Sep 08, 2012 - 8:46 am
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. :)