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Nov 28, 2018 05:59PM
Nov 28, 2018 05:59PM
My bio gives most of the details. I have no idea why I'm checking things out tonight, maybe it's meant to be.
In February 2018, I had yet another recon on my right breast - extensive scar tissue (I knew it from the first recon, but took a while to convince doctors) - I took it really careful and easy until I was 6 months post-op for fear of recurring scarring - that's a long story if anyone is interested, it could be another thread.
I had bilateral nipple sparing preventative mastectomy in May 2012 due to lumps, LCIS, and frustration with pain and anxiety.
Pathology revealed that I had ILC Stage 1 (6mm tumor). Took tamoxifen for five years. Had the genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA 2 - negative (but that only means it wasn't those two). Had the genetic testing for Lynch Syndrome (not exactly right, but I can't remember the name now) - negative (history of colorectal cancer and uterine disease in my maternal family line). Had the testing to determine if continuing tamoxifen for an additional five years was beneficial for me - negative.
In December 2015, I had both of my breast implants redone due to scarring and dissatisfaction. During the same anesthesia, I had a TVLAH (trans vaginal laparoscopic assisted hysterectomy) - I got to keep my right ovary - everything else is gone (most likely side effects to a previous heat ablation of my uterus and tamoxifen).
Only now, in the last month, have I begun to be happier with my body and all of the influences of surgeries, medications, hormones (or lack thereof), and weight fluctuations.
I'm glad that I had the preventative bilateral mastectomy - without it, I wouldn't have known that I had cancer at an early stage.
I'm not glad that the uncertainties of reconstruction were not well explained or understood before PBM.
I'm glad to be me... and that's a long journey.
Looks like I need to edit my profile!!!
5/29/2012 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
6/6/2012, ILC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
8/2/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
8/3/2012 Reconstruction (right)