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Jan 5, 2018 10:26PM
It was my experience that I was quite pressured to do immediate construction. I had three lumpectomies and then a bilateral mastectomy. It was like they thought that I was wrong to not want what they were offering. Between the medical personnel and my friends and society in general (except my partner), I ended up making the worst decision of my life and had the expanders put in. The first thing I said when I came out of anesthesia was TAKE THIS THING OUT OF ME!
This is not to say that it's not the right decision for others to make - many have and are satisfied with their choices. I had my expanders out three weeks later after being in pain that was maddening. It's NOT like that for all women.
I am happy that I had them out. I'm not happy being flat and cannot wear any "foobs" sort of thing because of lingering pain almost 7 years out from the expanders being put in. So I choose my wardrobe carefully and put my big girl panties on and deal with it.
Don't let anyone talk you into something that you do not absolutely believe is the right way to go. I never will again, for sure.
First diagnosed with LCIS Stage 0 in 2005. Then FOUR MORE TIMES. Now Stage IV. CANCER SUCKS.
2005, LCIS, Stage 0, ER+/PR+, HER2+
1/1/2005 Lumpectomy: Right
2006, LCIS, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+
1/1/2006 Lumpectomy: Left
6/1/2006 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel
4/1/2010, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-
5/1/2010 Mastectomy: Left, Right
8/1/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole)
8/1/2010 Adriamycin (doxorubicin)
9/1/2010 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
10/23/2014, ILC, 3cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
11/2014, ILC, Stage IV, Grade 2, ER+/PR+
11/4/2014 Lumpectomy: Left
12/5/2014 Chest wall
2/1/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)