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Feb 4, 2020 10:33PM
I had one breast removed and I was 36D before my surgery. I know it's not very big, but definitely big enough to be noticeable when one is missing. :) I wear a prosthetic with lighter-weight silicone, and I feel comfortable and balanced. I go half-flat around the house.
I was offered a reduction on the remaining breast, but my PS (who I ended up not needing) suggested it could be more complicated and uncomfortable than mastectomy surgery.
I've stuck with the remaining breast, and I don't really mind my situation (on the plus side, she's my 'anchor' boob - she holds the bra in place), but I wouldn't mind being flat either. If something went awry in the other breast, I'd just remove it and not look back.
One positive about the 'one breast at a time' approach is you'll have better use of the non-surgery side of your body in the weeks after surgery, and only have to do PT on one side. It makes things easier, but then again, not a deal-breaker if you have help and patience for a few weeks.
I was on the line between one and just getting it all done - just lost my nerve a little after having 2 surgeries already, and a doctor and husband that didn't see a need to nix breast #2. So I went minimal.
If you can't decide, another option might be to just have one removed, and revisit once you know what it's like to live with one breast.
It can be confusing to have options in this situation, but I think all options are workable. If you have a preference one way or another, go for it. If not, try one that you feel comfortable with, and if it doesn't work out well enough, you can explore options from there.
Diagnosed at 42. Had symptoms of Paget's for years prior to positive biopsy. No Tamox because low% ER.
11/2/2018, Paget's, Right, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC)
11/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Right
11/29/2018, DCIS/Paget's, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR-
12/18/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
12/21/2018, DCIS, Right, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-
1/16/2019 Mastectomy: Right