lasheliz's Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Prefer not to answer/not applicable/unsure, Female, Age: 35

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    • lasheliz
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    It went as expected, but will impact me for the rest of my life. Day to day, there is no pain or discomfort, but physically I feel very different. Recovery was less painful than I expected, but I definitely needed some sort of pain medication for two weeks (narcotics for one week, Tylenol every four hours for the next). Once the drains came out, I felt a lot better. It took aabout a month to get back to actually feeling like myself again and was finally able to move my arms above my head without bracing for discomfort. It's been 4 months since the initial mastectomy with expanders and I can lie on my stomach to read, though it feels weird, and I can jog and lift things without trouble. Though I feel good, I'm having the second part of the reconstructive surgery next week - implants! So, we'll see how that goes. I hear it's a lot less intensive than the initial operation.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • lasheliz
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    Losing my breasts was something I anticipated, but nothing could prepare me for the actual process of grieving. It has its ups and downs. I am relieved that I don't have to worry as much anymore, but my body is now changed forever. No matter what I do, I will never be "whole" or "perfect" again. And I have lost sensation there, which was the hardest part of it all.

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    • lasheliz
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Genetic Counselling

    Other Care

    I still have risks associated with BRCA1, such as ovarian and pancreatic cancer. I visited with a genetic counsellor (not the initial person I saw when I started this process) and genetic oncologist who suggested an oophrectomy in ten years. It's not something I want to think about now, but I am hopefull that maybe there will be better options when the time comes.

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