Mastectomy - PatFul

Procedure or Surgery Associated with Breast Cancer. Posted on September 7, 2012 View this journey (2 Experiences)

I was fortunate to have a doctor who answered my questions, who treated me as a significant person (rather than as a work unit in his busy life). He showed me the box of tissues on his desk, saying, "I let my male patients cry once a day and I let my female patients cry twice a day." I encourage any woman going through the preparation for surgery to ask lots of questions. Don't apologize for this because it is your body that is about to undergo change. I had been a person who felt "in charge" of her life, who did for others rather than having others do things for her. During the pre-surgery and post-surgery period I had to learn how to let other people help me meet my needs. This surgery brought about a change in my perspective on life. I learned to take one day at a time, glean all the enjoyment I could out of each day, and not try to look ahead farther than what I needed to do for the immediate future.

Went as Expected: Agree
Minimal Recovery: Disagree
Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree

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