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    Side Effects (Lots of side effects from chemo and radiation): Chemo side effects: hair came back much thinner and gray instead of brown, hearing loss, loss some toenails, neuropathy, tinnitus. Radiation side effects: 6 months after radiation, skin on breast started becoming more firmer and tightening around implant making radiated side smaller, have developed redness, swelling and hardness around scar on radiated side, radiated side implant did not drop like the unradiated side; therefore I don't have symmetry with my implants.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): I had 5 weeks of daily radiation. The first 3 weeks had no impact except for tiredness. Starting the end of week 3, I began developing burns that were painful. this increased even two weeks after the radiation stopped. I had burns with blisters that broke open and bled. It was a most painful experience. I used the moisturizing creams prescribed for weeks afterward. I am happy to say that after about 6 months the skin returned to its normal color.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I had 6.5 months of chemo which impacted my life many days. Losing my hair was probably the hardest.

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    Procedure or Surgery: Had no complications or unexpected side effects due to surgery.

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      Procedure was a double mastectomy.

      3 months ago
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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.