I was diagnosed with a Stage IIIb recurrence of breast cancer in my right breast after 7 1/2 years. It was identified by satellite nodules that appeared on my breast. A dermatologist did the biopsy and diagnosed breast cancer. I have completed 4 of 6 treatments and the chemo had an amazing and continuing effect on the cancer. The nodules on the breast are completely gone. We are doing the chemo first to assure that I have clear margins with surgery. I will have a double mastectomy since my goals are to survive and not have breast cancer again.
In the beginning I met with my surgeon and a plastic surgeon and planned to have reconstruction (expanders) begun at the same time as the mastectomies. Now my oncologist wants me to wait on reconstruction. I was relieved. I don't know if I want to go through 6 months of expansion. I am 64 years old and my breasts have served me well. I have never had big breasts and they have not been the main focus of my identity. As a kid I was a "tom boy" and very comfortable with my boyish figure at the time.
I "think" I will be okay with a flat chest and scars...wear prosthesis when I am dressed. But I will have time to see how I feel.
Could some of you who chose to NOT have reconstruction tell me your stores.