Just thought you would all appreciate this interaction I had. On Thursday I had a lap. hyst. I stayed one night in the hospital. The roommate that was with me was probably about 60 years old (I am 41) and also had a hysterectomy because she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. So, the curtain was pulled almost the whole time but we had some small conversation. She was talking about how shocking it is to be diagnosed with cancer. I said, "Yes, I know. I was diagnosed with breast cancer over a year ago." She paused. Then she said, "Do you mind me asking if you had a mast.?" I said, "First of all, you can ask me anything you want, and yes, but first I had a lumpectomy, chemo and then mast. and radiation." She paused again. Then she said, "Well, you reconstructed, didn't you?" I said, "No." She said in a shocked tone, "Oh but you will eventually, right?" I said, "No, I really do not want to reconstruct. It is not that important to me." For some reason, she could not accept that and said, "Well, I am sure you will change your mind someday." I said, "No, I don't think so." She then said, "Well, maybe you don't think so now but you still have time." I gave up.
Just thought it was sort of funny that she is certain that I will be reconstructing in the future.
Carol Clark- Author of WHEN OUR MOM HAD CANCER Diag.1/06 at age 40, 1.6cm, 6+nodes, stage IIIa, er/pr+, her2-, chemo, mast. rads, no recon
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