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    ALCL and Breast implants to going flat....

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      beachbum5817

      Congratulations on being a 5 year cancer survivor. Did your plastic surgeon say that going flat is not an option? I have implants, and if the need arises, I would more than likely go flat. I hope that you are able to make an appointment to see your plastic surgeon to find out just what is available for you. You may even want a second opinion. Good luck. Take care.

      over 2 years ago
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      po18guy

      Although it does not sound like it, ALCL is a T-Cell Lymphoma. ALCL comes in two flavors (ALK+ and ALK-). The ALK+ subtype is fairly easily treated, but ALK- is just plain nasty. This is a topic for a serious discussion with a research hematologist (NOT oncologist), a reconstructive surgeon and even counselor or psychologist if you think it necessary.

      over 2 years ago
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      gpgirl70

      I could not have reconstruction at the time of my mastectomy due to significant lymph node involvement. I told my surgeon (a female) that I would not do reconstruction in the future and to give me the cleanest possible result. If they think you may want reconstruction in the future they may leave flaps of skin. I have never regretted going flat although there was an adjustment period. I rarely wear my prosthetic boobs and love the freedom from big weights on my chest. Exercising especially running is so much better.

      over 2 years ago
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    Depression on Anastrozole?

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      cllinda

      Call your doctor. You may need just a little anti-depressant to get through it all. Another thing I would recommend is seeing a good counselor. During my journey, I saw my counselor a few times just to get off my chest what was bothering me. It really helps. Or if you have a priest or a minister that you can talk to, go see him or her and let things out. We have all been on a terrible journey, that we didn't plan, but yet we made it to the other side. Now it's time to get on with life. My hospital has clergy that will talk to you if you need counseling too. I hope I gave you some ideas that you can use. Or a support group is another good thing to join. There are things out there to help you, if you just reach out. Hugs.

      about 6 years ago
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      (((Hugs))) In addition to what cllinda has said, I would try to return to any kind of physical activity -- even if it is just standing up from the chair and sitting back down. The downside of having been an avid exerciser is the danger of becoming used to a certain standard. The inability to meet that standard then becomes discouraging.

      I would throw that standard out and start small, as small as need be. Anything is better than nothing. Then build slowly from there, listening to your body. The bottom line is that today becomes better than yesterday, period.

      The importance of exercise is (at least) threefold here. First, the endorphins from exercise boost mood. Second, exercise has been shown to offset side effects from anastrazole:
      http://www.cancernetwork.com/news/exercise-reduces-ai-induced-joint-pain-breast-cancer-survivors
      Third, exercise improves survivability for breast cancer patients:
      http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/277848.php

      Unfortunately, weight gain is part of any decrease in estrogen:
      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130327144131.htm

      Please do not beat up on yourself; that's an extra burden. Start each day anew. Prior to dx I took off 50+ lbs, slowly, with long plateaus. What kept me going was repeating to myself, "No matter what happens, I am in better shape today than when I started." No deadlines, no rushing, no self-recriminations, no deprivation. I also told myself, "I'll get there when I get there." I've been on anastrazole for eight months and am dealing with some weight gain, but I know I am doing all the right things. That's what I focus on -- not how to lose the weight, but how to stay as healthy as I can under the circumstances.

      You are your own best expert. Trust yourself, and keep on keepin' on.

      almost 6 years ago
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      Meganmckowsky

      I’m so sorry to hear you’re having such a rough time. Can you talk to your doctor about changing your medicine? I’ve had some success calming down with online videos. They help me meditate. Try Reimagine’s 7 Minutes of Peace video. I’m so sorry again for your pain! But know that it’s completely normal!

      almost 6 years ago
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