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May 27, 2019 03:48PM
Teresa, Boymomof3 and RoseMHales welcome!
Teresa, I know it's difficult to have positive thoughts before surgery. I wish I had found my first surgery board before my mastectomy. I actually joined 3 days after, and this is now my fourth surgery board. Hugs to you and sending positive thoughts. The best advice I got after BMX was not to try to do things too soon. Use only T-Rex arms (i.e. only your arm below the elbow and your hands, no lifting, reaching etc.).
I bought a large tablet before surgery and it was a life saver. I could binge watch whatever I wanted on Wi-Fi. Or maybe listen to e-books.
BoyMom – Sending positive thoughts. All of my surgery boards were active before during and after surgery, sometimes for several months. I still connect with some of my surgery sisters through other boards.
Rose – Sending hugs and positive thoughts. Talk with your husband about your feelings. My dh has been my biggest support system throughout. He goes to all of my appointments with me even if he doesn't come back with me. I'm always worried that if he is not there, I will get bad news. He wasn't at the hospital with me when I found out that I would have to have a biopsy after a follow-up mammo. I remind him of that.
Please know that this board will be here to support you throughout!
As for me, I postponed going back to my surgeon for as long as I could. This is my second revision and he was very honest with me. Capsular contracture is not supposed to reoccur and there's a good chance that it will happen again after my June 17 surgery. Because I haven't had time to look into other options, much less wrap my head around them, I am at least buying myself some time with this revision.
Hope everyone had a good holiday weekend. Sadly, I worked most of it.
Diagnosed at age 48. Oncotype DX 11. BRCA Neg. Additional Therapy: Lupron & Gabapentin 2/5/15. Truncal Lymphedema 9/2/16. Capsular Contracture 2/10/17 & May 2019. .Writer, photographer, mother of two autistic children. Vegetarian and Gluten-Free
10/10/2014, ILC, Right, <1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
12/3/2014, ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
12/3/2014, LCIS, Both breasts, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
12/3/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
7/27/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
3/20/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
6/17/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant