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CyndiJW
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Hello! I have been reading posts here for a few days now but just now got my nerved up to post. I was diagnosed with breast cancer on 8/6/12. After the needle biopsy results were back and options were presented to me by my Breast Surgeon I opted for the skin and nipple saving double mastectomy. There has been so much breast cancer in my family that even though I was a good candidate for a lumpectomy and radiation I didn't want to take any chances. On 8/21/12 I had my surgery. At that time the PS inserted the skin expanders. My final pathologoy report which I received last week was fantastic. Nothing in my lymph nodes, all clear in the areas surrounding the malignant mass. The path report did show some active cells in the breast without the malignancy that might have eventually become cancerous, so I am very happy with my decision to have the double mastectomy! I do not have to have any radiation or chemotherapy, thank God. I just have to be patient until this reconstruction process is completed. Currently I have two tubes (out of four) still in place, but hope to have them removed this coming week.

I feel extremely fortunate and almost am ashamed to be joining this group after reading of others that have been through, and others that will go through, so much worse than me. But I look forward to exchanging thoughts and information and support with this wonderful group.

Thank you for being here. :)

-Cyndi

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lynn1950
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Welcome to the club; sorry for your reason for being here. I, too, opted for a prophylactic mastectomy and I've never regretted it. I hope all your reconstruction goes smoothly. xoxoxo Lynn

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CyndiJW
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Thank you, Lynn. Did you have the expanders & implants? If so, what did your breasts look like afterwards compared to before the mastectomies? I know, or I think, they will look different than before but I am just trying to be realistic about the outcome. My PS showed me a couple of before & after pics of patients & they all looked much better, like they'd had lifts & augmentation. Of course that would be fantastic, but I really don't think that is a realistic expectation, do you?

I'd appreciate hearing from you and others that have had this procedure.

Thank you again for responding to my post!

-Cyndi

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lynn1950
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I could not have immediate reconstruction because following chemo I had radiation. I have been flat as a misshapen pancake for almost 4 years now! I have recently been thinking about cleavage...maybe next summer. I don't think I'll have expanders and implants - I think I'll opt for a tram or diep flap. xoxoxo Lynn

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CyndiJW
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Lynn,
Just out of curiosity, why would you choose tram or diep flap over expanders & implants? My PS told me up front, the first time I met with him, that I would be reading about these procedures (which I had not up to that point) but that he was not going to be doing those. Now, whether it was due to my body type (extremely petite, 97 lbs, 5'2", and maybe a B cup barely prior to surgery) or for some other reason I don't know. My mass was very small & on the very left side of my left breast, stage I. Anyway, since I was not going to require radiation or chemo my thought was to just do the least disfiguring & try to get the best "bang out of my buck", or as I called it then, making lemonade out of the lemons I'd been given. I wanted to be a bit larger than before. I'm not even sure if that is possible but he thinks I can be a C cup when this is all over. Of course, only time will tell whether my skin will cooperate to safely & comfortably accommodate a C size implant.
I look forward to hearing from you and others about these various procedures. I'm already learning a lot just from reading other posts on here.
Thank you!

-Cyndi

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Noel
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Hi Cyndi and welcome to the club no one wants to join! You are surrounded though by caring and supportive pink sisters! I wish you all the best and keep posting!

Hugs, Noel

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CyndiJW
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Thanks, Noel,
I appreciate your welcome! Hope things are going well with you.

*Hugs*
Cyndi

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VickiSam
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You will find many wonderful, caring, uplifting, funny, amazing women and Robert here on our site. Our journey with breast cancer as many of us call it .. a roller coaster ride -- so, Put your seat belt on, raise your arms up, scream and go!!!!

I'm glad you have a plan of what to do next. It seems as if your doctors are on the ball.

We on this board know about the waiting and the myriad of emotions one goes through -- so let us wait with you. Post whenever you feel the urge and we'll keep you company.

If you are hesitant about anything, please get a second opinion as soon as possible.

Anyway, you are well on your way, and I know it will be fine. We will be there for you every step of the way.

Strength, Courage and HOPE for a Cure.

Vicki Sam

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CyndiJW
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Vicki,
Thank you! I think this group will help me a lot. My family, husband & friends are all very supportive but nobody in my family opted for bi-lateral mastectomy with reconstruction so this is all new to us. Any information, experiences regarding what to expect during this process and the end result will be of value to me. I know everyone is different and one person's experiences will not necessarily be my own but I would be grateful for any feedback.

-Cyndi

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weazer
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Just wanted to say Hi and welcome to the Pink Club.
Lots of Beautiful and Supportive people here.
Lots of Hugs....Karie

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CyndiJW
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Thank you, Karie. I look forward to getting to know others in the Pink Club! :)

-Cyndi

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Kylez
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Hi Cyndi and welcome! I had a lumpectomy and rads. I am not taking tamox, as, my onco wanted me to, but, I just don't feel it is right for me.

As far as I am concerned, we are all equal here, regardless of stage, grade, treatment etc. Cancer is Cancer! Right?

That's a lovely picture of you and I assume your hubby and furry child? I hope we can help you Cyndi. You are always welcome to post anything here.

Hugs, Kylez

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CyndiJW
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Thank you, Kylez!
Yes, that is my wonderful husband and my fur baby. ;). My sister had a lumpectomy with rads (I guess that is what you call the five-day radiation tx she had in/on the site of the lumpectomy) nearly five years ago. This was also an option for me but since her diagnosis we have found out there have been six BC occurrences affecting five members of females in our direct line on our mothers's side, so I was more comfortable getting the double mastectomy instead. My sister has been on tomox ever since her surgery and told me she has never even been able to tell she was on it. My doctor put me on Arimidex at the time of my surgery. I have had no side effects that I am aware of. Just FYI: my sister is now 57 and I am 55 yrs old. I was on Premphase for about six years & then on PremPro for the last 3 or 4 yrs. obviously I was taken off of the PremPro immediately after my diagnosis. I'm very lucky I'm sure, but I have had no bad side effects from being taken off of that either. That was a month ago.

Thank you for your feedback.

-Cyndi

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hope4thebest
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Hi Cyndi,

Welcome to this site, I am new, too. Our stories are similar, and I think that you are doing very well if you can type at the computer after your surgery! Good Job! I am about 14 mos ahead of you, and what I can say is: every woman is different. The implants are more firm and perky, but it's hard to say what the finished product will look life. It takes awhile, pace yourself. Be specific with your PS, get photos if you have to. It's nice for you both to have the same "vision".

Here for you anytime,
Annie

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CyndiJW
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Thank you for your feedback, Annie!

Did you also have the skin/nipple saving procedure? Other than more firm & perky (and who doesn't want THAT?) do you think your breasts look like normal breasts? The reason I am wondering about this is because a lady that works at at Pretty in Pink said something about after reconstruction the breasts are more-now I can't remember her Terminology but seemed to mean-wider or broader, leading me to believe perhaps no cleavage? The before & after pics my PS showed me of women he'd performed this same procedure on looked perfectly normal, only better. As you said: firmer & perkier. I also wondered, since I had tubes in & the lady did not see me after surgery & I didn't mention to her what type reconstruction I had chosen, that maybe she was referring to survivors that had had a more extensive mastectomy.

I think right now these are my most burning questions although I certainly have more!

Thanks again to you & everyone else for your support & information. Good luck to you, Annie! Sounds like you are really doing well!

-Cyndi

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hope4thebest
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Hi Cyndi,

It is hard for me to say much because we are all so different. My PS seemed to concentrate on achieving a good cleavage. I think that is a big challenge for them-- keeping things even. In my case, I did not save the nipples and have not gotten them tattoed on yet. It takes time for these to settle!! (6-12 mos-- take your time, don't rush!) Yes, I would agree that this new set seems to be wider set than my natural ones. (Kind of like 4 wheel drive, they seem to set alittle lower and wider). I am very happy with mine when I wear a bra. Rest assured that no-one will ever notice, they do a great job.

For me, I live in Hawaii and spend time in a bikini. I am not so pleased because they removed all the breast tissue, I am thin and feel self conscious about the lack of 'meat' (for lack of a better term), on my upper chest. So, in answering your questions, yes, they look real but close up, there are some irregularities. I have yet to finish and am hoping to be more satisfied after another procedure or two.

Yes, I am happy with my decision regardless of appearance. This has been a true awakening
of my soul!

Thank you for your kind words. I am doing ok, we all have ups and downs, so pace yourself.

Take care,
Annie

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lintx
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OMG...you live in vacation paradise! We gals are very jealous:) Your advice about not being in a rush is perfect. It does take time for things to settle. If only my nerves would! I've had so many DR's appts since the bad mammo in Apr that I get all weak in the knees now when I enter their ofc. Have a great day. Linda

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CyndiJW
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Annie, thank you for responding to my questions about the appearance of "new breasts". I think this will help me to get my expectations more in line with reality. And also it helps me to know that what you see is not necessarily what you get since the PS can go back & make adjustment throughout this long process. I never realized that before. I thought once they finished filling the expanders and replaced them with the implants that was that. Good to know that is not always the case if adjustments need to be made. Since it is so early in my treatment I should have plenty of time to have these discussions with my PS. I am also very thin and my PS has already stated that liposuction to fill in my chest is probably not an option for me. So I will just have to wait and see how it gets.

Thank you again for addressing my specific concerns!

Have a great day!

-Cyndi

Faith1122
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Like you I have a very strong family history of BC & even though I was diagnosed as minimal stage 1 I opted for the dbl mastectomy with reconstruction. I don't know why but I was not able to do the nipple sparing kind. 6 surgeries later I am finally done with being in the hospital. yesterday I had my nipple surger & some fat grafting to fill in areas of the breast. my new boobs look good in. Clothes & if I am standing with my hands over my scars they look nice but I was rather fond of the originals. I has a really nice rack even after 2 kids but I would rather not have cancer. good luck to you! Faith

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CyndiJW
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Hi Faith!
Sounds like you are on the home stretch. Good for you! How long ago was your mastectomy? All of this seems to go on forever but it has only been 2 1/2 wks since mine. I was very small & wore Victoria Secret bras to push up, fill in and even had gel pads built into the bra, so while I looked fine in bras I didnt look great without. I asked my PS what cup size I was (hard to tell when you use VS bras as some seem to be labeled based on size with padded bras) and he told me a B cup. I asked him if we could go to a full C and he thought that would be doable, but of course we won't know until we are into the filling SE stage. As far as the shape of your "new" breasts, do they look anywhere close to what you looked like before? Obviously I am not so keen on matching my before as I am hoping they are a little larger but look like normal, natural breasts. I am married, have been for 15 years and he is very supportive of me, and will love me no matter what. It's just that I am trying very hard to get my expectations in line with the reality before we get to the end of this long process.
Thank you so much for your response!

-Cyndi

Faith1122
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My mastectomy was 2/21/2013. I get my stitches out on Thursday & then nipple tatooing in December. I think my new rack is a little smaller but a different shape. If I was just standing straight covering the scar they look like perfect breasts.If I lay on my back it's weird because there is like 3 inches of complete flatness & then my breasts stand straight up. When I lean over there is a little rippling. There was more rippling before but Friday besides getting nipples they also took some fat from my thighs & injected it into my breasts. They look really nice in clothes. I was lucky enough to have some of the best surgeons in New Jersey. Do you have expanders in now?

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CyndiJW
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Yes, I have the expanders in now but they haven't begun filling them yet because I still have two tubes left. I can't seem to get those last two tubes (I started out with four, the first two being removed right on "schedule", about a week after surgery) down to below 20 cc in a 24 hr period. Every day they routinely put out 10 cc of fluid each, twice per day (that's how often we drain & measure output). I will not be a candidate for any liposuction for filling spaces due to my low body weight. Looks to ME that I have some fat tissue in my abdomen that could be used but since I only weight 97 lbs the PS has already told me they probably would never consider this procedure. I know other ppl that have also had this done, and they, like you, really saw an improvement in both areas, I might add, so I hate that I am not a candidate should I need it later on.

I guess I will just have to wait and see how things progress with me before I know what I will look like. But, from what you have said, I can probably expect to look to the outside world "normal" but to myself different than before, at best. Please keep me updated as to your procedures & progress.

Thank you again for your response. Have a great day!

*Hugs*
Cyndi

RozHopkins
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I have implants and look totally fine clothed. I have spare flesh to the sides which no one can see. I was large breasted and was reduced from 38 DDD to 36 however normal bras don't fit my shape and because of hot flashes bras make me very hot. So I don't wear one even at the gym. But if I have to I bought the new type that slip on and are very light weight and fit wherever they touch a lot like a sports bra. I do have cleavage won't be doing tattoos as the scaring is kind of dominant, if they fade then perhaps but it's been two years now and still obvious.

debsweb18
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Welcome....I had a unilateral skin sparing mastectomy 14 months ago. I chose not to save the nipple because my tumor was so close to it. In fact they did my mastectomy and immediate silicone implant through the nipple. I had what they call a purse string suture. I had radiation and a few months later nipple reconstruction and a lift on the other side. My implant shrunk some due to the radiation so I had it replaced. In the end, I'm still perkier and firmer on the cancer side, even after the other side was lifed. I did increase almost a bra size. (had to get some benefit out of all this!). I could have more surgery to even them out a little more, but I think I'm done. I figure in another 5-10 years later if I need to have my implant exchanged, I'll do it all then. I doubt it because Ill be 69 by then! I'm fine in clothes and not too bad naked! I didn't realize how saggy I was until the mastectomy!What I did find out, is that it is a construction in progress. It's not a one time deal. You can do as little or as much as you want.

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CyndiJW
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Deb, thank you so much for your feedback. That was very helpful to me. I am of the same school of thought: something good should come out of all this! So why not go up a cup size? That is exactly my goal. Once we got past the pathology reports and all the scare that accompanies that phase I have been all for improved breasts! One thing this whole experience is teaching me is patience. I've never had any at all, but I've sure had to change that!
Thanks again for your input.
-Cyndi

Busymom0413
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Hi Cyndi I am like you in regards to reading and not posting. I had bilateral in November 2011 with tissue expanders. I will finally have those exchanged in 1 1/2 weeks. I did not need chemo or rads, I take arimidex everday. I had 2 drains for 2 1/2 weeks and the other 2 for 4, that was the hardest part. Do we say we are survivors or do we still have cancer? People sometimes disregard that I have cancer or survivor or whatever because I did not need chemo or rads. I don't know how to respond. My husband got diagnosed with mastastic cancer 2 months after me,so people disregard me and my disease. What do you say? I hate terribly that we both have this at the same time. I feel guilty sometimes because he has had to endure more. It has been hard being a caregiver and also having cancer. Just needed to vent sorry

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CyndiJW
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I would say we are survivors. I was/you were definitely diagnosed with breast cancer. But they got it all through surgery. In my case, since I chose a double mastectomy, there was no reason for either rads nor chemo. If I had chosen a lumpectomy I would now be going through radiation tx. So, yes, we have had cancer and we are still here: We are survivors that just lucked out by finding, diagnosing and treating it early enough not to have to go through as much as so many others have.
I am so sorry to hear about your husband's cancer. That has got to be so difficult for you both, and your family & friends to deal with at one time. I just cant imagine what you all are going through.
Please post or private message me if you need to vent. I'm here!
-Cyndi

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ladyg
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Welcome to the club no one wants to belong to. You will find a lot of caring sisters here to help you through your journey. I know that they were a big help to me and made it a little easier.
Anything you need just ask.

Hugs,
Georgia

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CyndiJW
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Thank you, Georgia!
I appreciate all the support this group has to offer. I've learned a lot just since I've been reading posts the last few days. How nice to have such a wonderful group to go to with questions or to just touch base with, knowing there are people here that are going through, or have gone through, the same things I have!
Thanks again.
-Cyndi

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lintx
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I'm new, as well. Even though my Onco says we are all as different as our fingerprints, I see much commonalility in these posts. I posted the one "Afraid to take Tamoxifen" and had awesome responses from these great women. Since I'm 63, I figured I'd also be given one of the AI drugs, but Tamox is the choice because my bc was such a high estrogen receptor. I finally ordered it and will give it a try this week. I'm still afraid! I had a bilateral with immediate DIEP flap reconstruction in May this yr. Mine was caught early at my annual mammo. It was stage 1 and 1.2 centimeters, nested in a duct w/no breast or node invasion, also clean margins. No chemo/rads either. Healing from that surgery was tough since I had the huge stomach surgery, as well. The tubes were a pain! I had 4 and a stomach medicine ball. I just had my revision surgery last week, where the stomach scar is smoothed, breasts are sized more correctly and nipples created. My DR didn't save my nipples because my cancer was an aggressive/invasive one. Skin was spared, and everything looks better than before I had a bilateral. I'm very small, too, and had to gain weight to even have enough fat to lipo for new breasts. I didn't want implants. Just a personal decision. Even though there was no invasion, the Onco DR says the word is in the report for a reason, and Tamox may or may not keep things at bay. Like you, I was happy to get the original path report and still am. I just hadn't paid attention to "that" one word in my report...invasive. You've probably had the bc emails w/pics of the octopus w/tentacles shaped masses. That was mine. I knew it was aggressive, as the radiologist removed a section. When I saw the spaghetti looking legs, I just knew. I can't remember driving home that day. All of it is frightening and on my mind nonstop, but these women have given me such hope. Who better to discuss it with than another female? Hugs to you, Linda

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CyndiJW
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Thank you, Linda, for your response. The word "invasive"took my breath away when I thought I was prepared for the results of my first path report after the needle biopsy. It really scared me. But after the following biopsies and mastectomies with final path reports out I am no longer worried. Apparently mine wasn't very aggressive or at any rate we must have caught it early enough that the double mastectomy got rid of all traces of the cancer. Thank God. I'm looking forward right now to getting the last two tubes out. And then we'll go on from there with the reconstruction.
*Hugs back at 'cha*
-Cyndi

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MsGebby
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in to say Hi and to lend an ear.

Welcome Sister ... sorry you found us but glad you found us too. :)

Thank you for sharing your story. It's the ones with happy endings that we all need to read.

Hugs,
Mary

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CyndiJW
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Thank you, Mary!
I can use all the info & support anyone has to offer. I appreciate your kind welcome.
*Hugs*
-Cyndi

disneyfan2008
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welcome...Cyndi

I had lumectomy and raditaion (starting 5th yr tamoxifen)

I too feel I HAD IT easy compared to many-I said that once and I was corrected quickly..

nothing is easy about Cancer!

Durting my daily radiation I met many women with so many more concerns then I had medically-we always had nice chats & understood each other...no many what stage, where in treatment etc..

not sure if THIS is worded correctly...

Denise

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CyndiJW
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Thank you, Denise. When I think back to those days between knowing something was wrong but without a diagnosis to confirm it, and without any options given to choose from, yes, that was NOT easy! I went through hell for a few days. My mind would travel to that dark & morbid place where we never want to be. Once I was given a diagnosis and options for handling it I was in such a better place.

It sounds like you had the same tx as my sister. She hits her fifth year this month had a lumpectomy & is also on Tamoxifin. She's doing great! If it weren't for additional family members being diagnosed (or at least us finding out about them) since my sister's diagnosis five years ago I would probably have gone that same route.

I'm glad you are doing so well. Thanks for replying to my post. I'm missing human interaction as I am just at home with my supportive husband and spoiled little furry companion. I'm missing people! LOL!

-Cyndi

ESDC
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Hi Cyndi, Like you I'm very new here but I can promise you that you're in the right place for support, info' and a shoulder to cry on. I had a LH mastectomy with immediate expander strattice reconstruction on 8/8/12 and I'm about to start chemo next week. I'm then looking at radio and Tamoxifen so wont be able to finish the reconstruction for a while. I know it seems like a long arduous process at the moment but you'll be amazed how quickly you start to feel better, especially when you get those tubes out.

Best of luck

Eliza xxxx

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CyndiJW
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Thank you, Eliza!

Today is my second delay in getting my last two tubes out. It has only been three wks (tomorrow) since my mastectomy but I was supposed to get my last two tubes out on Thurs, they weren't ready so the Dr asked me to chk back today. To avoid another long drive & wait to see the Dr I called his office this a.m. & gave the readings over the phone. It was another No-Go. :(. Still collecting too much fluid to remove. I'm to chk back again on this Thurs to maybe get them out on Friday. Yes, it seems forever but I know by the alendar it hasn't been THAT long. Just seems like it.

Good luck eith your chemo & rads. My sister had the rads & also the Tamoxifin and had no ill effects with either(5 yrs ago). I know the chemo is scarier bur I'm sure you'll be fine. Keep us up to date. Your surgery was very close to the time I had mine (8/21/12).

*Hugs*
Cyndi

csuzanne
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Don't feel ashamed of joining this group, we have all been through this horrible disease to one extent or another.
I am blessed like you. I didn't have to have chemo or radiation. I had a rt mastectomy 6/11 to get rid of the cancer, and a lft mastectomy (no cancer)with a diep reconstruction 12/11. I've had one fat grafting and am having another this month, and the nipple replacement in December.
I felt guilty when telling friends that I had cancer but didn't have to go through the other hell, when they did. Two women I work with have been down that road, and they told me to be grateful and embrace it! So should you!
Good luck in your journey, and know that you have so much support...just ask.
Suzanne

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CyndiJW
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Thank you, Suzanne,

I appreciate your kind words. Congratulations to you for also being lucky enough to have avoided the chemo & rads,too. None of this is easy but I know we are very fortunate compared to many others.

This discussion forum has really educated me a lot in the few days since I joined. I don't think I even knew what questions to ask my doctor until I started reading posts on this forum.

*Hugs*
Cyndi

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Kristin N
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Hi Cindi! I had a lumpectomy, followed by rads. I felt lucky and still do that I could keep my breasts and didn't have to have any chemo. We all travel different journeys, have different surgeries and treatments, but, we all still share the same diagnosis of bc. None of it is easy. That's why this board is so great. It is filled with pink sisters that are full of info, help and support.

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CyndiJW
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Thanks, Kristin, glad you are doing so well!

This board is great!

*Hugs*
Cyndi

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Kristin N
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Thanks! Yes, this board is great! Very sorry you had to join us, but, very glad we can help!

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Attygirl
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...and welcome.

I was diagnosed in April with Stage 1. Lumpectomy in May. Radiation (with bad burns) over the summer. Starting Tamoxifen next week.

My story has been a good one, relatively speaking, so I felt like I shouldn't complain or had no right to. But the truth is, my journey has it's struggles and I have learned to allow myself to feel whatever it is I need to feel.

So glad you have found this wonderful space!
Thoughts and prayers...

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laughs_a_lot
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Sorry that you had to join us but so glad you found us. Lumpectomy here. I did nothing for a while about getting a prostetic. I only got one in case I went for a professional job. I am glad I was not rushed on this issue. Some of us just need time. Hope all goes well for you.

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CyndiJW
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Thanks Attygirl & laughs a lot for responding to my post. My sister had a lumpectomy with the five-day on-site radiation five years ago. She flew through it with flying colors. We were so relieved & happy for her!

However, here we are five years later with (counting my sister) four more occurrences of BC in our direct lineage on our maternal side, so I chose a different course. Much more to deal with than what she had, but for my peace of mind it was worth it to me.

I hope both of you continue to do so well, and lets just count our blessings & be grateful that we have had so much less to go through than so very many others here. It is quite humbling & also makes it hard to get on this board to complain about ANYTHING! But, of course, we all have our own issues.

Thank ou both again. Glad you are doing so well!

*Hugs*
Cyndi

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Attygirl
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That is a lt of BC in the family to contend with!
So glad you are at peace and doing well.
Sounds like you are going to be just fine!

Counting those blessings...

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