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Topic: November 2018 Surgery Support Group

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

Posted on: Oct 17, 2018 08:23PM - edited Dec 8, 2018 06:18PM by evily

evily wrote:

I apologize if there's already a thread for this, but I couldn't find one. Anyone else going in for surgery in November? I'm scheduled for bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction on Nov 13. I'm rather nervous and not at all looking forward to the long recovery (I am a very active person, so not being able to be active will be SO hard). But I'm optimistic that I will recover well, and will be glad to be rid of my little cancer factories. :)

Cheers!


November-ish 2018 Surgeries

10/24 - JennieKeaton, BMX

10/29 - BluGene, PMX

11/1 - HockeyChick, UMX

11/2 - kells2357, BMX

11/6 - mnsotamom74, BMX

11/7 - Dovely, reconstruction

11/7 - Joy4Joy, BMX

11/8 - Dyannah, lumpectomy

11/9 - crossh, BMX

11/12 - borogirl, BMX

11/12 - cjzach10, BMX w/DIEP flap

11/12 - Spiritedcharm, BMX

11/12 - Christine1975, BMX

11/13 - Elisabeth_W, UMX

11/13 - evily, BMX

11/13 - Heatherautumn, BMX w/Lat flap

11/13 - JB1165, lumpectomy

11/13 - oya80, BMX

11/13 - RB_NY73, lumpectomy

11/14 - boogirl, BMX

11/14 - RosieRed, BMX

11/15 - jamiesue, BMX

11/15 - Renee04, BMX with TUG recon

11/15 - sugarmaple, UMX

11/16 - MCBaker, UMX

11/16 - SafetyGuy, BMX

11/19 - Jayco921, BMX

11/19 - tlc4me, lumpectomy

11/20 - Sherylann987, BMX

11/21 - Debkap, UMX or BMX

11/23 - Mariett, BMX

11/23 - SarahNola, BMX

11/28 - cbmom3, reconstruction

11/28 - Liz627, BMX

11/29 - Kerri_Oz, BMX

11/29 - Kstinekd, BMX

11/30 - FaceForward, lumpectomy

11/30 - Wigging2000, BMX

12/19 - coclico, BMX

TBD - HPFULL, lumpectomy


Dx at age 40 Dx 10/10/2018, LCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 11/13/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Oct 30, 2018 12:48PM HockeyChick_CA49 wrote:

Thank you Jamiesue! I'm nervous but looking forward to getting this over with. One more milestone to check off the list.

Dx 6/8/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 6/22/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 11/1/2018 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 12/18/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Chemotherapy 2/21/2019 Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Oct 30, 2018 08:11PM Renee04 wrote:

Hi everyone! I'm a member of the November club.... scheduled for BMX Nov. 15 with TUG reconstruction. I'm trying to make it through my last three days of work 0before all my pre-ops start next week. I was diagnosed 9/30/18 and waiting for the surgery has been very stressful as I feel like the cancer is just spreading each day despite my doctors' reassurance. I'm glad that I found some fellow "November breast mates". I look forward to reading about all of your journeys and supporting you along the way.

Dx 9/30/2018, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/14/2018 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): TUG flap; Reconstruction (right): TUG flap Radiation Therapy 3/12/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 4/17/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 30, 2018 08:29PM evily wrote:

Welcome Renee04! I actually had to Google TUG reconstruction because I wasn't familiar with it - very fascinating! I know what you mean about feeling like the cancer is spreading the longer you have to wait for surgery... BUT, just know that breast cancer is typically very slow growing, so even waiting a couple of months or more for surgery is not considered risky. So, even though I know it's hard, try not to worry. You're gonna be okay! :-)

Dx at age 40 Dx 10/10/2018, LCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 11/13/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Oct 30, 2018 08:38PM Renee04 wrote:

Thanks evily. I know you are right. I'm hanging in there.

Dx 9/30/2018, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/14/2018 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): TUG flap; Reconstruction (right): TUG flap Radiation Therapy 3/12/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 4/17/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 30, 2018 09:14PM MCBaker wrote:

I am getting nervous about living alone, and the process of recovery. Most of my family lives quite a ways away from here, and my sister, the nearest relative, is going to have surgery just a few says earlier, so she won't be available to help. I have a male friend, our relationship is in the very early stages of <<maybe>>, and he is going to have surgery in several months. I have friends from church who will be willing to help, but I don't know how much. I am going to meet with a motherly friend who has been through it next week, but.... I am just scared of being alone, and having to do everything for myself.

Mary Dx 10/3/2018, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Dx 11/16/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 11/16/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy 12/19/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/19/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 6/28/2019 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Saline implant
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Oct 31, 2018 10:09AM - edited Oct 31, 2018 10:18AM by CasM

Hello everyone,

Is a wire localized excisional biopsy considered a lumpectomy?

Edited: I found a good conversation from 2011 in regards to the difference. BLUF, a biopsy is for diagnosis and a lumpectomy for removal of cancer.

ALH diagnosis Oct 2018
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Oct 31, 2018 08:06PM Dovely wrote:

hi guys! I’m joining this group for my reconstructive surgary on 11/7. I had a BMX in 10/24 that was supposed to be DTI but I had to postpone two weeks because my tissue wasn’t happy. I did vacs for a week and got them off Monday. Waiting waiting...

Dx 10/9/2018, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 10/18/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/23/2018 Lymph node removal: Left, Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 11/6/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 31, 2018 08:13PM mnsotamom74 wrote:

bilateral double mastectomy scheduled for November 6

Dx 10/25/2018, DCIS/IDC/IDC: Cribriform, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 11/5/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 1/6/2019 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/3/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Nov 2, 2018 12:36PM - edited Nov 2, 2018 12:36PM by RosieRed

BluGene, HockeyChick, and kells2357...wishing you the best. Hope you are doing well.

Dx 5/9/2018, LCIS/DCIS, Both breasts, 6cm+, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 8/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 6/14/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 11/14/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 12/1/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 4/8/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 10/1/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Dx 2/9/2021, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 2/21/2021 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 2/21/2021 Ibrance (palbociclib)
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Nov 2, 2018 12:53PM BluGene wrote:

@RosieRed

I’m feeling great today. Some tugging and uncomfortable feeling in my breast when I’m up and about. I do wish I was able to find a wire free bra before my surgery. There was none locally here with a front closure, and I didn’t have enough time to travel or order online. I think that would make the difference, though, so, something for those to consider who will also have pmx or lumpectomy this month.

I could have gone back to work even yesterday, save for the fact I don’t have a proper bra to wear. I’m feeling well, healing well, and in good spirits. I get intense itching from time to time, and not even at incision site. My neck and ribcage would be so itchy it would keep me up at night. All that’s is getting better now too.

Thinking of HockeyChick and Kells today!

My next step will be a dmx. I’m not sure what that time frame is going to be, but I expect within 6 mo to a year.

I will be getting results on Nov 13. Could have got them sooner, but I’m going out of town on a conference, and I didn’t want to know until after.

Dx 10/22/2018, DCIS, Right, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+ Surgery 10/28/2018 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 12/12/2018 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Nov 2, 2018 01:12PM - edited Nov 2, 2018 01:13PM by Debkap

This was a reply to MCBaker:

I wonder if your doctor makes the request if you could get a visiting home nurse for even a couple of days? Even if they just came for 30 min. or an hour, you could have help with dressings/drains and maybe some personal care?

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Nov 2, 2018 01:44PM MCBaker wrote:

My insurance will pay for a home health care aide. And I will check into it if no-one steps up to the plate. A friend who is a nurse will be bringing me home. I think I just need to wait for a while and see what happens. I would rather have someone who I already know. But maybe I will also qualify for a few visits from a visiting nurse.

Thanks for the reassurance. It will all happen in due time.

Mary Dx 10/3/2018, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Dx 11/16/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 11/16/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy 12/19/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/19/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 6/28/2019 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Saline implant
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Nov 2, 2018 03:32PM BluGene wrote:

Got my results back already!

Good news is it is not invasive.

However, I’ve been bumped up to High Grade DCIS. Solid form with necrosis.

Also, there was one margin at 1.5mm

They suggest rads, but I so badly want to avoid it. I’m 35, so my age is playing a part in the treatment plan. I want to just do dmx and cross my fingers it will be over.

I’m being referred to the cancer clinic for further discussion.

Dx 10/22/2018, DCIS, Right, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+ Surgery 10/28/2018 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 12/12/2018 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Nov 2, 2018 08:36PM Kstinekd wrote:

Hi borogirl and all! I'm having prophylactic nipple sparing BMX on Nov. 12 and will have pre-pectoral tissue expanders and eventually silicone gummy implants. Going in for pre-ops next week. Met with integrative medicine specialist this week who did guided imagining to prep for surgery. It was really interesting. Heading back there again in four week post-op for nutrition guidance. Anxious to get this moving. I was diagnosed on my wedding anniversary and the day before my daughters bday in early October. It's been a whirlwind and emotional roller coaster. The forums are helpful and also a bit scary sometimes. I also just received genetics test results that I am CHK-2 positive. I am having test for a larger panel in case there are any other genetic variants. I have two daughters who are 8 and 11...I am 45....so I am trying to care for myself and also feel bad that they may have inherited this from me. Only one family member of mine (a living aunt who had the same cancer at same age as me), as far back as my family remembers, has ever had cancer....so its frustrating that it has popped up in me. But I guess it's time to move on and do what I need to do. Hanging in there and waiting for surgery.

BTW....I have read some posts about feeling helpless and feeling like it is spreading. I started growing broccoli sprouts. It supposedly stops the cancer from spreading and could potentially kill the cells. Who really knows, but at least I feel like I am doing something to help the cause for now. :) And it's fun to grow them.

Dx 10/9/2018, ILC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 11/29/2018 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 1/3/2019 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 5/15/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 9/18/2019 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Nov 2, 2018 10:19PM SarahNola wrote:

hi ladies! happy to have found y’all! I have a BMX scheduled for 11/30.

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Nov 3, 2018 07:36AM MCBaker wrote:

Welcome, Sarah.

Kstine, those broc sprouts might be just the placebo I need. All of the cruciferous vegs are good. https://www.drfuhrman.com/library/eat-to-live-blog...

I am going to help the church ladies get ready for a funeral luncheon today, so I can talk about my fears of being alone during recovery. Probably why they called me, now that I think about it.

Mary Dx 10/3/2018, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Dx 11/16/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 11/16/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy 12/19/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/19/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 6/28/2019 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Saline implant
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Nov 5, 2018 03:34PM Jayco921 wrote:

I would like to be added to the November group. I was dx’d with IDC in early October. What a whirlwind this has been. Having my bmx on November 19. I believe I will have TE’s but DTI would be awesome. Looking forward to sharing support as we are all on this journey together.

Dx 10/8/2018, IDC, Right, Surgery: BMX 11/19/2018
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Nov 5, 2018 05:03PM - edited Nov 6, 2018 08:07AM by MCBaker

I just received a phone call from the clinic. They were finalizing the pre-authorization request and ordering supplies. Wanted to know if I was sure I wanted unilateral. I explained again that lefty faithfully fed my two babies for a total of five years, and that means a lot to me, for the same reason that I want to keep righty's nipple if possible. Righty never delivered as much milk, because of a biopsy when I was 18. Maybe the nipple can go, was always a bit deformed because of medical stupidity.

Edited to add:

I start thinking of medical stupidity, and noted that I see more left-sided BC here. I looked it up, and sure enough, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23... Probably because the left side is more able to steal blood supply being closer to the heart. I have/had two second degree relatives, the genetics are not that strong. I think it is due to the mangling that happened when I was 18. But genetic testing might reveal something.

Mary Dx 10/3/2018, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Dx 11/16/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 11/16/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy 12/19/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/19/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 6/28/2019 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Saline implant
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Nov 5, 2018 05:31PM crossh wrote:

I'm having prophylactic nipple sparing BMX and pre-pectoral TEs on November 9 with silicone implants when ready to replace TE. Four days away and I'm pretty much freaking out. I guess that's normal :). Will try to post after with updates.

Dx 9/1/2016, DCIS/IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+, HER2+ Surgery 9/30/2016 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 11/1/2016 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 5/1/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right Surgery 1/3/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Nov 6, 2018 08:39AM JennieKeaton wrote:

I don't know how to add my name to the list above - my surgery was 10/24, but I just found this group. Had bilateral mastectomy with tissue expanders. Starting chemo 11.27.

Dx 9/26/2018, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 10/24/2018 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/27/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Nov 6, 2018 10:33AM evily wrote:

Greetings to all the new group members! My apologies for being delinquent in adding you to the list; I was on vacation in lovely Jamaica and just got back last night, so I'm getting caught up. Everyone should be added now. :)

Wishing good luck to mnsotamom74, Dovely, Dyannah, and crossh this week!

Today I have my pre-surgery lymphadema evaluation, and tomorrow I meet with the genetic counselor. Things are moving quickly now!

MCBaker, you and I are in similar situations in that we will both be recovering from this surgery alone. Yes I have friends who have offered to help, but I would prefer someone medically knowledgeable to help me with wound care and such. So I am definitely going to look into having a home health care aide come visit me post-surgery.

Dx at age 40 Dx 10/10/2018, LCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 11/13/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Nov 6, 2018 11:36AM JennieKeaton wrote:

MCBaker and evily - tomorrow I am two weeks post op. I live alone, and have been very independent. My mother came to stay with me for surgery - I expected it to be a week or two - looks like it's going to be another two (total of four weeks). I have to honestly say I don't know how I'd be doing this alone. The biggest issues for me have been the chest/torso tightness and weakness to lift, etc. For example, I didn't even have the strength to lift up or put down the sofa recliner. Little things like that. Perhaps I could do more if forced, but I honestly have been less able on my own than I thought. The worst day was the second morning after I came home - I was so stiff I couldn't get out of bed and down the hall alone - I simply couldn't move well enough. Don't want to scare you - just hope this helps you plan some.


Dx 9/26/2018, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 10/24/2018 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/27/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Nov 6, 2018 11:37AM JennieKeaton wrote:

MCBaker and evily - tomorrow I am two weeks post op. I live alone, and have been very independent. My mother came to stay with me for surgery - I expected it to be a week or two - looks like it's going to be another two (total of four weeks). I have to honestly say I don't know how I'd be doing this alone. The biggest issues for me have been the chest/torso tightness and weakness to lift, etc. For example, I didn't even have the strength to lift up or put down the sofa recliner. Little things like that. Perhaps I could do more if forced, but I honestly have been less able on my own than I thought. The worst day was the second morning after I came home - I was so stiff I couldn't get out of bed and down the hall alone - I simply couldn't move well enough. Don't want to scare you - just hope this helps you plan some.


Dx 9/26/2018, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 10/24/2018 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/27/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Nov 6, 2018 02:30PM MCBaker wrote:

BawlingHug

Mary Dx 10/3/2018, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Dx 11/16/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 11/16/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy 12/19/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/19/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 6/28/2019 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Saline implant
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Nov 6, 2018 10:03PM Dyannah wrote:

I am sorry not to have been around to support you lady's. My brain is still trying to grasp it sll

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Nov 6, 2018 10:22PM borogirl wrote:

Had my pre-op at hospital today and was able to speak with anesthesiologist about possibility of nerve blocks for surgery. He said he has no issue with doing Pecs 1 and Pecs 2 nerve blocks and said it “substantially” reduces pain. Should reduce nausea after surgery and need for opiods for pain. My BS and PS didn’t really have much opinion about it and said to check with anesthesia people. Very happy to be able to have this option.

Prayers for all of you having your surgery this week and hope all who have already had theirs are felling better everyday.


Surgery 3/13/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 11/12/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement
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Nov 7, 2018 03:23PM - edited Nov 7, 2018 03:46PM by RB_NY73

Hello, November Warriors!!

I would be ever so grateful to be part of this group as I am having surgery on November 13th... same day as evily. I am 45 and a wife and mother of two (20&17). So glad to have found this thread for information, encouragement and support!

Even though I was very recently diagnosed; and with much dilemma and consideration of all the pros and cons for myself personally... I have decided to go with a lumpectomy with radiation. Mainly based on my recurrence percentage wise rate being the same with either procedure. I was fortunate to be able to get this surgery date before my family leaves for vacation on the day after Thanksgiving to NOLA (we've had it planned since the beginning of the summer). Hopefully, I will be fully recovered by then??? I've read it takes a week and a half to two weeks for full recovery if all goes well with no complications. Fingers crossed. What's next if I'm cleared for surgery by my primary?

So, just spent the day today with my primary for surgical pre-ops... answering questions, doing blood tests and having an EKG. Tomorrow they are placing in my SAVI SCOUT reflector localization device (in lieu of wire localization the day of). I'm told it's the size of a grain of rice and the procedure itself is similar to doing a biopsy. Yesterday, I did a breast MRI that took longer than expected (results came back fine), so it's been a crazy couple of days. Lots happening in a short amount of time.

I'm hoping I'll have time to take a breath before surgery date as I have been (prior to being diagnosed) coordinating the food and table centerpieces for our Stewardship Campaign Lucheon for 125 members of our church. It will be held on the Sunday the 18th, but I am trying to get most of the hard work done prior to surgery and at the very least be well enough to direct the set up on the day of... as I've heard you're good to resume normal activities by day 3 or 4 after surgery.

Wishing everyone all the best for smooth surgeries and an even smoother recoveries!!! ♥


Dx 10/22/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 11/13/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Nov 7, 2018 03:52PM evily wrote:

Welcome RB_NY73! Hopefully we will both have successful procedures on Nov 13! I had a wire-localized surgical biopsy last year and was pretty much okay to resume my usual activities after just a couple of days, so I think you will be okay to supervise your church luncheon. Supervise, don't do any of the heavy lifting (literal or figurative!). :-)

Dx at age 40 Dx 10/10/2018, LCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 11/13/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Nov 7, 2018 04:04PM evily wrote:

borogirl, I am intrigued by this nerve block option. I wonder if it will be an option for me! I have my pre-op on Monday, so I will ask about it then. I would love to reduce nausea and limit my need for heavy pain drugs post-op.

Dx at age 40 Dx 10/10/2018, LCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 11/13/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant

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