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Date Joined Jun 2006
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 6/25/2006 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, this is Poppi,
4 1/2 years ago I was diagnosed with duct carcinoma in situ.  This means cancer was found in my milk ducts, but was contained within the breast, so no chemo (yay!). I had a mastectomy on the right breast.  I had reconstruction but the implant looked flat and funny.  I had it redone with a stouter implant.  Two years later my body saw the implant as an intruder and wrapped in scar tissue and attached it to my rib cage, causing a dent in my ribs. It was a mess and had become painfull. I had it removed last January.  I now have a lot loose skin and a puckery nipple, not to mention all the keloids (overgrown scarring).
I've been a hippie all my life and never could tolerate a bra.  They drive me crazy!  Nobody who knew me knew that I boycotted bras,  because I was never tacky about it, and I was just small enough to pull it off.  So now they give me a prosthesis to wear inside my bra.  I gave it my best shot, I swear, but hated it so much.  So then one day I thought "Who cares if someone can tell I'm one breast shy of a set?  If anyone ever asks me  I'll tell them simply I had breast cancer, I had the breast removed, and have you gotten your mammogram?"  If they say "mammograms hurt!  I don't want to get one!"  then I tell them "the worse mammogram ever is not as painfull or devastating as having breast cancer.  I was lucky to catch mine before I would've needed chemo."  And hey!  If anyone out there has only one breast, your mammogram should be half price.
Peace, Poppi

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Date Joined Jul 2003
Total Posts : 2044
   Posted 6/25/2006 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
What a great attitude!! Congratulations on your 4.5 years of survival. That is wonderful. Sorry, though about your problems with your implant. That is really too bad, but not the end of the world as you have learned. Welcome to the board. Always room for new breast friends. Where are you from? Do you have a family? Give us a little information about yourself. If you have not already found the roll call post near the top of the board, look for it. You will find lots of information about the people who post here. I am one of the "old timers" having hung around with some of these gals since 2000. It is a good group. Lauri in Minnesota, a 10+year survivor
"Go confidently into the direction of your dreams. Live the life you always imagined" Thoreau
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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Date Joined Oct 2004
Total Posts : 826
   Posted 6/25/2006 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Poppi,
I love you attitude, too.  How wonderful!  I had the same type of cancer and a mast. in Oct. 2004.  Went through chemo and rads.  Just had TRAM flap reconstruction in Jan. and couldn't be happier.  I hated wearing the prosthesis, too.  At first, I didn't think about reconstruction, but the longer I wore that thing, the more I hated it.  Very glad to be rid of it.  And, I'm loving the tummy tuck! 
L & H,

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