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Gavinsgrandma
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Hi all, I saw the plastic surgeon last Friday and I really liked him and I got a call from my surgeons office today, my surgery will be Thursday July 18th.It seems so surreal that just a few short weeks ago I would have never guessed that I would be having B/L Mastectomy with reconstruction in July. My plans were to garden and camp this summer. A friend of mine put it best today when he said "one day you wake up and your whole world gets turned upside down" Boy was he right!!!!!!

kdavis212
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Good luck with your surgery, hope all goes well! I will be right behind you. Having b/l mastectomy in August. Will be very interested to see how things go for you.

 

Karen

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DebbyM
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Good luck and we will have to have the pink bus for you!

Hugs, Debby

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Gavinsgrandma
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Hi Karen, how are things going for you and what is your Dx? Mine is Invasive Lobular Carcinoma.

kdavis212
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I have IDC..stage IIa. I have my 5th of 6 chemo treatments this week. Chemo has been fairly tolerable. Next hurdle surgery, which I dread. Keep me posted on how things go for you!!

 

disneyfan2008
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love the name gavissgrandma

 

I oldest grandson is Gavin..

I"ll be thinking of you-are you booking the pink bus? I'll ride along if you do.

Denise

JJDS
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Good luck!  Just do your gardening and camping before your surgery.  I am glad you've got this set now.

Hugs, JJ

Lynne P
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July 18th, I will be supporting you and praying for a successful surgery!

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Kristin N
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Coming with you on the pink bus in July!

survivorbc09
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Good luck!

Hugs, Jan

Lynne P
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I'm wishing you good luck with your mastectomy and reconstruction. 

 

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Gavinsgrandma
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Hi Denise, I am not sure how to catch the pink bus

survivorbc09
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Wishing you good luck and a quick recovery!

Hugs, Jan

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Alexis F
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Good luck on  the 18th!  I will be on the pink bus for you too!

Lex

Doe1504
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Wow! When they get the ball rolling, they really get it rolling. Glad the dr called you and I know July 18 will be a dreaded day, but, you will do great! The surgery is not that bad. I am 5 weeks post op as of yesterday.  During reconstruction I feel "full" and have some numb areas in my chest, but, never really had any pain. You will do great!

Kobias
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Wishing you good luck.

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lintx
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I had a bilateral/Diep flap reconstruction in May '12 and did great.  So will you!  Remind us to get the Pink Bus ready for you.  Hugs, Linda

Candi Cane
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Good luck!

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coco2008
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May your surgery go well.

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Gavinsgrandma
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Hi, I have been thinking about you, we have not chated for a little while, it is so encouraging to hear you say that it was not that to painful, are you done with your expanders yet, if not do you know how many you need before the implants go in? How are you doing?

Shary

Doe1504
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Shary, The PS said the entire process will take about a year. He will still do saline fills between chemo appts. Once they get the size I want, we will go back to surgery and he will replace them with silicone implants. I am getting use to the numb spots and tight feeling in my chest.  I have literally had no pain! I am numb in the spots he uses to fill the expanders, so no pain there either. :)  It just takes some getting use to them, but, better than the alternative. Everyone that I have heard talk about the implants are happy with the finished product. I am doing well and hope you are too. I have my first chemo this coming Thurs. Do you know yet if you will have to take any treatments? Praying you do not! :)

Dolores

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Gavinsgrandma
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Hi Dolores,That's exactly what my PS said, about a year from surgery through expanders,implants and then any tattooing that may be done. I don't know about any treatment yet, I go see my surgeon tomorrow, he is about 3 hours away from where we live, he is going to do my H&P. Maybe he will have more news for me but I got the impression that I won't know about chemo until the nodes are checked during surgery. All of my Pre-op work up is done so I will spend the next few weeks getting ready around the house and garden, I finally got some jalapeño peppers, Anaheim peppers and bell peppers in yesterday and last night while we were at a friends for the evening my daughters one year old shepherd mix pup pulled them all out

Doe1504
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Oh no!, sorry about your peppers :(

I had a sentinal node removed a week before surgery and found out when I went for my surgery that the node was neg. Yay! Because my tumor was larger than a 2 cm ( it was 2.2) I have to do chemo.  I had 4 tumors all totaling more than 5cm in the same breast. I have to have 4 red devil, adrimycin and cytoxin, then 12 weekly taxol treatments. I dread it. I sure hope you don't have to have any.

Let me know what the dr says tomorrow and keep me posted.

Dolores

 

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Gavinsgrandma
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That is interesting ththey hey did the sentinel node removal prior to surgery, I bet that gave you some peace before surgery:-) I was just reading about Red Devil on the Inspire site, sounds like they should call it Draino. when do you start? I want to tell you a little something about my last 3/4 weeks, on wednesday the 30th I got a call from radiology that there was something suspicious on my mammo and he wanted more pictures and an ultrasound, during the U/S he said he did not like the looks of it so he had me returned the next day for my Bx, that was also my Grandsons 1st birthday. Friday the 31st he called me with the Dx and advised me to see my PCP for a referral to a surgeon, which I did. Saturday we had some family in town and we were out for the day, when we got home we found our Mini-mini doxie and our Shi-tzu had been badly bitten. We have an old mellow shepherd, my daughters shepherd mix, also a sweet girl and an almost 3 year old Jack Russell Terrier( a rescue) who was my baby, unfortunately he had been getting more aggressive and protective. We had to call the vet and take the girls in for emergency treatment. Sunday we had to make the choice to have the JRT( Rowen) put down, I have been extremely emotional over everything to many bad things to fast. My garden has always been my solice  and Rowen was always  by my side, so when I put my peppers in I was trying to make my yard feel happy again, so when Ava pulled them out I thought"ok" replant so I went to the nursery and got some Herbs, peppers and some flowers planted them this afternoon :-) The little girls are healing and getting better, sometimes I just don't understand how so much pain can come so quickly, I am trying to move on so I can focus on getting myself better, i feel so bad about the girls and I miss Rowen terribly, sorry for rambling but it helps me to move forward. So we will see if my new flowers,herbs and peppers survive and I will keep you posted after my H&P tomorrow.

Shary

Doe1504
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I start the red devil on Thurs. Yeah Drano is a good word, it sounds bad. I am praying you wont have chemo. Yes, please keep me up to date on your info.

Sorry about your puppy :(

I am glad the other puppies are doing better :)

Dolores

 

JJDS
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Good luck with your surgery!

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susie09
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Wanting to make sure that I send you lots of good luck and big hugs for your upcoming surgery!

♥ Susie

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Kylez
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I'm wishing you the best with your surgery.  We will be there on the pink bus for you bright and early!

Lynne P
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Good luck to you with your surgery! 

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DianeBC
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Shary, wishing you good luck with the surgery and a fast recovery!

Hugs, Diane

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Ritzy
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Good luck Shary! 

Sue :)

Lynne P
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Good luck!

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hope67
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Good luck and take a break if you can. For me the surgery wasn't so bad.

Keep us posted.

Carmen

JJDS
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Good luck!

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Ritzy
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I am wishing you all the good luck for your surgery and praying for a quick recovery!

Sue :)

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mommaellen
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Sending prayers and good thoughts to you on your upcoming surgery.   If you get the pink bus, I will be riding along with you.  I went thru a right mastectomy last August with reconstruction so if you need someone to hold you hand on the bus, I will be happy too.

 

Mommaellen

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DianeBC
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Lots of positive thoughts and luck for your surgery!  We do need the pink bus for you!

 

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VickiSam
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take pain medication as prescribed

Multiple pillows in various, sizes help ..with sleeping on your back

-- Reclinder is another option for resting, or sleeping

Frozen pea's bags on hand -- helps with the swelling

Please have cups, saucers, plates at arm level - as well as re-arranging your
fridge for more commonly used items at arm levels. Tide/Downy small container
sizes - also at arm level. Reaching up and grabbing heavy items -- will tear
your stitches, as well as hurt your arms. Muscles and tissue in breast, as well
as arm areas will be cut,moved and sewn back together.

 
I tried to take a bath ..but hence could not pull myself out of the our spa tub,
no muscles or strength in my arms after bilateral mastectomy.. It took my
husband, and daughter some time to pull me out of the tub == without hurting me.
Not a pretty time, or sight to say the least. So I opted to shower ...My husband
removed our shower head, and replaced it with a flex hose type so I could shower
maneuvering the flex hose from waist down, as well as place shower water under
my arms.

Lastly, please make sure you do your exercises as prescribed by Plastic Surgeon,
and Physical Therapist.

Strength, Courage, Hope and Speedy recovery.

Vicki Sam

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Gavinsgrandma
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Thank you so much Ladies for your well wishes and yes I will be ready for the pink bus Thursday morning, and I will keep you all posted.

 

Shary

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