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LHUGHES69
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6/19/08 3:51 P

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I understand about not wanting any more surgeries. My mom's tram failed horribly and left her tummy more like the grand canyon than a tummy.

I'm so glad you are ok now and are getting back into shape. I hired a trainer at the YMCA to help me with weight training until I was able to do them sufficiently by myself.

After about 3 10 week sessions, I am now able to do just about anything (with the exception of 2 and that's just because I'm short, not that I can't do them because of the surgeries).

Keep working at it, things do get easier eventually. Sometimes eventually just takes it's time getting here.


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MELINDA413
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6/19/08 1:11 P

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My plastic surgeon suggested this method, but I did not want to consider it. I am very young and support myself financially 100%. The extra time this surgery would have required off for the recovery would have severely affected me paying my bills. Also I was not very open to the idea of cutting into another part of my body to fix my breasts. I know a lot of women have had that done and are fine with it, but I had soo many surgeries in one year I don't think that me or my body could take anything else!!
Thanks for the welcome and support!



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6/19/08 8:17 A

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Welcome Melinda, keep trying and you'll get there. It may take awhile but you can do it. Were you able to try the diep flap (tummy tuck) for your reconstruction?

Lorraine
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But today well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.


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CLOVETTA1
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6/18/08 3:13 P

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Hi Melinda sorry to heard about what you are going through but keep the faith and know that we are hear for you .


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WEIMIEMOM
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6/18/08 8:45 A

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Welcome to our group Melinda. We are so glad to have you. Please don't get frustrated. You are right, it is a bit more challenging to lose that weight now, but it can be done with some perseverance and a strong group behind you, and you've got that in this team. Thanks for joining us in our journey.


Laura

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Tomorrow is a Mystery
and Today is a Gift.

Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday !!!


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GRAMMYSGIRLS58
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6/18/08 12:20 A

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Thanks for sharing your story. Many of us are dealing with the same issues. Weight gain from chemo, radiation, and Tamoxifen or other drugs. I have noticed since I had chemo it is much harder for me to loose weight, it is like my metabolism is in super slow motion. It is very hard to NOT get frustrated. But I feel better having lost just 12 pounds and that keeps me motivated (well most days that is) to loose more. Good luck to you and let me know if I can do anything to help.

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MELINDA413
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6/17/08 7:40 P

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I am 26 years old and my last chemotherapy session was on January 10, 2008. I was diagnosed on July 6, 2007. I obviously had a very hard year, nothing went right with my treatment from the beginning. I opted to have a very radical procedure, double mastectomy, because I have the breast cancer gene. I planned on doing reconstruction (i was very well endowed before). Even though I had one of the best plastic surgeons, the Reconstruction was completely unsuccessful. My body rejects the implant, I have had about 7 surgeries in the last year to correct everything.

So now I wear prosthesis and I am just glad that my ordeal is over. Now I get to deal with the after effects: mainly the bills and the weight. When I was going through chemo I felt like I deserved to eat whatever I wanted to whenever I wanted to. Due to that and the steroids I put on about 22 of the 75 total pounds that I had lost a year prior to being diagnosed. I have worked hard and lost 7 pounds in the last month. I am finding my whole body is different than before I got sick, my fat is being redistributed in different places than before. ALso I had lymph nodes removed so it is harder for me to lift weights. But I am persevering!



 
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