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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 9/27/2007 12:43 AM (GMT -6)   
well this friday it will be 2 weeks since my mastectomy.
FIrst my husband and I talked about recostruction, of course it was my decison...he didnt mind either way...
I am however am so HAPPY I decided to do the reconstruction.
For one reason........Not because of the "Vain" issue BUT, this is how I feel & of couse it is JMPO.
I had no idea that it was going to look this bad, I look like I got shot with a rifle at close range!
If I had to look at that everyday, ALL I would see is cancer, I think that once I get the reconstruction, I will see survival.
The pain isn't bad at all, under my  armpit hurts the most....It looks a heck alot worse then it feels.
I remember 5 weeks ago, someone on here said to follow your heart, and so far I have and I am so happy with the decsions I have made although everytime I make one I second guess myself.
But it is all coming together the way I wanted it to, it is so amazing, that as undecided I was on everything, IT ALL SEEMS TO BE WORKING OUT JUST AS I WISH.
Brain tumor 1981
Dx.Crohns disease 1996
bowel resecction 2001
Thyroid cancer 2001
breast cancer .....mastectomy 09-14-2007 waiting on chemo possibility
seizure disorder .....all my life.

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Date Joined Jul 2003
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   Posted 9/27/2007 6:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow has it been two weeks already? I am glad to hear you sound so positive. Honestly a mastectomy isn't as painful as it sounds. The underarm bit is the worst part. It will bother you for some time, but not so you can't handle it. Just do as you are supposed to, do the exercises and don't over do it. Take care, get lots of rest and eat well to heal. Hugs MK

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Date Joined Oct 2004
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   Posted 9/27/2007 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like you are doing great.  These decisions are hard.  I thought at first that I didn't want reconstruction.  However, after a year of wearing a prosthesis, I decided I couldn't do that the rest of my life.  I had a TRAM flap reconstruction and am SO glad I did.  I remember, after the mast, the underarm was the worst pain, also.  It takes time to heal and every day gets a little better.  I'm sure you know that already.
L & H,

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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 688
   Posted 9/30/2007 1:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I also had a tram flap and Im happy with the results. I too feel like you have to do what is right for you, not everyone is comfortable with a mastectomy or reconstruction. I feel that it is a very personal decision and should be looked at accordingly. There is NO right or wrong to this, it is whatever makes you happy. :) Good luck with what you decide and Im glad that you are bouncing back nicely from the mast.

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