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Aug 30, 2021 02:16PM
Waves2stars - I think I'm using your term from now on, the Flap Stack at Jack in the Box! So I checked with my PS today about the "stacked" vs "flap" DIEP. He said that if someone is doing only one breast, and they don't have much breast tissue to work with,(ie they are thin) they will often "stack" which gives them a better contour and shape, In my case, I am only doing one breast, but I have lots of breast tissue to work with (ie big boobs), therefore, no "stacking" is necessary. LOL! Not sure if I believe that explanation, but there it is! The lumpectomy is much easier to recover from since it is typically just one incision to take the lump out and then closure. For me, it was a non-event in terms of recovery. I don't even remember having drains, but, of course, that depends on the size of the tumor being removed too.
I was absolutely LIVID that I was diagnosed with BC again 13 years later. I mean, seriously. this is a disease that never leaves you alone and just when you think, yep, that chapter of my life is over, up rears its ugly head. It pissed me off that I had to go through this all over again. But once I got past my belligerence and being pissed beyond belief, I realized how lucky I was and how thankful I should be that I DID keep going for my mammograms and MO checks EVERY year. Because it was caught early. It was also not invasive and once my breast is gone, I will *never* have to think about BC cells again, as my odds will be reduced to no higher than any other woman out there. Can I get it in the other breast? Sure, but I'll cross that bridge if I get there.
macdebbie - I know the unknown is frightening, but your lumpectomy will be smooth sailing! It is far easier than a mastectomy by a long shot. You'll basically be back to normal in about a week, max, and you'll feel much better knowing the dread cancer is GONE! Although I haven't been through it, I'm pretty sure that recovery from your cervical cancer was worse than your lumpectomy will be. For me, the Tamoxifen was way worse than the lumpectomy! I hated that drug, but everyone handles the drug differently and you may just sail right through your treatment.
4/2008, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, ER+, HER2+
5/5/2008 Lumpectomy: Left
7/1/2008 3DCRT: Breast
11/30/2008 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
9/2021, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
9/8/2021 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap