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Dodged a hugh bullet

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I was diagnosis for the second time in 10 years with Breast Cancer. The first time was a lumpectomy followed by Chemo and radiation. All was well until my mamo in august 2012. I was very indecisive regarding the type of surgery I should have. Lumpectomy or Masectomy. I also took the BRACA test and that came back negative. I made my decision to have a double masectomy. My decision came as I did not want to revisit this in the future.I am one week post op. The other day I received the pathology report from the surgeon. Cancer in the right breast already known with the added precancer cells but the real zinger was that cancer had returned in the left breast. Very early stages but none the less cancer again. I was so shocked. Not in a million years did I except cancer in the left breast this soon. I can't tell you how happy I am with my decision to remove them both and move on with my life. I know the next several months won't be easy but knowing that I will not have to hear that again gives me such piece of mind.

Just wanted to share
kathy m

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We stress so much sometimes over the decisions we are faced with, am so happy to hear you made the right one. I always feel that when we need it, He is there to help us make the right choice! You will be in my prayers for a smooth recovery.

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Thank you for sharing your story. Wishing you a speedy recovery and quick healing.

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the right choice. I know it must have been a tough decision but it proved to be the right one. I will keep you in my thoughts and send you positive energy to help you through your recovery.


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wow, you just never know, having just had my bilateral mastectomy i understand how hard the decision was but God was guiding you to do the right thing, i hope you have a smooth and easy recovery, i'll take peace of mind over boobs!!! im my prayers

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Hi Kathy, I too chose the bi lateral for peace of mind. I tried immediate reconstruction but I had some issues and had to have the expanders removed before reconstruction was complete. I am now 6 months post op, and I honestly don't miss my boobs. I was always a large breasted woman, wearing heavy duty bras and fighting back fat ... now, still a larger sized woman with no boobs that can go bra less every day! I will probably at some point in the future consider prosthesis but I don't quite see the point in that yet.
Good luck to you!! I wish you a speedy recovery!

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Gabe N Abby Mom
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I struggled with the bilateral/single decision for the 4 months of pre-surgery chemo, frequently changing my mind. I eventually decided on the bilateral, mostly because I wanted to be even. My surgery was Jan 2011, and have been happy with it. (No reconstruction, I wear prosthesis.) I'm glad to hear you are happy with your decision too, even though it's for a different reason.

I assume the next months include surgery recovery, chemo?, rads? Whatever it includes, I hope it goes smoothly for you.



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hi Kathy,
after you heal from your mastectomy please make sure to have a PET/CT , and stay on the top of your symptoms and complains after you finish ongoing recurrence treatment. A monitoring after treatment will help you staying healthy.

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