Chloe: Lori is absolutely correct. She has given you some great info. In my case, my cancer was so involved and there were so many lymph nodes involved that I didn't have a choice. I was in such a state of shock that I didn't even think about asking for a bilateral. There is a history of bc in my family. I was 51 when I had my mastectomy. If I had been younger, I might have thought about reconstruction but at my age, I opted not to have it. I am seriously considering having my other breast removed this summer. It is difficult dealing w/ everything that is thrown at you. A 2nd opinion is something that we all strongly suggest getting. In my case, the first surgeon that I saw I totally detested. I already had an appt w/ another surgeon for a 2nd opinion and she was the one that I ended up using. Best choice that I ever made!
thought I would give you all an update. I met with my surgeon today and I loved her from the moment I met her. Her surgery speciality is BC and you could tell. I went in with week knees and a knot in my stomache. I came out informed, happy and in control!!! My Doc had told me I was to have a lumpectomy but turned out the BC was right below my nipple and spreading out so they were going to take alot with a lumpectomy. Surgeon also said that they were concerned because the original Biopsy, US and Mammo showed BC was aggressive. I opted for mast and sent nod
and am happy with my decision. All is to be done next Wednesday. Amazing to think my journey
started on Friday January 13 when I called my Doc about my lump and 26 days later I will be in surgery. Still a long road ahead and many bumps but I am on my way.
Chloe: Wow! You have had some day. I am so proud of your attitude and your "take charge" action!!!! I am glad that your surgeon was someone that you have faith in. That is soooooooo important. Yes, you have a long road ahead but just look at what is already behind you. Look how far you have come and you have survived. Your attitude is wonderful. Just keep that and you will do fine. Laughter is a great healer and will really help you during this journey.
I think Friday 13th is lucky also. I found my lump on Good Friday, which was the 13th. My surgery was on the 13th. My chemo began on the 13th and I finished w/ all treatments on the 13th (12 mos later). So keep believing in that magic number.
We will all be w/ you next week. I am sure that we can get the gals aboard our private plane and you will be surrounded by pink feathers.
Keep coming here. Remember, there is always someone around day and night.