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6/11/13 8:08 A

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Good morning from Florida

Gosh that was the best I have heard too so fun still so serious
Im getting my tattoos today and I will tell the girls at the Doctors office
about it...

Have a good fun day
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6/10/13 8:31 P

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Cool!!!

By the way, I participated in a "Weekend to End Women's Cancers" a few years ago. By FAT the best t-shirt I saw had the following written (across the breasts):

"Yes, these are fake... my real ones tried to kill me!"

I was so amazed! I though this was the absolute best t-shirt ever. What a way to display pride, and not let cancer beat you down!

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Thanks for sharing

Thats so "Cool" never thought of having something different than Nipples...
I have on/off had thoughts about staying the way I am now thinking ....who would
care if a 70 year old Lady have Nipples or not but Im always ending up thinking
Oh well,,,,maybe after all a WOMAN should have them :)

Ill discuss new options with the tattoo lady on Tuesday
Thanks for making me laugh

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6/6/13 2:31 P

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Here are our Foundation, we tell all the women and men who have breast cancer, "You are my hero." After reading your story, all I can say is that you are TRULY my hero today. Hugs.

Have to share this info about two of our survivors when they went to have their nipples tattooed.

One chose to have sunflowers in place of nipples. The other decided on one open eye, reflecting a pink awareness ribbon, and the other breast has a winking eye. May I add that there have been times when they've gone in the back room of the Hope Bus (an RV) to show this artwork to women who are preparing for mastectomy, reconstruction or tattooing.

Mauri, EASTERN TIME ZONE, NEW ENGLAND

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." - St. Francis of Assisi

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” —Saint Francis de Sales


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You made my morning and day
lots of "Rainy Hugs"
a good day for exercising
Yvonne

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You've been through quite an ordeal. So glad you're doing better.

Keep smiling!!
Nillapepsi (Sheila) :-)

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. ~Nelson Mandela~


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6/5/13 4:25 P

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Tattoo nipples?

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6/5/13 3:07 P

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....but it did...I never had a mammogram (I'm 70 years young)
and we have no BC generations down in our family so why worry ..
but I should...

I went for more estrogens which I have used since I was 38 years old
had in my head the idea that I could not live without them

The Dr refused to prescribe them to me if I didn't have a mammogram
I said...I don't believe in putting radiation in women's breast.
She returned that by telling me that she did not as a Dr
believe giving Estros without mammograms

Ok I had to give in since I was absolutely convinced that I needed my Estrogens.

Long long story short... mammogram showed irregularities and I needed
to have a second one...that in itself is very common.
However went for a better High tech mammogram (not mentioning the
hospitals name)
It showed a lot of dangers and according to that Dr ...Time is short....
Well that's not what anyone wants to hear..is it.....I could hardly walk out.

My husband insisted that I would absolutely see a different hospital
which I ended up doing with no regrets. It was interesting ..since the
first they said we might not agree with ...another hospitals diagnosed
and that was my blessing

After MRI s and all high tech tests it showed that ,,yes it was a tumor
but small as a pencil head.
it was aggressive and needed to be removed instantly.

This happened in October 2012:) The surgery went well and nothing
in the lymph no chemo or radiation needed.
Removing both breast was not easy but I did not want to worry about
what if,,,,, it moves to the other breast...

I stayed one night at the hospital then did the recovering at home.
It was some hassle but I was up and about all the time
and did not use hardly any painkillers, Hate to feel groggy and tranquilized.

I had asked the Dr to put in expanders imm during the surgery
so I had almost the same size right away leaving the hospital
the surgeon does his job first and when hes done the Plastic
surgeon takes over .It all was over and done with in 4 hours:)

After that I needed to get for saline injections every week
which was a pleasure and fun to see my new breast take shape and grow
I did choose to go slowly expanding I learned some girls get pain if you do it to fast.

I really never had much problem..more than in the beginning it was difficult to sleep

Removal of the expanders was done February this year and it was over and done with
in hours. Home again and I could shower the next day..no bottles to keep up the drainage with

So here I am the last step now In a week...Getting my Tattoo nipples
A lady who has specialized in 3-D tattoos is flying in here stays for 5 days
doing the BC patients nipples:)

This is just my story.. I met a lot of lovely Ladies that were not so lucky
in their situations but remember BC today is not fatal
there is a lot of help out there and excellent Dr
If you hesitate and it doesn't feel right don't be afraid for a second opinion

Im glad I did truly truly saved me lots misinformation that was wrong

Take care all of you emoticon
Yvonne

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