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12/17/16 10:21 A

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Thank you so much for your reply. I have met the surgeon and meet the plastic surgeon on Friday. I have decided to have saline implants. A few years ago I had a breast reduction to help with the chances of not getting breast cancer and I remember the tubes were a pain in the neck. I plan on buying pajamas with button up fronts

I can't believe you were up and running in three weeks, I figured it would a few months before you could get that active. That means (hopefully) I can use the treadmill sooner than later.

Once again thank you for responding.

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12/17/16 7:20 A

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The recovery wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. You would think you would be in a lot of pain because you had something cut off, but I guess there are very few nerves there. I stayed in the hospital over night. The hardest part was removing the bandages to reveal what was done. That hit me! Also the drains were a pain. you had to wear something that you could pin them to. I remember having pain, but they told me it was from nerve regeneration. It wasn't a constant pain if I recall. I was able to resume my normal lifestyle of running after I think 3 weeks, but I was walking a lot before that. I also chose to not have reconstruction done at that point. My Dr. understood, but also urged me to just go and talk to Plastics and hear what they had to say. I ended up having reconstruction about 9 mo. later. I was having issues with clothes fitting properly and I was very self consious of everything. That being said, I don't know if I would do it over again though. I think having this surgery there is more emotional pain than actual physical pain. Don't be afraid to talk to someone afterwards. I know I did a lot of crying afterwards, but I now consider myself very lucky that I went ahead with this and have no regrets.

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12/10/16 10:25 A

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Becky,
Can you please tell me a little about the recovery of having a double mastectomy?

Thank you for replying to my post.

Nancy

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12/10/16 7:09 A

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I also had early stage BC. My mom and I both had it at the same time. Because of her age and health, they decided to treat it with meds. So far, so good. After talking with my surgeon, I opted for a double mastectomy. The best decision I couldve made because when they biopsied the other breast, they found a 1 cm BC. It was small enough that it wouldnt have shown up on my mammogram for at least a couple of years. I didnt have to have radiation or anything. It's a personal decision you have to make, but your surgeon should be able to help you make the right decision.

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11/24/16 10:38 P

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I received my diagnosis on Halloween. (Trick or Treat!) - nine years ago. I had a very aggressive cancer - very large tumor by the time they removed it. It had spread to some of my lymph nodes. Then I had chemo, radiation, more chemo, and am still part of an ongoing study. I had a mastectomy, I wanted it gone! But I kept the other breast. My doctor said it was not likely to come back in the other breast.
Later I had reconstruction and reduction in the other breast.
Because every situation is different, I don't feel I can give you advice. But find a doctor you trust, and listen to his advice.

Good luck in your fight and in your decision! We are here to walk with you and encourage you on the way.

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Love like you've never been hurt.

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11/24/16 9:05 P

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I just found out today, yes on Thanksgiving that I have early stage breast cancer. I guess my next step is to see a surgeon to have have a biopsy done.I have two aunts, two sisters, and my mom has have/had breast cancer. My middle sister has had breast cancer twice, and now my mom at the age of 82 has been diagnosed with it for the second time. My thoughts are to have a double mastectomy since there is such a high rate of it getting worse. Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.

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