I have read the posts of Verlina and Jumperlady9 who are both new to Breast Cancer. I have been diagnosed on Jan 13 and will undergo radical masectomy on the left breast this Thurs February 26. Just like the other 2 ladies/sisters, I am scared of the unknown. They found the cancer cells in my lymph nodes before they were able to find the origin. For now the Doctor had told me Stage 3 but the final determination of the stage would be once they open me up and examine the breast. I am scared of this because most of the people that I talked or read about had only Stage 1 or 2. I try to be as positive as I could be because some people say it helps battle the disease. There are other times that I just cry and breakdown. Its a mixed feeling at this time. Also for those who had masectomy, can I asked you a question? When you had surgery did they start reconstructing the breast too? I have a co-worker who was able to do that but as far as my Dr goes, he did not give me that option and he just said that the recontruction can happen after radiation or a year from now. Any comments on this? Thanks.