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Date Joined Sep 2003
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   Posted 9/24/2005 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
It's probably normal, but two years after a lumpectomy, my whole breast is still tender!
I almost wish I could do something cosmetic for the dent,too, but I'm afraid of messing with the area.  It's like changing too much in an area that was already compromised...something could get growing in there if I mess too much with it.
These are probably just the fears that come with having had cancer and fearing a recurrence. 
Other than that, I've been fairly ok.  I haven't been posting much because I'm stretched a little thin, emotionally.  Work's getting to me.  I'm still looking at jobs, they're just not looking back yet.  I'm waiting for that great job to come along.  I'm just glad I have a job, what with winter and oil prices both coming up.
Mammo and breast surgeon on Columbus Day.
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius


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Date Joined Dec 2003
Total Posts : 257
   Posted 9/24/2005 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   


Sorry to hear you still have pain/tenderness! I hope that with time it will go away.  I guess that's one advantage of having the whole thing removed, as I am totally numb all around there so I can't really feel much there. (In fact, the other day when DH and I were at the Walk for the Cure there were so many people crowded together that I realized that this guy had been standing with his elbow IN my reconstructed boob for about 10 minutes before I even reacted!)

But, I imagine your nerve endings are very, very sensitive in the area operated on...ouch! I AM glad that you are here with us, though!

Lately, I've been thinking about that saying I've seen on buttons: "I didn't survive breast cancer to die from stress!"  Why is it that when it rains it pours?!

I work with a real bunch of...well, boobs, so I can sympathize with your work woes. I know you will find something that is a perfect fit for you sooner or later (and I'll push for the sooner!)

Hang in there, Doc!



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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 243
   Posted 9/25/2005 4:54 AM (GMT -7)   
That sounds like a long time. Have you talked to the surgeon or doc about it?

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Date Joined Jul 2003
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   Posted 9/25/2005 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Ellen, I have pains in my reconstructed breast occasionally. I think it is nerve endings that are still there trying to do something. And sometimes I get an itch inside the breast and also way deep in my reconstucted abdomen that went awry. That really drives me crazy, I can't scratch and I can't do anything to make it go away. I have rubbed until I bruised the outside skin trying to stop the itch. As for filling in the dent. You could go see a plastic surgeon. I had quite a dent after my second benign lump was removed. I figured it would fill in with fat and enjoyed food. I was right, it did fill in, along with adding some pounds elsewhere but back then I could diet and lose back. When I lost the breast stayed filled in. Take care of yourself, don't get too stressed with work. Hugs, MK

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Date Joined Jul 2003
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   Posted 9/25/2005 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Ellen: I know what you mean. I am still sore too and I had a mast. I am very numb too but underneath it all I do have nerve endings that are re-generating that gives me a little zing or two once in a while. Both the surgeon and P/S tell me it is normal and will probably be sore in one way or another always. I just need to stay alert for pulling. Scar tissue can make the area sore too. My implant pulls sometimes and that causes a stinging that is not too comfortable. But...whatever.

I hope the "boob" situation gets better for you. I hope you find a new job soon, but remember the known can be better than the unknown.

Blessings to you,

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: if one falls down, his friend can help him up.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

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