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    Hello fellow nyc sister. I was also recently diagnosed. Going for a bilateral on June 27th since my idc is multifocal. Stay positive and enjoy life. I know it's hard, trust me but stay positive.

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    Jserenityb asked a questionBreast Cancer

    IDC - opted for a double mastectomy. Any personal info on recovery time? So scared but I'm going for it.

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      karen1956

      Bilat.....one side prophy and simple mastectomy....breast cancer side modified radical mastectomy with axillary dissection...by 2 1/2 weeks post bilat, I was feeling good going out to lunch with friends

      over 4 years ago
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      mistyb

      I too was scared silly of the surgery-- I had a bilateral mastectomy on 5/22 and had expanders placed for reconstruction. I ended up with 14 lymph nodes removed for further testing. My hospital stay was for 3 days only due to the distance I had to travel home.
      I had 3 drains, 2 of which were removed this last week.
      I think I underestimated recovery time on my end-- but every day you will notice it is easier and easier to do things. 12 days out and I am feeling like I could do things other than take a nap (now hits the frustration at all of the restrictions)
      When you are not able to raise your arms to wash you hair..you might consider a couple of trips to your salon to have them wash it for you. So much easier than trying to figure out the logistics of how to do it at home and your caregiver will like it also! :)

      over 4 years ago
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      jvbaseballmom2

      I also opted for a bilateral mastectomy. I was feeling better in about 2 weeks. The hardest part for me were the drains, and getting up and down when sitting in a chair (upper arm strength probably more from lymph nodes being removed). Best of luck to you!

      over 4 years ago