Apr 20, 2013 - 6:29 pm
Hi everyone - I'm new to the forums. I was diagnosed in October 2012. ER/PR+ Her2 - Stage 2B. I was positive in 3 nodes on the right. I had a bilateral mastectomy in December 2012. I'm working my way through chemo. Finished 8 weeks of AC - on week 5 of 12 of Taxol. Then I get 6 weeks of radiation.
Right now I have tissue expanders and they stink! They are uncomfortable - the muscle over them is sore all the time. When I try to read my son bed time stories or snuggle - if his head touches my expanders they hurt a lot. I'm so over these rocks.
I pretty much decided on DIEP flap reconstruction. I'm 5'7" and size 14.. so I've got enough stomach fat to do it. I had really large breasts before 38DDD so I'm not too sorry to have much smaller breasts now. They will make running in the future easier. (if they don't hurt like they do now)
I'm leaning towards DIEP because it's my own tissue and after all these surgeries and treatments. The thought of having implants a foreign thing in my body that may need to be exchanged or replaced in the future - is just not appealing to me.
However, having a second surgical site (my abdomen) bothers me. I had a c-section when my son was born (that was no fun). Every-time a surgeon gets into your body - it's never the same. There's always a weird pain or something that doesn't heal right. So by having implants, there's no additional abdominal surgery - so that's appealing.
Or I've even thought about taking out these tissue expanders and doing nothing! Flat chested and comfortable at this point sounds like an OK option to me.
So I'm wondering what others experiences have been?
What type of reconstruction did you have?
How comfortable are you now?
Do your breasts/implants hurt? can you sleep on them? get hugged by your kids? touch them with out them hurting?
I used to lift a lot of weights in the gym? Anyone working out again?
Thanks ladies for the replies. I really appreciate it.