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Forum: Surgery - Before, During, and After — Surgical options and helpful tips for recovery and side effects.

Posted on: Oct 13, 2012 09:42PM - edited Nov 28, 2012 10:05PM by kelmo2013

kelmo2013 wrote:

I have been reading all the tips on what to bring to the hospital and things to have ready when you get home.  I am scheduled for surgery Nov. 1 and feel fortunate to have found this website full of advice and tips.  Anyone else scheduled for November?  Here is the list:

  • Oct.31- Hollycat- BMX with TE reconstruction
  • Nov. 1- Kelly Hammock -Surgery 11/01/2012 Mastectomy (Both); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement, Breast implants (permanent) (Both)
  • Nov.1-Dessert1st- Surgery 11/01/2012 Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Right)
  • Nov. 2- Frapp- BMX
  • Nov. 5- Steiner18- BMX w/TE
  • Nov. 6- FLSUNMOM- TE replacement surgery
  • Nov. 6-Floridakt- BMX with TE reconstruction
  • Nov.7- Stride- surgery and Dx IDC, Grade 3, ER-/PR+, HER2-
  • Nov.7-MNSusan- I'm scheduled for bilateral mast w immediate reconstruction.
  • Nov. 7- Kelly513- Right MX SNB with expander
  • Nov.8- Angelrose-I'm scheduled for unilateral DIEP.
  • Nov.8- Momto7- Scheduled for BMX with no reconstruction
  • Nov.9-btrflynaia-  Surgery 11/09/2012 Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both)
  • Nov. 9- MandalaB - BMX Mastectomywith DIEP Flap
  • Nov. 10- ScarYola- BMX with TE
  • Nov. 12- Banksy- BMX scheduled
  • Nov. 12- Cherrie BMX with immediate DIEP in NOLA
  • Nov. 12-Jinjinl- possible BMX
  • Nov. 12- Pegs54- BMX with immediate DIEP Flap
  • Nov. 12- Zappons- BMX with TE
  • Nov. 13- Nicole503- BMX with Nodes
  • Nov. 14- Digitalcowgirl-Exchange surgery
  • Nov. 14- Everydayahollyday-


  • Nov. 15- Healing123- Unilateral MX with node dissection
  • Nov. 15- Satxruth- Right MX with DIEP Flap and LN removal
  • Nov. 16- Susiell-Surgery 11/16/2012 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Right)
  • Nov. 16- Juliaanna- Exchange surgery
  • Nov. 16- JoCanuck1951- MX with SNB- 2 removed
  • Nov. 19- CheriJ619- BMX wtih tissue expander placement
  • Nov. 19- Staynsane TE Replacement surgery
  • Nov. 19- Peb Unilateral MX
  • Nov. 20- SharonS- BMX with tissue expander placement
  • Nov. 20- Paula5- lumpectomy with node dissection
  • Nov. 22- Katem001- Unilateral MX
  • Nov. 22- Kiwi-kid- Partial Mx SNB
  • Nov. 23- Rdrunner- unilateral MX
  • Nov. 23- LisaB58- MX- right
  • Nov. 26- Mspill- BMX with TE expanders
  • Nov. 26- Craftybiatchy- lumpectomy with 3 nodes removed
  • Nov. 27- tammi- BMX with TE expanders
  • Nov. 27-Laniek- BMX with SN dissection
  • Nov. 27- Cmparker- BMX with TE
  • Nov. 29- Cdnchick- Unilateral mastectomy on right side with DIEP flap and ALND.
  • Nov. 29- Fickelchook- BMX
  • Nov. 29- Juneaubugg- Exchange surgery
  • Nov. 29- Chewyspree- BMX
  • Nov. 30- Mterkelsen- BMX
  • Dec. 3- Strike-Two- BMX with TE
  • Dec. 4- Chrisrenee7- Exchange surgery
Kelly Hammock Dx 9/3/2012, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR- Surgery 11/1/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Oct 13, 2012 09:54PM Susiell wrote:

Hi Kelly, I'm having surgery next month too, but I'm having reconstruction--TE exchange and reduction and lift on the other breast (mastectomy was in July). What i can tell you is to make sure you have a pillow in the car to cushion your arms. The car ride home from the hospital was pretty painful, I could feel every bump and pothole! And I only had a uni mx.

Lets start a November waiting group!

Dx 7/3/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/30/2012, IDC, 2cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 8/25/2012 Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 14, 2012 06:20AM - edited Oct 14, 2012 06:21AM by kelmo2013

It's nice to hear from you Susiell! Great idea, November waiting group and post surgery support. I am a high school English teacher and my students surprised me Friday with a classroom filled with pink balloons. I belive support will get us through this.

Kelly Hammock Dx 9/3/2012, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR- Surgery 11/1/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Oct 14, 2012 07:24AM dessert1st wrote:

Hi! I am scheduled for Nov 1. Good to see this group. Thanks for the tip on the pillow in the car. i am still looking for more good tips. I meet with PS this week for pre-op and plan to inundate her with Qs!

Dx 9/17/2012, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 11/1/2012 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/16/2013 Reconstruction (right) Dx 1/6/2014 Surgery 2/13/2014 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement
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Oct 14, 2012 09:39AM kelmo2013 wrote:

I am going to the PS Wednesday and plan on asking many questions. I am getting mixed opinions on bras, hopfully the PS can help. I don't believe I will want anything on for a while. Dessert1st, are you getting an expander?

Kelly Hammock Dx 9/3/2012, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR- Surgery 11/1/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Oct 14, 2012 11:04AM Susiell wrote:

Kelly, if you're coming out of surgery with two tissue expanders you probably won't even need a bra. But if you feel like you do, then a comfortable bra like the aah bra would be a good option. I was told no underwire, But I still had one boob that needed support (I'm a D cup, although only for another month!). I found a really comfortable no wire bra by Warner's. There are some threads here that talk about bras, but I think they're mostly post exchange discussions.

Dx 7/3/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/30/2012, IDC, 2cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 8/25/2012 Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 14, 2012 09:53PM dessert1st wrote:

Keimo- yep, i am getting a TE. Trying to figure out what can make to hold the drains.
Susiell, how is/was the process of (for lack of better words)) expanding tissue/boob and clothes to wear while expanding. I too am a D cup and wonder about the lopsided feeling.

Dx 9/17/2012, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 11/1/2012 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/16/2013 Reconstruction (right) Dx 1/6/2014 Surgery 2/13/2014 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement
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Oct 14, 2012 11:11PM Susiell wrote:

Hi dessert, yes lopsided is the word. I bought a post mx camisole that came with breast forms that were poly filled so you can adjust the amount of fill. I was able to use one of those in the early fill stages, and now, if I'm not wearing a compression sports bra, I use a little of the fiber to fill out my bra. (The compression sports bra was by order of my PS because I had a seroma and the compression helped the fluid absorb.) I think I'm still a little lospided even with the fier but I wear loose clothing and frankly i don't really care! But while I was home after surgery I didn't wear anything, bra wise. Just a cotton cami to which I could pin my drains.

The cami also came with little fabric sacs to hold the drains, they attached to a Velcro strip inside. But when I wasn't wearing it, I just pinned the drains to the waistband of my pants or to the hem of my shirt or cami. Fortunately, I had both drains out before I went back to work and I didn't go out much while recuperating.

Dx 7/3/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/30/2012, IDC, 2cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 8/25/2012 Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 15, 2012 07:30AM dessert1st wrote:

Thank for sharing that. where did you buy the post mx cami?

Dx 9/17/2012, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 11/1/2012 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/16/2013 Reconstruction (right) Dx 1/6/2014 Surgery 2/13/2014 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement
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Oct 15, 2012 10:06PM Susiell wrote:

www.womanspersonalhealth.com/

But there are lots of sites out there. You can google "mastectomy bra" and youll get lots of hits.

Dx 7/3/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/30/2012, IDC, 2cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 8/25/2012 Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 15, 2012 10:12PM kelmo2013 wrote:

My aunt just called me and said that her co-worker had surgery last week and she is using a soft loose ace bandage around her waist for the drains to pin on. This might be another idea for our upcoming surgery girls!

Kelly Hammock Dx 9/3/2012, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR- Surgery 11/1/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Oct 15, 2012 10:52PM dessert1st wrote:

I found a lot of info on bras and camis it is almost overwhelming. i found one site that showed using a canvas utility belt. (similar to what you use for garage sale change /money.

Dx 9/17/2012, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 11/1/2012 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/16/2013 Reconstruction (right) Dx 1/6/2014 Surgery 2/13/2014 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement
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Oct 16, 2012 02:42PM Hollycat wrote:

Hi ALL! I wanna be in the group ...scheduled for a bilat mastectomy with TE reconstruction. Would love some waiting pals.

Where is Smiths Station?? I am in B'ham.

Surgery 9/4/2012 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 9/6/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/31/2012 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 10/31/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 12/8/2012 Surgery 2/7/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 16, 2012 05:30PM kelmo2013 wrote:

Glad you are joining us Holly!  I am just 18 miles south of Auburn. We are right across the river from Columbus, Ga.  When is your surgery scheduled?   I see that you had one surgery in Sept.

Kelly Hammock Dx 9/3/2012, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR- Surgery 11/1/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Oct 16, 2012 09:04PM cat24 wrote:

Ok, guess I need to join the November surgeries - I thought there was a chance for October, but will have to wait.  I'm having a left MX with latissimus dorsi flap reconstruction.  I already have had a right mx with tram flap reconstruction in January, so I don't know if I'm setting some kind of record, having two unrelated surgeries in one year. 

And call it an angel, call it a muse And call it karma that you've got comin' to you What's the difference? What's in a name? What matters most is never ever losin' faith 'Cause it's gonna be alright, you're not alone tonight Dx 12/2/2011, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 1/3/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Free TRAM flap Hormonal Therapy 1/20/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 10/10/2012, DCIS, Stage 0 Surgery 11/15/2012 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/12/2013 Reconstruction (left) Surgery 7/2/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
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Oct 16, 2012 09:13PM kelmo2013 wrote:

I'm glad you joined us cat24.  You have just about the same diagnosis I have.  I have been diagnosed in the left breast, but I have opted to do both.  I am scared the right will show up later with DCIS.  Did anyone in your family have breast cancer?  My mother passed away in her 60's with cancer.  They think hers started in the colon.

Kelly Hammock Dx 9/3/2012, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR- Surgery 11/1/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Oct 16, 2012 10:09PM MNSusan wrote:

Me, me!  Raising hand and waving!

I'm scheduled for bilateral mast w immediate reconstruction on Nov 7.  TEs with silicone implants is the plan.  I see the plastic surgeon on Friday.

I stopped at Kohl's tonight and got a few shirts that button up and a set of silky-type pjs with a front button top.

Allergan Natrelle Style 45-700 ccs Dx 10/2005, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2 Surgery 12/2/2005 Lumpectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2006 Dx 10/2012, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Dx 11/7/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/7/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/16/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Oct 16, 2012 10:55PM Susiell wrote:

hi holly, cat and and mnsusan, glad you found us, i was starting to think (wishful i know) that maybe there werent that many of us having surgery next month!

Dx 7/3/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/30/2012, IDC, 2cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 8/25/2012 Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 16, 2012 10:56PM cat24 wrote:

No, Kelmo I am the first in my family, lucky me.  I went to my plastic surgeon and he just couldn't believe I was back with a new diagnosis.  I was scheduled to have the rest of my reconstruction on November 20 - nipple, some work on my abdominal scar  and a little lipo to smooth things out.  He was supposed to be matching my Tram breast to my natural one.  Now, the natural one will be gone too and he will now have to match the left to the right.  Now that part of the reconstruction will be on hold, not sure how long.  So, I will remain nippleless for a while longer. 

And call it an angel, call it a muse And call it karma that you've got comin' to you What's the difference? What's in a name? What matters most is never ever losin' faith 'Cause it's gonna be alright, you're not alone tonight Dx 12/2/2011, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 1/3/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Free TRAM flap Hormonal Therapy 1/20/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 10/10/2012, DCIS, Stage 0 Surgery 11/15/2012 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/12/2013 Reconstruction (left) Surgery 7/2/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
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Oct 17, 2012 06:34AM kelmo2013 wrote:

Cat24, I know you will be glad to finally get this behind you.  At least they found out before you had the reconstructive surgery.

MNSusan, glad to hear from you.  I see you took the TX pill for 5 years.  I haven't researched this medicine much, but exactly what does it do and prevent?  I believe if you have a BMX you will not have to take this medicine.

Kelly Hammock Dx 9/3/2012, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR- Surgery 11/1/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Oct 17, 2012 12:37PM Hollycat wrote:

Hi gals,

I am waiting on a surgery date from UAB. My cancer was removed (thankfully) in the lumpectomy and I have another set of challenges. I have a 14 year old daughter with A-T who is in a wheelchair. The wheelchair weighs 282 pounds and she weighs 100. Ha ha!! Gotta laugh..right? All that to say...my surgery is going to require great planning so I am trying to get it scheduled for the 3rd week of Nov. We will see if that works out. I will need a ton of help with her once she gets in from school each day.

Does anyones PS use Alloderm One Step Implants? Sure would be easier than tissue expanders. Don't think they even do them here at UAB (supposedly cutting edge stuff goes on here)

Surgery 9/4/2012 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 9/6/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/31/2012 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 10/31/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 12/8/2012 Surgery 2/7/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 17, 2012 09:09PM kelmo2013 wrote:

Hi ladies,  I feel like everything is REAL now.  I went to the PS today and the nurse gave me all my prescriptions, instructions, and a prescription to pick up the cami with pockets!  I have been so busy working that I really put everything in the back of my mind, but this really brings the reality of the upcoming surgery.  I was worried about all the waiting, but now I feel like the wait sometimes helps with acceptance of what is to come!

I am thankful to find such a great place to share my thoughts and hear from some other great women.

Kelly Hammock Dx 9/3/2012, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR- Surgery 11/1/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Oct 17, 2012 10:06PM cat24 wrote:

Maybe I will know my surgery date tomorrow.  I've been so nervous and anxious today, I think I will be better once I have a date.  Being kind of a baby today too - wahhhh, I don't want to do this again.  Wahhhh, I don't want to be cut on again.  Wahhh, I don't want to lose my breast.  OK, got that out of my system, much better now.

And call it an angel, call it a muse And call it karma that you've got comin' to you What's the difference? What's in a name? What matters most is never ever losin' faith 'Cause it's gonna be alright, you're not alone tonight Dx 12/2/2011, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 1/3/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Free TRAM flap Hormonal Therapy 1/20/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 10/10/2012, DCIS, Stage 0 Surgery 11/15/2012 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/12/2013 Reconstruction (left) Surgery 7/2/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
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Oct 17, 2012 11:34PM - edited Oct 17, 2012 11:37PM by dessert1st

Cat-sorry to hear you need to do this again. I wanted a bmx but Drs. didn't recommend taking a healthy breast. I just hope they are right on the long run and my gut is wrong.

Kelly, I went to PS yesterday too and got all my scripts and instructions. I asked her if she had recommendations for what to have on hand for post surgery and she said kotex maxi pads and neosporan. I had not heard that one here before!
She also said I would be in a surgical bra for awhile so no need for the cami unless i wanted to wear a cotton one over it.

Mnsusan- kohls also has some great long shirt flannel pjs with leggings. Found some great button down pjs at TJ Maxx too.

Dx 9/17/2012, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 11/1/2012 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/16/2013 Reconstruction (right) Dx 1/6/2014 Surgery 2/13/2014 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement
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Oct 18, 2012 12:01AM cat24 wrote:

dessert1 - looks like our first dx were pretty similar.  Taking my healthy breast was never discussed, because there was really no reason to.  Everything was clear last Nov/Dec.  I have also been taking Tamoxifen to reduce the chance of something showing up in my left breast.  So...... what happened?  I have no idea.  I have had so many bad things happen to me over the past few years, it was like oh, no, couldn't be happening again.  But yep, it sure did.  I really think I should have my date tomorrow, the nurse who schedules for my PS was out today and I know that she had contacted surgery scheduling with possible dates and he said we would work something out so I did not have to wait.  I am an accountant and have been out the past two years at year end close, January of this year for the mastectomy and December of 2010 for hysterectomy.  I want so much to have my surgery over with and be back to work before year end.  My boss told me not to add work to my list of things to worry about, she said do what I have to do for me and they would take care of what needs done at work. 

I'm trying to think of what I needed at the hospital and at home after surgery and I must have blocked it from my mind. I have borrowed my daughter's IPOD and plan to record some of my favorite music to listen to at the hospital.  At least I won't have to deal with a giant abdominal incision and binder, but I have no idea what my back will feel like.  I just need to get myself psyched up for this and I will be fine.  Was just having a mini meltdown today, but feel better now. 

And call it an angel, call it a muse And call it karma that you've got comin' to you What's the difference? What's in a name? What matters most is never ever losin' faith 'Cause it's gonna be alright, you're not alone tonight Dx 12/2/2011, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 1/3/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Free TRAM flap Hormonal Therapy 1/20/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 10/10/2012, DCIS, Stage 0 Surgery 11/15/2012 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/12/2013 Reconstruction (left) Surgery 7/2/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
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Oct 18, 2012 07:28AM dessert1st wrote:

Cat, mini melt downs are good to get all that stuff out. I haven't had mine yet. I need to just let it go. You will do great and i hope you get a date that is soon.

Dx 9/17/2012, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 11/1/2012 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/16/2013 Reconstruction (right) Dx 1/6/2014 Surgery 2/13/2014 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement
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Oct 18, 2012 07:35AM dessert1st wrote:

Hollycat, Are you involved with the A-T national Group? i have a good friend involved with it with her son.
Hope you also get a date soon. What are you kind of surgery are you having?

Dx 9/17/2012, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 11/1/2012 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/16/2013 Reconstruction (right) Dx 1/6/2014 Surgery 2/13/2014 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement
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Oct 18, 2012 07:59AM Hollycat wrote:

Yes...There are not many of us with A-T kids so we are a close knit family. We have a very active FB group and an NIH webring. Who is your friend?

I am having a double with TE...will know my date on Friday (or so they say!)



Surgery 9/4/2012 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 9/6/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/31/2012 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 10/31/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 12/8/2012 Surgery 2/7/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 18, 2012 08:31AM kelmo2013 wrote:

Hollycat,  maybe you will know on Friday!!  I have a good friend (Kristina Parker Noto) who taught with me the last two years and she is from Birmingham.  She moved back to teach at Hoover this year.  Do you know any of the Parkers or Notos??  My hats off to you for being such a strong women!

Kelly Hammock Dx 9/3/2012, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR- Surgery 11/1/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Oct 18, 2012 08:47AM - edited Oct 18, 2012 08:47AM by Hollycat

I don't think I know her Kelmo..I used to teach in Hoover (many years ago!) To all of ya'll...I found some really good videos on You Tube (not of surgery itself..yucko!) but some made by women documenting their stories..Quite interesting. Almost everyone was surprised that it was not as bad as they thought it would be. All of them acknowledged pain, etc. but they all say the waiting is the hardest part!

Surgery 9/4/2012 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 9/6/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/31/2012 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 10/31/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 12/8/2012 Surgery 2/7/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 18, 2012 09:48AM - edited Oct 18, 2012 09:49AM by MNSusan

kelmo, I actually took Tamoxifen a little less than five years.  I developed horrible hives all over my trunk, especially my breasts.  Its used for breast cancers that are ER+.  It blocks estrogen receptors in the cells, hopefully reducing the risk of recurrences.  Its been used for 20+ years with good results. 

No, I won't need to take it again.  I think you can only take it once, but I'm not sure of that.  Lots of women do just fine on it, and some have side effects.  That was me.  I was sooo glad to be done with it!  And as it turns out, it didn't really do its thing for me.

Allergan Natrelle Style 45-700 ccs Dx 10/2005, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2 Surgery 12/2/2005 Lumpectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2006 Dx 10/2012, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Dx 11/7/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/7/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/16/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)

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