof. Regardless, here I am again with this beast inside of me.
I will say this, I am glad I made the decision I did, but the possibility of a reoccurrence is higher for those of us with TNCB lumpectomy or mastectomy. it's going to come down to what your prefer. It's your decision and no one should pressure you into one or the other. My breast navigator tried to pressure me into a lumpectomy and tried to make me feel like a terrible person because I was choosing to have both my breasts removed versus just the one.
None of this easy and I pray everything goes well for you!
3/2020, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC)
4/1/2020 AC + T (Taxol)
9/17/2020 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
11/3/2020 Xeloda (capecitabine)
7/2021, Right, 2cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2-
7/9/2021 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall