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    Procedure or Surgery (Implant chemotherapy port): Quick surgery, I was under anesthesia for it, area was pretty sore for a few days afterward but pretty simple little procedure. I did not like the way it felt under my skin, or how it looked. But, it was saving my veins from the chemo, and i had seen nurses struggle to get a good vein in some of the other chemo patients, so I'm glad I had my port put in.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Sentinel lymph node biopsy): I had the radioactive dye injected before i went in for my mastectomy. Although it lasted only a few seconds, the pain from the injection was unbelievable. It stung like hot acid. But, you do what you have to do...and the good news was that my nodes were all negative for cancer!!

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    Procedure or Surgery (Double Mastectomy): Was NOT as painful as I had anticipated. I had made peace with my body in the days before my surgery, so I was surprisingly NOT as upset as I thought I would be. Plain and simple, I just wanted the cancer OUT of me. 2 night hospital stay, the hardest part of my recovery was not being able to pick up my 2 yr old daughter for weeks.

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      I had the same experience with my mastectomy...not as painful as I imagined! I took Tylenol, not pain meds!

      almost 5 years ago
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    Decision Point: I had IDC in my right breast. ER-, PR+. My Dr. told me regardless of the surgery type I had, they would recommend chemotherapy afterwards because of my age. I was given the option of a lumpectomy followed by chemo + radiation, a mastectomy and chemotherapy, or a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. I consulted an oncologist as well as a plastic surgeon before making the decision to have both of my breasts removed followed by reconstruction with silicone implants.

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): I found a lump in my right breast when I was 34...a mammogram, ultrasound, and core needle biopsy later and my doctor told me that it was cancer.