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    I just read your blog. Thank you for your transparency. My husband is my caregiver and he has been awesome. I feel guilty that he has done so much, but his caregiving is what keeps me going. You are giving the supreme gift to your wife. I know she appreciates you more than she can ever express.

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    Hi Ohhemmgee, I was diagnosed with invasive lobular breast cancer in June 2015. I have completed my treatment and I am doing fine. We on this board are here for each other. Feel free to ask any questions. I have found this board very helpful! Good luck!

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    gailk asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Breast reconstruction (implant)

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      MLT

      Because of radiation, I did not try an implant. Went for prophylactic Mx on other side, then bilateral DIEP flap. Have read that many of us have tried the implant on the radiated side, only to have problems. Then some have had a flap procedure. Hope you can get some help and satisfaction. Hugs ( )

      3 months ago
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      gpgirl70

      I'm so sorry you are having to deal with this. Breast tissue changes after radiation even if you haven't had a mastectomy and reconstruction. My mother had a lumpectomy and the breast that was radiated is vastly different from her other breast. I did not notice the difference in the first few years, but as time has gone on the difference between breasts has become much more visible even with a bra on. I think there is only so much a surgeon can do, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't get a second opinion. I'm sure my mom could have surgery to even out the situation but she's been stage IV for nearly 10 years. She has other things to worry about and doesn't want to go through surgery and stress out her body. I opted to stay flat, but there is a big difference even with me between the radiation side and other side especially as far as movement, lymphedema, pain.

      3 months ago
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      HRtr

      I had the same issue. My plastic surgeon removed the implant on the non-radiated side and lifted it up to roughly the same level as the radiated side. I also had some fat grafting. They are not perfect, but much more even. All the best.

      2 months ago
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