• copland16's Avatar

    copland16 started following

    User: CancerNews

  • copland16's Avatar

    copland16 shared an experience

    Celebration (Birthday): Today is my 42nd birthday. I'm excited to be celebrating another one! My cancer was only stage 2 but I am still grateful for every day that I am here with my family!!!

    3 Comments
    • Gabba's Avatar
      Gabba

      Happy birthday and many, many more!

      over 1 year ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar
      banditwalker

      Happy Birthday!!! I hope you get everything you want!!

      over 1 year ago
    • cbanks' Avatar
      cbanks

      Happy birthday!! You are correct. We celebrate our birthdays. For me i find that I become more and more grateful and blessed ever day! Congratulations and thank you for sharing.

      over 1 year ago
  • copland16's Avatar

    copland16 shared an experience

    Procedure or Surgery (Breast Reconstruction (Implant)): I have waited a long time for this reconstruction. I had it scheduled and June and there were complications prior to surgery so we didn't start it. It's been almost 3 years since my mastectomy. I had an implant replace the tissue expander and a lift and reduction in my other breast. The soreness is tolerable. I miss picking up my 2 year old and hugging him (he's not gentle so no chance of that happening soon).
    My follow up appointment found an infection on my implant side so plastic surgeon had to cut and resuture while I was in his office. This was done under Novicane.
    I then had a blister on the underside of my other breast. I am still on antibiotics and use Bacitracin and switch out dressing twice a day.
    Tolerable surgery. I return to work next week. Excited that the process is almost complete! Nipple reconstruction would be the next step, but I'm going to wait and see how I heal first.

  • copland16's Avatar

    copland16 started following

  • copland16's Avatar

    copland16 asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Recovery time for phase 2 breast reconstruction

    5 answers
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      I took one week off work post exchange...it was a relatively easy surgery and recovery...no drains.....

      almost 2 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar
      gwendolyn

      I was interested to read you had TE for 2.5 years. Looks like I'll have mine for 1.5 at least. Good luck with your next step!

      almost 2 years ago
    • ld_105's Avatar
      ld_105

      I had the tissue expander removed and the right breast reduction on Jul 16. The PS said two weeks for recovery. It really took three and one half weeks. I'm still taking pain meds when needed and use a bra to control movement of the breast.
      The reconstructed breast is more painful than the one with the tissue expander. However, if you can tolerate an expander for 2.5 years I'm sure you'll be fine. I found the expander painful and uncomfortable. The mastectomy is much more painful that the breast reconstruction surgery.

      over 1 year ago
  • copland16's Avatar

    copland16 asked a questionBreast Cancer

    As a survivor are you involved in fighting back? Do you volunteer if you are post treatment?

    9 answers
    • Queen_Tatiana's Avatar
      Queen_Tatiana

      My husband is the cancer patient and has been fighting cancer for 8 years now. In the past we have volunteered along with our hound dog with a search group here in WA. We also do Relay for Life. This board/forum has been very good for both of us as it offers us a way to help while he is still battling active cancer.

      over 2 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar
      Ydnar2xer

      I am still getting chemo but figure I "volunteer" by trying to help others learn about cancer & cancer patients. I've had some friends who know exactly what to say, while others say the )#(*)%est things...like telling me about other friends they had who died from the type of cancer I had! I think lots of people don't know what to say and are nervous, so then they start off on the wrong foot & it gets worse from there! If I can tell my friends about the emotions I feel, what symptoms I'm going through and how they can really help me (if they want), I will. Most of my friends are thankful for the information. I also run a non profit scholarship organization and do Relay for Life every summer I can.

      over 2 years ago
    • Daytonagal's Avatar
      Daytonagal

      I have always been active with the ACS first by doing the Bikeathon and now the Relay for Life. I have a team and am on the committee but I am not the Survivor/Caretaker Chair. I am still too close too losing my sister last year and then my dx to be able to speak without breaking down. However I do find being on the committee, I can give a survivor POV.

      over 2 years ago