• Bilateral mastectomy tomorrow...more afraid of the lymph node biopsy - any advice?

    Asked by CherylS on Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    Bilateral mastectomy tomorrow...more afraid of the lymph node biopsy - any advice?

    10 Answers from the Community

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    • HearMeRoar's Avatar

      Hi Cheryl! I am having that done on Friday. I am new to this and am sort of a mess ;). Please know you are not alone and together - as a What Next team we'll get through it! If you ask me, what's next is JOY! LIFE! LOVE!

      My diagnosis has come about in a weird way... I had a needle aspiration of one lymph node and that is already confirmed as positive. I pray the damage is limited. Wish you blessings and wellness.

      XOXO- ROAR!

      over 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I had bilat with axillary dissection on the breast cancer side....I don't remember it being worse on that side that the prophy side....I went in to bilat knowing that the lymph nodes were positive for BC so axillary was done rather than sentinal node...

      over 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      The best advice I can give is stay positive!! Be aggressive in your battle and give it your best. You will find strength through the love, prayers and support of family and friends. I was diagnosed with Stage III Invasive Lobular Carcinoma in Nov 2011 -- had bilateral mastectomy (8 out of 11 lymph nodes were positive) followed by Chemo and Radiation. I am now on Arimidex for 5 years. In Oct 2012 I was told I was "Cancer Free" -- so maintain your hope and all will be well. Good Luck!

      over 4 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      Fear is part of this process. When you finally know what you are battling, though, you can really dig in against it and fight it with all you've got. I'll hope and pray your outcome is a good one and that your recovery goes smoothly. Good luck as you move forward.

      over 4 years ago
    • cris' Avatar

      I just want you to know I am thinking of you today, ((((((HUGS)))))

      over 4 years ago
    • laurie's Avatar

      I see we are both Orange County Girls! I am sorry I don't have any advice to offer but I like the other responses about staying positive! Attitude is everything! I will be praying for you!

      over 4 years ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      I have not had this surgery but I just want to let you know that I am thinking of you and wishes you all the best.

      over 4 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Hi Cheryl, Welcome to the site! I had a unilateral mastectomy in December and had similar worries so I can understand where you're coming from. As for advice - this isn't something you have control over, so as the 12 Step people say, "Let Go and Let G-d" Nothing you can do or worry can influence this so just try and relax as much as possible so that you have the strength to deal with the consequences. If you are lucky, as I was, there won't be anything in the lymph nodes. If you're not so lucky, you are probably doing the smartest thing you can do. I'm hopeful you'll wake up and be ok and able to make clear headed decisions step by step. Be easy on yourself and I hope you have lots of support! Warmest wishes, Aliza

      over 4 years ago
    • jvbaseballmom2's Avatar

      Best of luck to you. I had a bilateral mastectomy with lymph node dissection. I believe 11 nodes removed, and one was positive. Had chemo treatments, 5 years of tamoxifin, and now on Femara. It's been 7 1/2 years. We'll be thinking good thoughts for you. You will get through this. Be strong!

      over 4 years ago
    • nonnie917's Avatar

      Try to stay positive. A lot depends on what type of cancer you have, how far it has gone, if it is infiltrating, etc. All they do is take the sentinel node and check it. If it is clean, the rest are more than likely clean as well. If it comes out clean, be prepared for the pain. That the worst part of the mastectomy for me. That sucker hurt for weeks because it is right under your arm where the bra strap hits. I stopped wearing a bra after my double mastectomy and first partial reconstruction. I was so flat chested there was no need for a bra. My last reconstruction (implants) surgery will probably be in April. I can't wait either. I just want to get this over with and start living again.

      over 4 years ago

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