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Oct 4, 2021 12:35AM
Oct 4, 2021 12:40AM
April_bc - I'm glad to hear that your reconstruction went well. I'm sure this first week was difficult but I hope you are starting to feel better now.
Pchyen - thank you for the update on Nicole. I'm curious to know how she felt doing chemo first, then the surgery? I felt that the surgery was a tough recovery, but I'll be back to myself before chemo would begin. In her case, I would think that her body would be fatigued doing chemo first, then the surgery? Did she feel pretty good going into her surgery? Is she expected to do AI or more chemo after surgery?
Waves2stars - I keep thinking my stomach will split open too, every time I laugh or cough! I've started to put Mederma Scar gel on the stomach and underarm surgical scars hoping the healing will be softer and fade faster. The PS left the steristrip on the underside of the breast to keep it supported and avoid any splitting. So far it is working. Mine also has to heal from the inside out. The skin on my stomach is also very dry so I’m using a moisturizer there.
LGR239 - I hope you are feeling good being almost 2 weeks out from the surgery for expanders. How long must you deal with the expanders before the implants go in? As far as sleeping goes, I spentthe first 3 weeks in a recliner, so it felt most comfortable to me sleeping upright, or slightly toward non-surgical side with pillows all around. I'm in my bed now, which also reclines, but I have a harder time getting pillow support and getting comfortable.
The MDA board responded that I should not have any further lymph nodes removed due to the higher odds of developing lymphedema (30-40%) that would outweigh the benefits. That's seems like such high odds to me but I'm still mentally grappling with the possibility of leaving “isolated tumor cells" inside. Still waiting for my oncotype to come back before knowing which direction to go. I hope to get that back this week. I'm beginning to get impatient to figure out a posschemo schedule that won't leave me feeling unwell during the holidays.
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
10/24/2021 AC + T (Taxotere)