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Nov 26, 2019 03:42PM
Hello! I am new to posting here, but have learned so much by lurking since October when I was first diagnosed. I have a family history (mother who passed at 26 yrs old in 1971, and maternal grandmother who was dx at 75 yrs old in 1997, who then lived until she was 93), so have carefully monitored myself and fortunately we found my cancer early.
I had a bilateral mastectomy with bilateral SNB, no reconstruction, last Tuesday the 19th. I spent the night at the hospital and then have done well at home without any problems thankfully. I could not get my two drains out quite yet, but the Prevena wound vac came off today and all my incisions are healing well! I really feel better than I expected, as I've only had a few much more minor surgeries previously.
Three years ago I had a lumpectomy/excisional biopsy of a benign papilloma with some ADH in the left breast,. I kind of wanted prophylactic mastectomies back then, but my genetic testing came back negative so we kept watching and waiting.
When I got diagnosed in Oct I was ready to cut them both off, but I had an interesting second opinion meeting with the doctors at MD Anderson in Houston who advised lumpectomy would give approximately the same outcome. I was leaning that way, until they did a more extensive workup of my right breast and those results changed my mind -
DCIS, LCIS, and ALH. Off!!! I feel very at peace with the decision, and feel my odds are quite excellent with a little chemo and hormone cocktail in the near future.
I hope everyone else has a smooth recovery, and a very Blessed Thanksgiving. I for one am so grateful for the scientific developments that have come about since my mother's and even grandmother 's time. I feel very hopeful that we are going to be on the other side of this nasty business before we know it!
Love and prayers ~Jana
10/1/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
10/23/2019, LCIS/DCIS, Right, 0/1 nodes
11/19/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right