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    Procedure or Surgery (Nipple reconstruction): Chose to have the nipple reconstructed on October 3, 2011. Easy...Peasy!!

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    Procedure or Surgery (Breast Reconstruction (Implant)): After 12 weeks of having the expanders filled to the size that I chose, I had the actual 650 ml implants inserted on May 10, 2010.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Breast Reconstruction (Flap)): Began reconstruction with the latissimus dorsi flap procedure and expanders.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Sentinel lymph node biopsy): 5 nodes were removed and 3 still had cancer.

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    Decision Point: Because I had completed chemo and responded well to the treatment (tumors had disappeared), my doctor was surprised to find that 3 of the 5 nodes that he removed still had cancer. He suggested radiation. After lots of prayer and having my case presented in front of the "tumor board", I chose to decline radiation and move along with the reconstruction.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Double Mastectomy): December 29, 2010...double mastectomy, sentinal node biopsy, reconstruction.