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    Bullhead12 wrote on Comet08's wall

    Hi and welcome. I have been in the same shoes you are now walking in. I am two years out from a bilateral mastectomy after being diagnosed with DCIS. The treatment was my decision due to family history, previous lumpectomies and felt it was the right thing for me. It is not for everyone. The great thing is that it is non invasive and thus gives you time and alot of options to consider for treatment or not. If I can help in any way or answer any questions, please don't hesitate. We are all in this together!

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    Bullhead12 wrote on Karendarring's wall

    Sorry for your recent diagnosis but believe me, I have never looked back. Diagnosed in 2011, bilateral mastectomy 1/12 (my choice). No chemo or radiation required. Luckily, I was a candidate for immediate placement of implants. I'm not saying it was a cake walk. As I have issues with pain meds, I made sure that they gave me an anti-nausea in the hospital and for at home. What a difference it made in how I felt. No excruciating pain after the surgery. Slept for the first several days in a recliner. Make sure you are comfortable with your surgeon and that he is willing to discuss with you all of your options and that he/she is willing to take the time YOU need to get the answers. If not, find another doctor. This can make all of the difference. Make the choice that you feel is best for you. A couple of my friends thought I was crazy opting for the mastectomy but I had previous lumpectomies and decided that enough was enough. Doing great and living my life to the fullest. A cancer diagnosis is always scary but there is alot of information to be had, either from others who have been through it or through the internet. Good Luck.

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    Bullhead12 wrote on stewsrdess's wall

    I know how scary your diagnosis can be as I am 58 and was diagnosed with DCIS stage 0-1 in Dec. of 2011. After careful consideration, many talks with my surgeon, plastic surgeon and several women who had been in my situation previously I decided on a bilateral mastectomy. I had previously had a lumpectomy in 2003 but every year I had to repeat my mammo or have an ultrasound etc and decided that the stress was going to kill me before anything else got the chance. Also, I guess I believed in the old adage "three strikes and your out" and did not want to take the chance. Be comfortable with your surgeon. Make sure that he/she is available for questions and do not feel like you are being rushed out of an appointment. Research, research, research before you make your decision. Talk with others who have been in your situation. My decision would not work for everyone. Consider the recuperation period involved with each procedure. I was lucky to be able to have implants placed immediately following surgery and did not need chemo or radiation and thus did not have to deal with tissue extenders. It has been a journey as I was diagnosed the day after I retired. XXX of a way to start my retirement but I feel that I made the decision that was best for me. Actually I advised my plastic surgeon that I had been carrying these around for years and would really like to go down a size or two and did. Wonderful results. Good luck in whatever decision you make. Your physicians can make all of the difference. Mine were fabulous.

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    Bullhead12 wrote on mary1954's wall

    Diagnosed with DCIS 11/11. Having had previous lumpectomy I decided that a bilateral was the only way for me to go. I was considered stage 0-1 with a scattering throughout my left breast. I am 17 months out and doing great. As it was a pretty good bet that I wouldn't need radiation or chemo, I opted for immediate reconstruction and the implants were placed the same day as the mastectomy. I have no regrets for the decision that I made. It was great when it was time for my yearly and I didn't cringe knowing that my mammo was coming up and wondering, as I did every time, how many times I would have to go back to be sure there was nothing there. I am doing everything that I did prior to my bilateral and I feel great. I wish you luck in finding a new doctor. Be sure it is someone that you are comfortable with and can talk comfortably with about your concerns. Good luck with your surgery!

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      I knew it was the right decision for ME. It would not be for everyone. Some of my friends thought I was crazy. I am very happy with the results. I had a second surgery to correct one of my implants that was lopsided. I did not have the final surgery to form the nipples and then tattoo the aerola. I had it scheduled but decidcd the it was time to have some fun and stop recuperating. Have decided that I don't need them. I'm 58 years old and decided that I had no need for "perky boobs". Good luck! Any questions, I will be glad to answer from my perspective.

      over 3 years ago
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      Sorry, forgot to answer your questions on mammograms. I don't have any. My surgeon has suggested that because I still have my lymph nodes that I have an ultrasound or cat scan every year. I had an ultrasound this spring.

      over 3 years ago