• Mastectomy

    Asked by Paula56 on Thursday, February 21, 2013


    I have a mastectomy in one week. I am not afraid. As a matter of fact, I sometimes forget that I have to have it! My anchor is the Lord. I know that I will get to the other side of this mountain. I pray that I won't have to have chemo but if I do, I do. I have been through tougher times than this. To me, this is another hurdle...just a little shorter than some of the others I have been over. Every single one of you are in my prayers. :)

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    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear Paula56,

      That's wonderful that you're not afraid to have your mastectomy. From what I see re your diagnosis, it seems as if it might be caught early? I'm fortunate in that mine was as well, but not as early as I believe yours was because I had invasive breast cancer. Hopefully, you will be fine from this experience and if you have faith and belong to a religious community, that will stand you in good stead in helping you get through this time.

      I wish you a good and peaceful week before you surgery and a safe surgery and pain free recovery. If I can do anything for you, please let me know-I'm a Librarian (retired) and also a trained Medical Librarian.

      Warm wishes,

      over 6 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      Keep in touch with us and we'll offer whatever support we can here.

      over 6 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      Paula, you have the right attitude and that is sure to get you through, even if you must have chemo. Initially I didn't plan on chemo and was devastated when told I'd need it, but time passes and with it, the ups and downs of chemo life. With God's help and the love and support of family and friends, I got through it and today feel stronger and ready to face whatever is ahead of me. Good luck as you move forward in this battle. You already have the best weapons you can have: faith and courage.

      over 6 years ago
    • Kelli's Avatar


      I was not afraid either, I had bilateral mastecomy in 2011. My God was with me every second. I pray that your recovery goes smoothly. Sometimes He takes us on a journey where you think its all about you and at the end it really is an opportunity to support, comfort, and share with others, because we have already gone down that path. Blessings, I am putting you on my calendar to pray for you on surgery day

      over 6 years ago
    • BetsyP's Avatar

      You have a great attitude! You will get through this and be stronger for it!

      over 6 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar

      Great Attitude!... I can't say that I was scared on my bi-lateral mastectomy either but after the fact did feel the loss of something being taken away (even though never did like my small breast :) ) Mine was Invasive and I'm Triple Neg. I was stage 1, but still had to do Chemo for precautionary purposes. Best of Luck to you Hugs!!...

      over 6 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      Hi Paula. I had a mastectomy on May 7, 2012. I wasn't afraid either, just relieved to get the cancer out. I felt te peace of God. I did have chemo and I was terrified. Thank God for prayer warriors who stand in the gap for us! "His strength is made perfect in weakness. It was hard, but I got through it. I also did radiation which was much easier. I just had surgery last week to exchange my expander for an implant. It's been quit a year. You will find that you are much stronger than you ever thought possible. While I would never choose to have cancer, the experience has changed me in so many good ways. My priorities have changed. I appreciate little things. People are more important than things. Take time to live in the moment. You will be in my prayers. God bless you with every step of this journey. Hugs:)

      over 6 years ago
    • Netsy's Avatar

      A friend and breast cancer survivor gave me a book "Praying through cancer..set your heart free from fear" by Susan Sorensen & Laura Geist which I think you would love as a fellow believer! One saying I love is "let the Big C (Christ) conquer the little c ( cancer) " Philippians 4:7 is me! Peace comes from God you will get through this and I too refuse to walk in fear but faith! May God bless us all

      over 6 years ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      The best of luck to you, Paula56. I look forward to hearing from you after your surgery.

      over 6 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      Good luck to you. I had a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation. Not fun but doable. Prayer sure helps. Good luck to you! You will be a Survivor in no time!

      over 6 years ago
    • nonnie917's Avatar

      You have the right type of outlook on life Paula. God is our Rock and our great healer. You will be just fine. I went through the same thing myself. Had to believe that God would help the doctors get all of the cancer. I had it in the left breast an didn't know it until they did an MRI. So I chose to have a double mastectomy. It hasn't been a pleasant ride, but they got it all an I only have one more surgery to go before I am finished. Can't wait for that day when I can say "I AM ALL DONE!!!!" Hang in there and good luck. With your attitude you will do just fine.

      over 6 years ago
    • pressinfwd's Avatar

      Hi Paula,

      I had bilateral mastectomy on 2/21/13 with immediate reconstructive surgery. Its been almost 2 months and I feel great. Unfortunately, I will have to have chemo (starting tomorrow) but I know God is with me as he always is. You have the right attitude, trusting in the Lord! He will see you through it all. Someone told me that God gives the toughest battles to his strongest soldiers and I believe! So stay strong and continue to lean on him for strength. God Bless you and take care.


      over 6 years ago
    • midnight09's Avatar

      I had a mastectomy but it took awhile till I could do it to find the surgeon & set it all up. The Lord is my hope & strengh! He is my help in time of need & sometimes daily, hourly, & minute! I did not have to have radiation, chemo, just the pills which I have had a reaction to 4 of them. None of them worked as I had a allergic reaction to them. Hives just recently. I only have a 9% chance according to the test from California. What's next? I'm not sure but the Lord knows all the details we just have to have faith he does carry you through the hardest of days!

      over 6 years ago

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