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    PS---that picture is of Mango and Spankelmeyer when they were little laying with Calvin next to the computer at my office. Mangster and Spanks are at my house now. Calvin is our #1 office cat.

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    Hi Kim. Yes, I do like the kitties. I am a veterinarian and work with Spay and Stay, spay/ neutering the feral cats in our county. I have had dogs as well, but, for me, cats are easier and quieter (well, except when they fight!). I have 6 at home and we, unfortunately, have 6 at the office because we haven't been able to adopt some out like we planned. So, yes, I am a crazy old cat lady!

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    Loss (Body part/function): I wanted to be smaller (I said I wanted bosoms, not bazooms), but I really don't like being flatter than my abdomen. Even my plastic guy said he thought I could go bigger. Um, no I can't. You told me these were the biggest ones they made. When I was so thin people accused me of being anorectic, i still had bigger boobs. Just one more thing wrong with my body.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Breast Reconstruction (Implant)): The expanders are NOT comfortable. The "pump up" shots of saline are not comfortable (not the injection itself, but it would invariably cause muscle spasms in my shoulders and back from the stretching), but it only lasts a couple hours and massage helps. I didn't realize I would be going to a doctor appt weekly for the pump up shots. Wouldn't have been such a pain, but I live an hour's drive away. The change to silicone ones wasn't bad. But, I still have never been comfortable completely. One failed. Between work and other things going on, I haven't been able to do the lat dorsi flap to redo it. So, the one thing I didn't want was to be a "uni-boob" with just one, and that's what I've got. 2 1/2 years out and still messing around with it. Bah humbug. It's hard to move on when you're still involved in the process!

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    Procedure or Surgery (Sentinel lymph node biopsy): Boy, you really have to watch those doctors. My good doc from 2007 moved. New doc. Repeatedly, I told everyone I would only do sentinel lymph node biopsy and that if positive, I'd go to chemo and NOT do axillary dissection. Axillary dissection would permanently change my life, as I work with animals and get routinely scratched and occasionally bitten and did NOT want to deal with lymphedema, etc. The surgical consent form only stated mastectomy and SNL. Post-op, the doc came in and told me the biopsy was neg. Instantly, my blood froze. I asked how she knew already (I basically knew, I just wanted to hear it from her), and she said there was a frozen section during surgery. I said why, when they aren't as accurate as regular style. "Oh that's so if it was positive, we could've done axillary dissection." Whoa, I told you (and anyone who would listen) that that was NOT going to happen. "Well, we know what's best for you." No, you don't. It's MY decision. If you don't want to abide by it, then tell me to get another doctor, don't do it behind my back. Haven't spoken to her since. She just doesn't get it. And, within 1 month, several studies came out that said I was right---there was no benefit to axillary dissection if you were going to chemo and it just caused more problems.

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    Decision Point (reconstruction or not): No one really had pictures to show me. I found them on-line. At first, I had decided no reconstruction, I would just be flat, but then I saw some pictures of other fat ladies and decided maybe that wasn't such a good idea. My kind of fat is all frontal abdomen, so I look pregnant most of the time and with no boobs..........At no point did I ever want prosthesises (sp?). #1, I was soooooo looking forward to not needing a bra. #2, I remember Linda Ellerbee's story about chasing her dog down the street with her prosthesis in it's mouth and I have pets. #4, I had visions of being bumped/ pushed at work (animals) and having the boobs pushed out of place or fall out in front of clients. I looked at tram flaps, but didn't like the scars (and my doc said I wasn't a good candidate anyway---basically too fat for). Also, recovery from tram, latissimus dorsi flaps was way too long for me. So decided on reconstruction/ implants at time of mastectomy.