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    Other Care (Genetic Counselling): I still have risks associated with BRCA1, such as ovarian and pancreatic cancer. I visited with a genetic counsellor (not the initial person I saw when I started this process) and genetic oncologist who suggested an oophrectomy in ten years. It's not something I want to think about now, but I am hopefull that maybe there will be better options when the time comes.

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    Loss (Body part/function): Losing my breasts was something I anticipated, but nothing could prepare me for the actual process of grieving. It has its ups and downs. I am relieved that I don't have to worry as much anymore, but my body is now changed forever. No matter what I do, I will never be "whole" or "perfect" again. And I have lost sensation there, which was the hardest part of it all.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Breast Reconstruction (Implant)): It went as expected, but will impact me for the rest of my life. Day to day, there is no pain or discomfort, but physically I feel very different. Recovery was less painful than I expected, but I definitely needed some sort of pain medication for two weeks (narcotics for one week, Tylenol every four hours for the next). Once the drains came out, I felt a lot better. It took aabout a month to get back to actually feeling like myself again and was finally able to move my arms above my head without bracing for discomfort. It's been 4 months since the initial mastectomy with expanders and I can lie on my stomach to read, though it feels weird, and I can jog and lift things without trouble. Though I feel good, I'm having the second part of the reconstructive surgery next week - implants! So, we'll see how that goes. I hear it's a lot less intensive than the initial operation.

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