plans for pink ribbons instead of nipples on new breasts

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karen in north idaho
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   Posted 7/19/2006 12:46 AM (GMT -7)   
 For my new boobs: Perhaps a pink ribbon tattoo instead of a nipple!? I do believe that is what I will do! It does look odd for breasts to be so.... well so naked!  A pink ribbon would appear to be an aeriola from a distance... these boobs are not meant for a strip club!! tongue They are for balance, symmetry, and comfort! (It is very comfortable to wear only a little tank top in this heat!) I feel so lucky to have the option of reconstruction, and I know this option is only available to us because so many women have been fighting to survive, and to live after being diagnosed with breast cancer.  Thanks to all of you who have "cleared the way."           Karen in north Idaho

babyseeester
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   Posted 7/20/2006 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I love your attitude and still can't get over how well you are doing so early.  They do look naked without nipples, huh?  At first, I didn't think I wanted to 'go all the way', but my PS said it would be like an unfinished painting and he's right.  So, under the knife again I go.  Do you have any bulging areas where the material was tunneled through the inframammary fold?  I do and I hope he can fix it. 
L & H,
Kathy


karen in north idaho
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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 7/22/2006 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Kathy,
I do have more tissue, but since I had a bilateral it is not uneven...so it is just fatter where my ribs meet. Do you have that weird tight feeling around the belly button? Since i have always dealt with constipation it is oddly familiar so it does not bother me too much.
I am bummed that my boobs are not very even. The surgeon had a bugger of a time with the radiated tissue on the left side so the left breast is smaller. The nurse said to give it time, but I can tell that later I will want something done to make them more symetrical. I hope the PS will agree, I will wait and see how everything settles!
I am glad I did have an "easy" time. The surgeon said I healed in the top 5%. However, I was very high strung and I was really pissy when the nurse was going to switch pain medication w/out informing me!!!! So my behavior may have been in the bottom 5%!!! Stress brings out the fight or flight in all of us! (there were a few other issues I was a bit pissy about also!!)
I seem to have hit a rut and am just staying the same, I am not standing any straighter than a week ago and it is buggy... I have had to made an effort to relax because the pain meds have caused me to so feel wired! I am done w/ them now, but the side effects are still here!
Muscle relaxers help, and I have ambien to help me sleep at night. However, I am making sure I do not do too much!
thanks for the post!! Karen

babyseeester
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   Posted 7/22/2006 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
My whole abdomen was very tight for quite awhile.  I could hardly eat anything without it being uncomfortable.  I thought, great, I'll lose weight if that keeps up.  Guess what?  It stretches!  LOL  I couldn't stand straight for 3 weeks and it really hurt my back.  I think it was about 4 weeks that the PS said I could start walking a little at a time.  I don't really remember exactly.  Once I did start, I made progress every day.  I went back to work after 6 1/2 weeks. 
 
It's still uncomfortable if I eat too much, so that's good.  
 
The tissue will soften as time goes on.  I was kind of disappointed at first with how it looked and felt, but it gets better.  It felt very tight against my chest at first and was rather uncomfortable.  Now I could actually shape it into a bra, but I'm still wearing sports bras.  After I get the other one fixed, I'll go buy myself a sexy bra!  LOL  I'm anxious to start showing some cleavage again!!!   tongue  
 
Do you have skin pain on your abdomen?  I did for several months and that was miserable.  It was from the tightness of being stretched and the nerves reacting.
 
Take it easy and don't over do anything.
L & H,
Kathy

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