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    Celebration (Finished treatment): Happy that all surgeries are finally complete- no cancer detected in system.
    Happy that no more mamographies are required- no more breasts.
    Happy to be free from using the prosthetic breast, especially when wearing a bathing suit and swimming.
    Looking forward to a time when she feels recovered, and we reach the 5-year survivor mark (again).

    Cancer in general and breast cancer in particular is still a common topic of discussion and a daily topic of focus about others who have breast cancer and breast cancer activities.

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    Side Effects (Chemo brain): Chemo brain, or "chemo fog" continues to be a nuisance.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Breast Reconstruction (Flap)): Surgeries went very well. Cancer was localized and clear margins were achieved.
    Doctors came down to review immediately after surgery was complete.
    Second surgery (reconstruction) was long and recovery from anesthetic was very long (and anxiety inducing).
    Hospital stay was excellent, albeit short. As always, they are interested in getting patients up and out.
    Recovery at home has been much more difficult than expected. Wound care and drains were manageable, but tiring- a nuisance.
    It took days before my wife could get out of a chair without help. The swelling was very slow to go down, and the binder (a.k.a. girdle) was both troublesome and uncomfortable. Mobility was far worse than either C-section she already went through.
    It took 3(?) weeks before all the drains were removed. She required a 'touch-up' follow on surgery with the plastic surgeon to adjust for size and balance and to improve abdominal coverage- previous surgery left what seemed to be a high-hernia bulge.
    Abdomen is consideraly weaker now, and she still has difficulty getting up from a prone position.

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    Oh No (Cancer is back/Recurred ): MRI indicates problem area in other breast.
    New breast cancer confirmed in second breast.
    Plan is to perform second mastectomy, followed by double reconstruction.

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    Celebration (Anniversary): Five year recovery complete- NO CANCER!
    No more tamoxifen.
    Dealing with prosthetic a nuisance.
    Cancer in general, and breast caner specifically, still a major topic of conversation.