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Jun 14, 2019 09:17AM
Jun 14, 2019 05:29PM
The girls above all have great advice
Its such a personal issue, I struggled for months trying to decide on reconstruction
Ive been married 41 years , I usually wear small silicone prostethics in a coozy bra so my clothes hang nicely
But at home I sometimes go without, as for feeling sexy a nice bra during intimate times goes a long way..
At the time of my DX I had a tumor on my right side and lymph nodes involved. But I insisted on a double because I didnt want to be lopsided nor worry it may appear in the other
My plastic surgeon was very honest with me and explained because I would be doing radiation I may have expanders in for a long time as the tissue would take a long time to heal and may require several surgeries .I was 63 at the time
And for me it was just not wanting to waste time with surgeries that may or may not take
As it turned out there was a new tumor undetected in my left that the pathology from my surgery discovered so for me the BMX was the right choice
Life was more important. Now 2 years post surgery and my treatments Im still healing from the radiation and have develpoed more scar tissue , according to my phys therapist who works my right arm and chest to keep my lymph fluid flowing..I had 29 nodes removed 3 positive
Anyway ..Do I miss my boobs to be honest of course Id like to look like I once did
but on an everydy basis ..no I barely notice
And its two less things I need to worry about!
But I feel fortunate to be alive and getting on with the important things
As I said a good bra with pockets and inserts look very nice.. its become a part of the new me
Like 'oh man feels so good to take these boobs off 'or 'hang on need I to adjust my boobs..'
For me my main concern is surviving.. its only been 2 years.. I take arimidex and pray it keeps the cancer at bay..
Its a tough decision and a very personal one as the other girls said only you can decide what you are comfortable with
Get all the facts from your Drs thepros / cons of all your options etc
Best of luck
Mamaoz : chemo 1/.17-4/17 AC/.paxitacil : 3/29 nodes
12/5/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
5/19/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left