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    Procedure or Surgery

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    Procedure or Surgery (Double Mastectomy): had lumpectomies, but after two and not getting clear edges had to have mastectomy, then three months later a new lump in the remaining breast and had cancer again, so had another mastectomy, unforunatly ahd internal bleeding and a hematoma form, so had to had emergency surgery the nest day, blood transfusions, was quit an ordeal.

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    Decision Point (had to face a mastectomy as they couldn't get clear edges, then just three months after multiple surgeries found a new lump and was diagnosed with cancer in the other breast.): I did not want to have to have radiation, so I had a mastectomy and then followed with another mastectomy after second diagnosis.

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    Loss (Body part/function): Just adjusting to no breasts, also all the changes, no longer able to work as I now have weakness in my arms, I was a hairdresser for 38 years it has been very hard to not be able to do the work I loved.

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      I'm going through the same adjustment of no breast. It's not fun to take your clothes of to shower and see the awful scars and strange shape. But I am trying not to dwell on that. I am thinking ahead to the pretty breast I am going to have that don't droop to my knees when I'm naked. I don't want great big ones that will droop. I'll be happy with a B or small C that stick out again. I don't plan to have nipples tattooed on. I am going to have a tattoo that looks like a strapless bra with lace and flowers in aqua and corals(my colors) so in the summer I can were a white shirt and people with think I just have on a beautiful bra underneath. The tattoos will cover the scars and I can move on with life. Try to focus on something positive. I'm sure the loss of your job will be harder to face than the lost of your breast. I just had mine done on Jan 2, 2014 but that is the way I've looked at it instead of grieving for a body part that was trying to kill me. I killed it first and now I'm getting a set that will not harm me. Good luck!!

      over 3 years ago
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    Side Effects: arm pain and weakness, lymphadema in one arm due to mastectomy

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (I luckily did not have to have chemo)