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    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!!!

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      Gabba

      Happy birthday and many, many more!

      6 months ago
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      banditwalker

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

      6 months ago
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      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.

      6 months ago
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    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.

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    copland16 asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Recovery time for phase 2 breast reconstruction

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      karen1956

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

      11 months ago
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      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!

      11 months ago
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      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.

      9 months ago