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    Ajfunstuff wrote on dmholt1957's wall

    I hope all is going well for you. You made it through chemo. I hope the neuropathy is gone. For me, after the second mastectomy, 5 months later, I had hematomas formed and they were drained 5 successive times and they would never resolve. It got so uncomfortable that August I had surgery and have an even bigger scar since they had to cut me wide open again. It was like having a third mastectomy which is weird since I only had two boobs to start with. An amazing 250cc of blood and a bunch of tissue was removed that they called capsules. Hopefully this is the end of the saga...five surgeries in 2-1/2 years. I am so worn out.

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    Why in the world would you allow them to give chemo if it is stage 0? This is a systemic treatment usually reserved for Her2 positive or if in the lymph nodes. Sounds like overkill to me.

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    Hi Helen. I am 61 and have been so happy to have found this website. It's great to share what's going on because we have had experiences that you may be able to relate to. You will get encouragement and understanding here. I know I have. I'd had 19 years of mammograms before something popped up on the screen that they didn't like and then the ultrasound and then the biopsies and the merry-go-round began in 2012 and the first mastectomy in April and then the reconstruction that found cancer in the other breast when they were doing that 2nd surgery in Sept. 2012 when they thought the other one was unaffected all along BUT THEY WERE WRONG and then the radiation and then more diagnostics after that. I'm still reeling from that when a lump was found and a second mastectomy November 2013 and the merry-go-round continues as I am probably facing another surgery since there are hematomas that keep coming back after being aspirated 5 successive times. So knowing that diagnostics and treatment are imperfect in an imperfect world, and knowing breast cancer is different in each case doesn't make it any easier to cope with it all but everyone here at WHATNEXT is awesome because all of us have been through it or are in the middle of going through it and I can tell you that the emotional and mental ups and downs can be evened out to help you cope with anything that comes your way with the right attitude! I hope you will tell your story and let us give you all the virtual hugs that the Internet allows.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Fifth time draining hematoma that formed along mastectomy scar, and blood now totals 538cc removed. Facing Sclerotherapy and possible plastic surgery to fix protrusion left by hematoma)