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Topic: Is anyone going flat or living flat?

Forum: Living Without Reconstruction After a Mastectomy — Discuss prostheses, swimsuits, bras, and other options for women not having reconstruction or waiting for reconstruction.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2017 07:12AM - edited Feb 16, 2017 02:59PM by pabbie

pabbie wrote:

I had a right breast mastectomy in 2014. I've been living with one breast for three years, wearing a mastectomy bra & prosthetic. My left breast is a size D and hangs low and I get sweaty and rashes during the hot summer months.

I met with a PS but am not a good candidate for breast reconstruction because I've had surgeries on my stomach area, with radiation and chemo on my behind and part of my thighs because of color-rectal surgery 17 years ago.

I don't feel comfortable taking muscle from my back. I'm 59 years old.

I'm deciding on another mastectomy or breast reduction/lift from a D to a B. This might be a weird question but did anyone feel weird with the surgery being close to their heart?

May 2017 Recurrent 1.1 centimeter IDC with multiple foci, treated with surgery & Aromasin. Dx 2/6/2008, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 2/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/23/2014, IDC, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/23/2014 Mastectomy: Right Dx 5/4/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jun 6, 2017 11:07AM MamaOz wrote:

momine, bearclaws and ravzari

Thank you all for your reassurance .. and yes PS was the one to close me up and is following up with me so hopefully after some time it will be better but I am ok I have a sport bra on at moment and its fine

I am currently reading up on radiation in my case

T2 3 pos nodes. And apparently according to most studies Fall in the grey zone of not sure if its really effective but I most likely will try. Any input?

My choice of meds tamoxifen or arimidex ??

After chemo i discovered I have high cholesterol and i know I have osteopenia. I was leaning toward arimidex but now may think tamoxifen may be better gamble

Any thoughts??

Mamaoz : chemo 1/.17-4/17 AC/.paxitacil : 3/29 nodes Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/20/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 7/31/2017 Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 6, 2017 12:06PM kira1234 wrote:

Mamaox as far as the radiation I'd go for it. The goal is to destroy any cancer cells that might still be around.

As far as tamoxafin it's true it won't affect bones. It can cause blood clots so if you're at risk for that something to be aware of.

Dx 6/2010, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/8/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 8/3/2010 Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2010 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx 2/2017, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Jun 6, 2017 12:16PM MamaOz wrote:

I know! Good grief ! I was on another forum checking ot out as tamoxifen can cause uterine cancer as well

So perhaps i can do arimidex and take a statin for cholestetol and up my vitamin d and calcium..

who knows why is everything so risky!! Not to mention worrying about lymphadema too !

Mamaoz : chemo 1/.17-4/17 AC/.paxitacil : 3/29 nodes Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/20/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 7/31/2017 Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 6, 2017 12:27PM kira1234 wrote:

mamaox I unfortunately learned the hard way. I was on tamoxafin for 6 years before I had a TIA. I was 7 years out and just had surgery for a new breast cancer in the same breast. I'll be on Arimidex for 5 years so 12 years all together. Heavens. I'm at risk for osteoporosis which is why I was on tamoxafin.

Dx 6/2010, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/8/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 8/3/2010 Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2010 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx 2/2017, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Jun 7, 2017 04:07PM MamaOz wrote:

kira yeah i alteady have osteopenia and after chemo I discovered i now have high cholesterol , not chemos fault

But wow its a crap shoot

Mamaoz : chemo 1/.17-4/17 AC/.paxitacil : 3/29 nodes Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/20/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 7/31/2017 Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 7, 2017 04:21PM kira1234 wrote:

I agree mama Oz a crap shoot. I just found out today I have osteoarthritis from my knee surgeon. Apparently tamoxafin can cause osteoarthritis. So now I guess I'll be using celebrex. I guess I should take stock in the medical industry.

Dx 6/2010, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/8/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 8/3/2010 Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2010 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx 2/2017, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Jun 7, 2017 08:55PM MamaOz wrote:

good idea on stock buying!! Why should the industry make all the big bucks

As you know i m 18 days podt surgery had drsinscout Monday, at first foc said she thought to keep me in compression for another week but then decided not to use bandage ( most likely because shes going on vacstion for next 2 weeks) and said I could wear whatever I wanted

Well ive now got to puffy spots under my arms just above where drain hole came from..they are tender.. hoping its not fluid build up I have appt tomorrow morning with the phys/ lymph therapist so ill see what she thinks whether it needs drs attention

Also having trouble with what to wear while still healing

i have a sport bra that's a little tight and the stupid thing from hospital i had on first 2, weeks , which i washed so at least its no longer itchy or can I just wear loose cami, wasnt sure if compression would help

anyone have suggestions??


Mamaoz : chemo 1/.17-4/17 AC/.paxitacil : 3/29 nodes Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/20/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 7/31/2017 Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 8, 2017 08:32AM kira1234 wrote:

mamaOz I am wearing a sports bra. It's very comfortable. I began wearing it after 3 weeks. At 2 weeks I still had the drains in

Dx 6/2010, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/8/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 8/3/2010 Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2010 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx 2/2017, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Jun 8, 2017 09:09AM Erica wrote:

Hi MamaOz,

I'm glad you're on the other side of surgery, but sorry you're not happy with the appearance. As others have said, a lot of the lumps etc. may even out as you continue to heal. But the good news is that if you're still not happy down the road, a plastic surgeon can definitely clean it up, as Momine said. My impression is that since so many women choose reconstruction these days, breast surgeons don't have nearly as much experience in creating a good cosmetic result for someone who decides to go flat. So, sometimes the results are less than optimal.

Hi Kira,

Sorry for the reason you're back here, but this is still a very supportive place. I hope you continue to adjust well. I had a bilateral mastectomy three years after a lumpectomy and rads (because of a second cancer). I've enjoyed the symmetry. I hope you will, too!


BreastFree.org (breastfree.org); BreastFree Blog (breastfree.blogspot.com); Twitter @BreastFree
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Jun 8, 2017 11:28AM MamaOz wrote:

Erica, i know I will be ok with my choice

Was just shocking... started Pt/LT today I had some cording and have a ways to go on range but the therapist was very gentle and great ..

Mamaoz : chemo 1/.17-4/17 AC/.paxitacil : 3/29 nodes Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/20/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 7/31/2017 Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 8, 2017 11:31AM MamaOz wrote:

kira thanks I had 2 sport bras the one was too small so I think ill use the one that fits better and the PT/LT therapist said perhaps a cami with some spandex for slight compression.

Mamaoz : chemo 1/.17-4/17 AC/.paxitacil : 3/29 nodes Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/20/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 7/31/2017 Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 8, 2017 12:05PM kira1234 wrote:

Erica I'm sorry about your second cancer too. I decided to go flat for the symmetry. I'm actually doing very well. Trying to adjust to the new ameridex pills I'm on.

Dx 6/2010, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/8/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 8/3/2010 Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2010 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx 2/2017, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Jun 9, 2017 08:11PM MamaOz wrote:

Erica, i just checked out your breastfree site and found very helpful advice!! Thank you😊

Mamaoz : chemo 1/.17-4/17 AC/.paxitacil : 3/29 nodes Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/20/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 7/31/2017 Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 10, 2017 01:10PM Erica wrote:

Great, glad you found it helpful! Thanks for letting me know.

BreastFree.org (breastfree.org); BreastFree Blog (breastfree.blogspot.com); Twitter @BreastFree
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Jun 10, 2017 01:32PM kira1234 wrote:

Erica I actually found your site when looking for pictures so I'd be able to describe to my breast surgeon how I wanted to look.

Dx 6/2010, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/8/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 8/3/2010 Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2010 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx 2/2017, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Jun 17, 2017 08:05PM shortcake42 wrote:

Thanks for the info. I do Not want to wear a silicone boob. from what I have seen they are heavy and I live in a humid climate-no thanks. I had just the left breast removed and have a D on the right. I just sewed a regular bra flat on one side, or wear a sports bra that I remodeled for work. I could care less what someone else thinks of my decision to go flat on one side, it's my body. I am the one who has to look at myself in the mirror. I see a strong, good looking woman.
Dx 9/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Hormonal Therapy 11/14/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left
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Jun 17, 2017 08:30PM lrwells50 wrote:

Shortcake42, you're the only one that matters.

OncotypeDx 24, I think because although I was 100% ER+, I was very weakly PR+ . BARD1 mutation, mother had breast cancer twice. Dx 12/5/2016, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/8/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 5/19/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 18, 2017 08:10AM MamaOz wrote:

shortcake.. love the attitude!! I am finding that being flat is ok .. I am 4 weeks post surgery. Painfully plugging thru cords in PT ... I just wish that was it..isnt that enough?

However.. like most of you I still need radiation and the hormone pills most lkely arimidex ... trying to stay positive !! Im finding it hard not to be consumed by it all and to find the optimistic outlook so important to recovery..

Tips appreciated !! 🌷

Mamaoz : chemo 1/.17-4/17 AC/.paxitacil : 3/29 nodes Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/20/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 7/31/2017 Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 19, 2017 07:44PM hsant wrote:

I had my BMX June 12, 2015. After two years, I still have no desire to get fitted for a foob. I wear whatever I feel like wearing, and am not self conscious about being flat.

Dx 5/10/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 6/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 6/10/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 6/30/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 20, 2017 07:56PM ravzari wrote:

hsant I'm the same really; if I want to wear something, I'm going to wear it. If somebody else doesn't like that I'm wearing it, the problem is 100% on their end.

About the only thing I won't wear anymore are things with molded bra cups because, well, those just look a bit silly without something to fill 'em up. :D

Prophylactic BMX no recon, June 2016, due to strong family history of BC. NF1 positive.
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Jun 20, 2017 11:36PM hsant wrote:

Rav, you can always stuff those molded bra cups with Kleenex. Kidding! This is all so personal to the individual. I am just sharing my feelings and experience

Dx 5/10/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 6/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 6/10/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 6/30/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 21, 2017 06:34AM - edited Jun 21, 2017 06:45PM by MamaOz

you girls are fantastic inspiration! And after all ...its really about getting the chance to live our lives

that is whattruly matters

Thankyou

Mamaoz

Mamaoz : chemo 1/.17-4/17 AC/.paxitacil : 3/29 nodes Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/20/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 7/31/2017 Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 21, 2017 08:23AM Heidibird wrote:

Agree!

Dx 4/19/2016, IDC, Left, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes Surgery 11/9/2016 Mastectomy: Left Surgery Lumpectomy: Left Surgery
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Jun 21, 2017 06:39PM flatsiedoll wrote:

I think anyone having the surgery has a CHOICE OF HOW THEY WANT TO BE CUT AND SEWN. There is NO MEDICAL NECESSITY FOR HORIZONTAL CUTTING. It is my opinion that VERTICAL INCISIONS could be smaller and will not only heal with possibly less pain and time, they may certainly be less stressful in movement and in healing. In fact, I would bet that the long incision that is being made is also unnecessary, and that it is possible to make a small incision and to surgically tattoo or re-attach the nipple without the giant scar that is not different from what it was in the 1960/s. How is it that the scar length for this surgery has not diminished in 70 years while every other surgery has??? Time to put our breasts together and create a solution....

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Jun 21, 2017 07:13PM MamaOz wrote:

Flatsiedoll

Did you have surgery yet??

I had alot of lymphs removed and I dont think a vertical incision would have worked for me ..

And having no recon at least the horizontal scars are low enough to be concealed without having to worry about that , ...after all the reason is to remove the breast tissue

Perhaps if they made several vertical cuts??

However. I do agree we should always have a choice .. I chose bmx no recon but had a plastic surgeon close me up after the onc surgeon did his job as he said she would have a better result.. after 4 weeks its still not pretty but theres still glue on scars .. From what I understand it takes quite awile before things settle .. and with a sportbra on only I can see them..and I look fine.

Mamaoz : chemo 1/.17-4/17 AC/.paxitacil : 3/29 nodes Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/20/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 7/31/2017 Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 14, 2017 09:47PM Shelly1359 wrote:

I am scheduled for double mastectomy July 19, 2017.

In 2013 I went through IDC, had a lumpectomy, chemo, and radiation. I am a strong person so for the most part I handled it all well. Now 4 years 3 months later I have DCIS. I have made the decision to have the mastectomy because I don't want to continue to worry about it coming back again. I know there is a chance it can return in another part of my body, but I feel my odds will be greater. I am currently a 44DD, and I am sure most of you can relate to the positive thought process I have, No more sweaty boobs, no more rash under my boobs, no more trying to find a decent bra to hold them up. Oh yeah those right there are exciting me. LOL I have read a lot of information and watched videos and pictures to try and prepare myself visually. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good scar cream to use to help the scars fade after the healing?  Right now I don't seem to be too worried about the surgery, but I have been having some very mixed emotions. One day I woke up holding my boobs saying "no there mine". I dreamed the other day that I came home from my surgery and started throwing all my bra's out of the drawer like some crazy woman. Then I started having anxiety over that. I also was excited about no more mammograms. Don't have to worry about wearing a low cut shirt and showing too much cleavage. And one of the most exciting things about surgery is SLEEP. I do not sleep well, haven't for about 10 years. When I have surgery I know I will get some much needed sleep. I am sure come Tuesday or Wednesday I will probably be scared out of my mind. One other thing that keeps going through my mind is what if I don't make it thru the surgery?

Are these all normal thoughts I should be having? Can anyone else relate to me? Would appreciate advice, and comments. Thanks in advance.

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Jul 15, 2017 12:05AM Trishyla wrote:

Shelly,

All of those weird thoughts you're having are perfectly normal. You are about to have a surgery that will forever change your body. It's scary and waiting for it is incredibly nerve-wracking.

I had my surgery in April, BMX with immediate DIEP flap reconstruction. I found the surgery and recovery to be a lot easier than chemo. I was fortunate that everything went so smoothly for me. I really hate being dependent on others, so maybe that's what helped me get back on my feet so quickly.

And you're right about getting some sleep during surgery. I woke up from the 10 hour surgery feeling refreshed and rested. Having nurses waiting on me hand and foot for six days was pretty relaxing as well.

As far as worrying about not waking up from surgery, that's a pretty common fear. But it's extremely rare for it to actually happen. More likely is that you'll have a successful surgery with no major complications.

Don't be afraid to ask your doctor for something to ease your fear on surgery day. Just make sure the anesthesiologist knows about it.

Good luck. It'll be over and done with before you know it.

Trish







Dx 8/30/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/30/2016, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Dx 9/6/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/28/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 4/4/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Jul 16, 2017 07:14PM LizA17 wrote:

As you can see, I had BMX in December of 2012. I chose not to have reconstruction. I had 2 positive nodes but was in a gray area as far as radiation. My MO & RO decided not to do any radiation. I don't regret the decision to not have reconstruction. I'd had large breasts my whole life. It was kind of liberating to not have that anymore. I considered it but had heard so many reconstruction horror stories. I'd been thru enough at that point.

Dx 11/13/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 2/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 12/6/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Targeted Therapy 1/21/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 1/21/2013 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 5/29/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 17, 2017 08:46PM Reina_de_los_changos wrote:

Hi Shelly,

I think your fears and thoughts are normal. I had a unilateral mastectomy on 9/9/16, with no reconstruction. I'm a uniboob-- flat on one side. :D

I used to fear surgeries, and being put under, but I have great confidence in doctors, so I've gotten over that fear. You're in good hands. And all of your positive thoughts about the surgery will really help. :)

I'll send positive thoughts and prayers your way.


Dx 8/16/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/16 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/9/2016 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 10/12/2016 AC + T (Taxol)
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Jul 18, 2017 01:36PM - edited Jul 18, 2017 01:37PM by Janett2014

Regarding cream/lotion for BMX scars, I asked my PS. He said that time is what heals scars, but it certainly wouldn't hurt to use something.

I wish I had used a cream or lotion on one side and nothing on the other just as my own little experiment. It would have been interesting to see if there was a difference. I didn't use anything.

My scars went from dark pink to light pink fairly quickly and now, three years later, they are hard-to-see pale silver lines

Diagnosed at age 60 with IDC in 2014. Stage 1A, Grade 2, 0/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Cancer on both sides, bilateral mastectomy, reconstruction with silicone implants, Arimidex (Anastrozole), Oncotype 16. There are more details in my biography.

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