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    To those who talk about depression, this quote sums the best way I found to deal with this mess we have to deal with!
    "It is impossible to be both grateful and depressed. Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up."

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      GregP_WN

      Good points

      over 6 years ago
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      debco148

      Attypatty, you are so right! I remember coming home from surgery and from chemo, etc. and thinking I feel awful, until I realized that at least I could feel something! 2 1/2 years later I look back at what a different person I was then and before dx. I learned so many lessons from that mess of an experience and made so many cherished connections with wonderful spirited people. I AM truly in awe of life now, I don't take things for granted ..like you said even the sun on my face (although I think now...good...some vitamin D!) It has given me the strength I've always wished I could have and then I realize there is nothing special about me...it is a gift all of us have. We as humans have so much within us to share and there is a reason we are here...so let's just be us! Take a lot of load off worrying doesn't it! Thanks for your insight! xxoo D

      over 6 years ago
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      Keith59

      Well said!

      over 6 years ago
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    OK friends... I am home now from my big scary DIEP surgery. Looks like the surgery is a success. I was certainly terrified to have fat from my stomach removed and reattached in the breast area for reconstruction. So, since the expander failed originally, I was offered this method and told I would be a candidate for it. I was nervous since I've had radiation and knew there was a chance it would also fail due to possible damage to the artery that was used for the blood supply to the fat. Well. I went in Friday, and woke to find out, yes there was lots of damage from radiation, but my surgeon made it happen anyway! Then the monitored me all weekend with a doppler sonogram to hear the blood just pumping through.. what a good sound. So I was in ICU for a few days but home messing around on my computer tonight.. can't believe it myself.. Truly a miracle and I'm grateful for such a wonderful surgeon! So if now I just have to take it easy for a couple of weeks, see the surgeon to check drains, etc. and I'm on my way! Feel free to ask me if you are considering this type of reconstruction..glad to help!

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      debco148

      Thank you, sweet Gabba. Love your sense of humor too! :)

      over 7 years ago
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      Gabba

      You are most welcome...have a good night!

      over 7 years ago
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      GregP_WN

      Glad you are home and doing well, as you can anyway!

      over 7 years ago
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    Ok, so I have had the mastectomy, did the chemo, and have 4 radiation treatments left. Focusing on future success.. I'd love input from survivors ..what is next? What tips or advice can you provide as to how to stay free and live a long healthy life. What has worked for you, what would you do differently, how do you focus your thoughts. I believe in remaining positive, and do, but I'd love to learn the secrets of our survivors.

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      GregP_WN

      Hi debco, great question, you might want to post that in the questions page, and everyone can see it there.
      thanks for posting!
      Greg P
      WhatNext Team

      over 8 years ago