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Topic: Mastectomy done!

Forum: IDC (Invasive Ductal Carcinoma) — Just diagnosed, in treatment, or finished treatment for IDC.

Posted on: Feb 15, 2017 07:29PM

Jbird0614 wrote:

Hey sisters,

I was wandering around the Internet because I feel like I've had these drains forever and I thought it was unusual. But I found some conversations on here that made me feel better about having these dang things still producing like crazy. So I've joined.

From being just diagnosed or fresh outta surgery, this site seems to be very helpful.

I had a bilateral mastecomy with nipple sparing and placement of expanders on the 25th of Jan. Great results so far (well relatively speaking because they look weird!) anyone else do nipple sparing? Or want to just complain about these stupid drains? I'm always game for that! Am I doing too much? I don't know what's wrong with me, but after three weeks I'm still pumping out some fluid! I feel like a dang garden hose.

I'm all over the place! I'm just happy to have some place to go with people that understand. This has been quite a journey I will say. I thought I was a strong person, until I had surgery. Chemo was a breeze when compared to surgery. But I'm healing beautifully and very happy with my choices.

PS, I hated it when people told me "it'll get better". But, from one warrior to another ... it does get better.

Love - J

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Feb 15, 2017 07:31PM Moderators wrote:

Welcome, Jbird! Thank you for sharing your experiences and perspective with us. We hope you find this community to be a source of support when you need it. Best of luck with your continued healing!

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Feb 15, 2017 08:50PM MinusTwo wrote:

Jbird - welcome even though we're sorry you had to join. You might find the best fit at a February Surgery thread right now. Are you going to have rads? When you get a chance, do go fill in your information at My Profile so others will be able to respond in kind.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Feb 15, 2017 09:05PM Freya wrote:

Hi and welcome Jbird. Happy for you that your surgery has gone well. The drains will soon be a distant memory, although it seems like forever at the time.

Dx 2009, ILC/IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 14/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 20, 2017 11:44PM Reina_de_los_changos wrote:

Drains! UGH! I hated them! They seemed to take forever to come out and I was constantly complaining about them. I had surgery first, then chemo. I actually think the chemo has been harder. I guess it's different for everyone. Good luck! :

Dx 8/16/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/16 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/9/2016 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 10/12/2016 AC + T (Taxol)

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