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    Nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof....Surgery (mastectomy) to right side scheduled for 8/30/2012 will have a tissue expander placed at the time of surgery. I am sad, mad and have all sorts of emotions at this time... I am having trouble coming to grips that I am going to go into a operating room and allow a part of me to be cut away... I know its a must in order to live and i appreciate the fact that I am lucky enough to have the chance to beat this thing. Any advise please on how to handle it emotionally.... I have always been self-concious :(

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      KarenG_WN

      Hi angeleyes,

      It sounds like you are going through a lot of what others have gone through. Please know you are not alone. I think this would be a great question to post in our Questions section. You can do this by clicking on Questions in the purple bar above, then typing int he box. It will automatically be routed to others with a similar diagnosis. In the meantime, here is a link to other conversations about mastectomies that might be helpful. https://www.whatnext.com/questions?utf8=✓&question_query=mastectomy

      about 4 years ago
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      Moonflay

      The whole of "you" can never be cut away. I understand the fear and the repulsion you feel but I've also known many survivors that have been through the same. They are the same wonderful souls coming out of treatment as they were going in. Keep your mind on the positive things and you'll get beyond this stage soon enough.

      /Big Hug for a speedy recovery

      about 4 years ago
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      nobrand

      Best wishes to you today for your surgery.

      about 4 years ago
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    Headed for Surgery Thursday, surgeon will be doing a mastectomy since Lumpectomy is out of the question now due to advancement... :( Nervous and sad! I still am having a difficult time wrapping my head around the whole thing....

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      Moonflay

      I'm sorry the lumpectomy didn't materialize for you. I'll keep you in my thoughts and wish you the best during this next step. All you really need to wrap your head around is the intent to beat this foe..whatever it takes :)

      /Hugs

      about 4 years ago
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      FreeBird

      Best wishes to you. One day at a time, toward recovery and onward to better days ahead.

      about 4 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): They say I will start chemo 3-4 weeks from now...we will see, Im holding on hope for a good run..

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    Decision Point (Reconstructive sugery options....): Was told I could not have implants done due to the radiation not being able to get to the area to radiate well, talked to surgeon again and plastic surgeon and a compromise is worked out, NO flap for me as that is not what i wanted. I will have TE put in when surgery is done but they will be inflated and deflated according to radiation t reatments so the area are easier to get too...thank God....

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    Decision Point (Lumpectomy vs Mastectomy not a choice anymore): When I was first diagnoses with IDC in June 2012, we were thinking the surgeon could be conservative and do a lumpectomy, the last biopsy result came in and what I thought was a choice became no choice at all...I now have to have a mastectomy due to the advancement of my cancer and it being lymphovascular...sad.