Topic: Surgery 6/22/2022

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

Posted on: Jun 23, 2022 05:48AM

Posted on: Jun 23, 2022 05:48AM

denise1465 wrote:

I had surgery yesterday and came home the same day. I have a single mastectomy. First, I was surprised at how big these drains are! I have two. Secondly, I had a tissue expander and it is already partially filled. I was surprised by it being filled a bit and also about how it feels- a big chunk of stuff in my chest lol. I had 3 tumors with the biggest one being 41 mm on the ultrasound. The good news is that the tumors were not contiguous. My sentinel lymph node had a micro metastasis of 1mm so I will most likely get radiation. Of course, now the wait for the pathology report.

This journey has been so hard, I am lucky to have a lot of family and friend support. I cannot imagine going through this alone. I am thinking about doing some volunteer work of some type in this area after I am through the radiation. I am so, so grateful for everyone and so grateful my surgery went so well. I think my life is now split into before cancer, and after cancer. I feel like I wasted so much of my life chasing money (not a rich person but I think a lot of us are like that), instead of focusing on what is important.

I read this forum pretty much daily, but do not post much. I want everyone to know how much I appreciate the experiences and hope that is shared.
Surgery 6/22/2022 Lymph node removal (Left): Sentinel; Mastectomy (Left): Simple Dx IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 23, 2022 07:50AM moderators wrote:

Dear Denise, thank you so much for your post and for letting us know about your experiences with surgery and reconstruction. In case you haven't seen it, here is a thread with wonderful tips and advice from our members for before and after surgery, like what to organize at home: Topic: Shopping/packing/to-do list for surgery + recovery....

Hope this helps! Wishing you a speedy and smooth recovery!

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Jun 23, 2022 05:17PM lw422 wrote:

Denise--I'm glad the surgery is behind you and I hope you will heal well without a lot of discomfort. Take care and let us know how it goes.

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