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Reconstruction surgery a success!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

It's been a long 9 months since discovering I had a return of my breast cancer, for the 3rd time. I went through more surgeries and a strong coarse of chemo. I debated whether to try breast reconstruction again. I had a bilateral mastectomy in 2006 and had reconstruction after that, the DR. didn't do a good job, I was left with bad plastic surgery, a staph infection and a hole in my chest, The implants he had put in had to come out and I was glad, they were too big and not at all what I wanted. I lived over 2 years without a chest, before cancer struck again. I am lucky with my 3rd breast cancer diagnosis, only 1 lymph node was affected, my prognosis for a long life is very good. I decided the "flat as a board" look wasn't for me. I researched plastic surgeon's in my area and found one who listened to me and said she could repair and restore what I had lost. I had lost much skin and tissue, so she told me new techniques were available where pig tissue is used to rebuild my breast area. She also told me she would use the smallest implants possible, as that was what I wanted. My surgery was three weeks ago, and yesterday I saw my plastic surgeon, she says I am healing nicely. Now this has not been an easy 3 weeks. This has been my 8th surgery related to all my breast cancer and reconstruction issues, but it has also been the most painful. In order for a woman to get implants who has undergone a mastectomy, the pectoral muscles must be pulled and stretched. I am happy the pain is slowly easing up. I have been told it will be about a 6 week recovery, that's ok with me. I am happy I will be feeling better by summer. I couldn't be happier with my new womanly figure. It has been a rough road, but the results bring a smile to my face and my Husband's! Man, I feel like a woman! Inga emoticon

  
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JAZZID 5/23/2009 4:49PM

    Great news Inga... I am doing the "happy dance"... emoticon... I will be glad when I get to the point where you are...

I am happy for you... Take care... emoticon ~ Dee ~

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URSULAVAN 5/22/2009 1:12PM

    Great news! I'm so glad you're on the mend. Your positive attitude really is inspiring. Glad you found a doctor who listened!

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RUTHIEBEAR 5/22/2009 8:52AM

    I am so happy for you that things are going well. I applaud your great attitude after being through all of this. Take care and God bless.
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PRINCESSDI733 5/22/2009 7:56AM

    Inga - Your positive attitude and determination are truly inspiring. Congrats on fighting breast cancer 3 times! Keep up the positive attitude and enjoy the long life you still have ahead of you!

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 5/21/2009 11:28PM

    WOO HOO that is awesome news!! Congrats on feeling better physically and mentally. You are an inspiration to us all. Keep up the good job and get lots of rest.
HUGS,
Kathy

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TEALADY0531 5/21/2009 10:43PM

    I'm so glad you're healing and happy! Blessings to you! emoticon

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STANNER3 5/21/2009 9:33PM

    So happy that you're healing well and feeling better. I didn't have to have such extensive surgery, and marvel at all of you extremely strong women who just do it and move on, just another day for you! You have my admiration and my support, keep up the good work!

Suzanne

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IVYLASS 5/21/2009 8:18PM

    Wow, you've had a tough row to hoe! I've always said breast cancer only strikes the strongest women, because we're the only ones who can handle it! I'm so glad you found a surgeon who will listen to you and do a good job.

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 5/21/2009 7:31PM

    emoticon emoticon I'm soooooo glad the beautiful woman I've come to love and appreciate is healing soooooo nicely for her Man!!!! You deserve only the very best, my dear, dear friend!!!
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TERJEGOLD 5/21/2009 5:06PM

    I'm so glad you are happy with your reconstruction. Like you, I tried reconstruction after my double mastectomy but, when a cancer reoccurrance necessitated surgery in the same area I begged for the implants to be removed. I've been flat chested, concave really because of scar adhesions, and I am much happier than with the large implants.

Congratulations on finding a surgeon who understood what you wanted and was able to deliver on her promises. May this surgery be your very last and may you live a long and healthy life!!!!

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MARGO1966 5/21/2009 5:04PM

    Congratulations!! I'm glad you're starting to feel better, and that the surgery went well.

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I beat Breast Cancer for a 3rd time & reached my weight goal!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The last 8 months have been difficult. As a 2x breast cancer survivor I had hopes of staying cancer free, but last August I discovered a lump under my arm. I had been a Spark People member for about 8 months at that time, struggling to conquer late night eating and drop 15 pounds. The lump turned out to be a reoccurance of the breast cancer. I underwent many medical tests to check for a spread of the disease and had 2 surgeries in october. In november I began a rigorous course of 6 chemo treatments, I was very sick. My support system at Spark People was amazing. I'd come to my computer to read words of comfort, receive spark goodies and spark mail's of support. I couldn't get out much, chemo took the life out of me. I finally reached my weight goal in mid-january, but didn't know if it would last. I am happy to report my weight loss has stayed the same now for over 2 months, so I did it! emoticon Chemo ended a month ago and my PET/CT scan has found me to be cancer-free. My treatments and my attempt at weight loss were successful, and that = one happy me. emoticonI give thanks to God for this healing, & emoticonSP! emoticonYou have been a constant source of kindness and sunshine! Inga emoticon

  
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GYMMAN59 4/15/2009 7:39PM

    Way to Go I am a 4 year survivor Cancer Sucks but if you keep a positive frame of mind it makes it a lot easier to deal with,You are a very strong person and a inspiration to all those who will get diagnosed today Keep up the great job

God Bless
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MAGA99 4/3/2009 4:07PM

    GOD BLESS

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JAZZID 4/3/2009 8:15AM

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MOB8/2009 4/3/2009 5:45AM

    I'm so very happy for you, Inga. I know how hard chemo is, but if you were sick, you never let on to us! You were always cheerful, upbeat, and supportive. You're an inspiration.

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IVYLASS 4/2/2009 9:14PM

    I am so happy for you!! I also recently had a clean PET and CT and mammogram...can't tell you what a relief that was (oh, yes I can, you know what I'm talking about!)

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WYOBZM 4/2/2009 8:59PM

    What a wonderful person you must be to overcome cancer 3 times. lose weight and still be so positive. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SYREN3340 4/2/2009 3:15PM

  Inga,

You are a wonderful person & deserve everything good that comes your way!! Here's to staying cancer free!!!!

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HUMMINGBIRD83 4/2/2009 12:01PM

    This is wonder new. Wish you the best.

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BLUEWILLOW527 4/2/2009 10:47AM

    Hi Inga!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!
I am so very happy for you!! You are such an inspiration to me and all of us BC survivors! I haven't been on SP much lately, but I am so glad I came on today to see your post. I wish you all the best for continued wellness!
Love and Hugs,
from Mary Jo
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BUFFCESSNA 4/2/2009 9:23AM

    That's amazing Inga. Congratulations!!!

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FLUFFYWONKENOBE 4/1/2009 11:02PM

    So happy for you Inga! I'm celebrating all your victories with you! And all the while you & Kathy managed to keep our team going while I was running wild and misbehaving! Thank you so much for all that you do, you are an incredible woman and a magnificent co-leader! Love you girl!
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URSULAVAN 4/1/2009 8:23PM

    That's SO wonderful, Inga! You really are an inspiration to all of us.... such strength, perseverence, and determination! Congrats on your health and your goal!

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LUVS2EXERCISE 4/1/2009 7:56PM

    I'm so happy for you Inga!!!! You truly are an inspiration to me!!! Congrats on your weight loss and being healthy!!! Keep up the great work!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonLove ya, Jen

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Meat, Eggs, Cheese, Green Veggies & Water

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Why these foods, well I had a PET/CAT Scan yesterday and this is all I could eat 24 hours before, it wasn't easy. I am not a huge fan of eggs,so I ate some cheese for my lunch, then my son who sings in a Swedish Choir had a performance. All this delicious food was set out for the people who attended. There wasn't one thing on those tables I could eat, even though I had restricted foods from my diet before, this was incredibly hard. I tried to smile emoticonas my Husband and son enjoyed every bite they took. Feeling like I was suffering from starvation I made a steak, green beans and asparagus for dinner, now I felt satisfied. The reason for the scans is to see if my chemo was successful, I have had breast cancer 3 times and I hope the scan declares me cancer free. I am waiting for my results and I feel positive that I will hear good news from my doctor. emoticonI also wanted to add that the reason for eating these things is they require you to eat no carbs, in order to perform these tests. They inject you with a substance that will illuminate cancer if it is found. I am leaning on God, I am going to be a survivor!
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SPARQUEE 4/1/2009 6:49PM

    You inspire me and give me courage.

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IVYLASS 3/31/2009 6:38PM

    I saw your update...congrats on kicking cancer out!!

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IVYLASS 3/31/2009 6:38PM

    I saw your update...congrats on kicking cancer out!!

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JSTINMT 3/26/2009 3:23PM

    So Inga . . . what did the scan say???????

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LOLLIPOP62 3/25/2009 9:32AM

    I'm so in awe of you. I'm inspired by your attitude and goals. You will overcome the cancer again!! I'm praying for you right now and sending warm hugs!! P.S. I love steak...haven't had one in a few months. Never heard of eating like that before a scan. Anything I've ever had done required fasting and it was awful LOL! Keep us posted.
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LUVS2EXERCISE 3/24/2009 9:23PM

    Stay strong Inga, I'm so proud of you at how far you've come....you can and will beat this!!! You are and will continue to be in my prayers!!! I'm here for you always! emoticon emoticonLove Jen

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KEVANSRT 3/24/2009 6:41PM

    We'll keep our fingers crossed and say a prayer! emoticon

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