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    Bilateral mastectomy tomorrow...more afraid of the lymph node biopsy - any advice?

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      AlizaMLS

      Hi Cheryl, Welcome to the site! I had a unilateral mastectomy in December and had similar worries so I can understand where you're coming from. As for advice - this isn't something you have control over, so as the 12 Step people say, "Let Go and Let G-d" Nothing you can do or worry can influence this so just try and relax as much as possible so that you have the strength to deal with the consequences. If you are lucky, as I was, there won't be anything in the lymph nodes. If you're not so lucky, you are probably doing the smartest thing you can do. I'm hopeful you'll wake up and be ok and able to make clear headed decisions step by step. Be easy on yourself and I hope you have lots of support! Warmest wishes, Aliza

      almost 4 years ago
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      jvbaseballmom2

      Best of luck to you. I had a bilateral mastectomy with lymph node dissection. I believe 11 nodes removed, and one was positive. Had chemo treatments, 5 years of tamoxifin, and now on Femara. It's been 7 1/2 years. We'll be thinking good thoughts for you. You will get through this. Be strong!

      almost 4 years ago
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      nonnie917

      Try to stay positive. A lot depends on what type of cancer you have, how far it has gone, if it is infiltrating, etc. All they do is take the sentinel node and check it. If it is clean, the rest are more than likely clean as well. If it comes out clean, be prepared for the pain. That the worst part of the mastectomy for me. That sucker hurt for weeks because it is right under your arm where the bra strap hits. I stopped wearing a bra after my double mastectomy and first partial reconstruction. I was so flat chested there was no need for a bra. My last reconstruction (implants) surgery will probably be in April. I can't wait either. I just want to get this over with and start living again.

      almost 4 years ago
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