Jan 27, 2013 - 11:29 pm
It has been a whirlwind start of the new year. I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma of the left breast on January 9th. I am scheduled for a mastectomy this Friday. I did not have any of the risk factors and was totally caught off guard. I have yet to decide what makes me more upset: having the CA, or having two lousy choices for treatment. I am not having any reconstruction. I do count myself among the lucky few. I have a wonderful support network. Every day is a challenge. I get tearful and cry at times. I am sometimes withdrawn. I told my wonderful husband that the only time I can escape this is when I am asleep. thankfully I am still able to sleep, but it does take me longer to fall asleep. So, what do I need? Has anyone not had reconstructions and lived happily without it. How have you managed the prosthesis? Does it really matter if you don't wear on all the time? Has anyone had back problems from being lopsided? thanks in advance.