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    Procedure or Surgery (Breast Reconstruction (Flap)): Here I'm again after the Reconstruction surgery, It was on May 15th. When your doctor tells you is going to be 8 weeks to recover, don't doubt, it is, if is not more!!!! My doctor A+, I did have a Flat Reconstruction Surgery, which means that they took tissue from my abdomen to put on my chest and form the new breast. The surgery took 12 hours, sadly I woke up with a migraine, that was because all the narcotics and the anesthesia, is what the Doctor told me, it was 4 miserable days. Well after the surgery I was in the ICU for 2 days where they check you every hour. After that to my room for 4 more days, the room should be at 80 degrees, ha!!!!, horrible hot because they check the blood fluid in your chest after connecting the arteries. And yes I had 4 drains, 2 abdomen and 2 on new breast. I said it takes 8 weeks to feel better is true, the abdomen wound is really big, mine reopened and I had to cure every day twice. But now after almost 3 months I'm feeling stronger and planning to go back to work in 3 weeks. Honestly, it hasn't been easy, is painful and takes a lot of your patience and having a lovely husband to take care of you. Good luck my friends!!!

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      GregP_WN

      Glad to hear that you're coming around. Recovery seems like it takes forever when it's happening, but after it's done it doesn't seem like it took that long.

      12 days ago
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      beachbum5817

      You certainly have had a time of it. I am glad that you are feeling much better and healed enough to return to work. I hope you are pleased with the outcome. Having supportive family and friends is always a big plus. Take care.

      11 days ago
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      Boogerman

      Keep plugging forward like you are. It seems like everything we do throughout this journey takes longer to get started and takes longer to finish than what I thought it would. You will reach the finish line before you know it.

      11 days ago
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    Tomorrow I have 2 appointments, with my oncologist, three months follow up, and with my plastic surgeon to plan my reconstruction. Hope everything goes well with my follow up, I think for us the gost of cancer will be with us forever

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      beachbum5817

      Good luck with your appointments. Yes, it does put us on edge when it is time for them. I was always glad to go just to get checked over, but anxious that something might be found. Let us know how it goes. Take care.

      7 months ago
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      Milin

      Well, I had my follow up appointment today. Surprise me that I didn't have any blood test or anything. Doctors explain myself how is living after all the care that I had in the past year, what to avoid and what to be concern about. That was it. The appointment with the plastic surgeon was good, I have to lose at least 20 pounds in order to start reconstruction, now planning my diet !!!!!, is going to be hard!!!

      7 months ago
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      beachbum5817

      @Milin,, I am glad to hear that your appointments went well. I am sure you will be able to lose the 20 pounds, especially since you have the goal of reconstruction. Good luck. Take care,

      7 months ago
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    Oh No (I Want To Know): Today was my follow up appointment with the Radiologist Oncologist, everything went wonderfully until she checked my chest and told me that she felt a lump close to the mastectomy scar. She thinks that is tissue and she will see me again in 5 months. Oh NO NO......I won't wait all this time. Of course, I have the ghost of cancer in my mind. I was diagnosed on November last year and had a long year to have bad news again. I already made an appointment with my Oncologist it will be on November the 9th.
    What do you think??? Should I ask for an ultrasound since I had double mastectomy can't be a mamogram???? What should I do???????

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      cak61

      I don't blame you, I'd want to know too. I wouldn't want to wait.
      I have always had to push for ultrasound along with my mammogram, I just won't take no for an answer. Hopefully they won't give you any resistance.
      Best regards.

      10 months ago
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      Personally, I would tell the oncologist that I want it checked out as soon as possible. I'm not implying that anything is wrong. I'm just saying that, should it be something, it's always best to catch things early. In addition, peace of mind is very important.

      10 months ago
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      happydyad

      I had a double mastectomy and I have lumps of scar tissue along my incision site on the side that had cancer. My doctors all agree they are just scar tissue bumps. The lumps have been there since about 6 months after surgery. It helps to be examined by a physician that is experienced in doing digital exams on mastectomies. It is important that you have peace of mind. If you can’t get a second or third opinion then you can always get a breast cancer marker blood test at a private lab like Any Lab Test Now. I do that every 6-12 months. It helps me feel a little more confident. I also get thermograms annually or more often if I have a scare. That too helps me have just a little more information. Good luck with getting some peace of mind. Hugs! Judy in Ky

      10 months ago
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    Decision Point (MY NEW "ME" ): Is going to be a year at the end of this month when I found out a lump in my right breast. I already had Chemo, Double Mastectomy, and Radiation. It's been a long year, It's been a hard year, It's been a learning experience. Thanks
    God, I've been really strong and had great doctors and an awesome husband behind me. The last 10 days I've been feeling and thinking of all of the things that I can't do anymore and felt bad about it. Today I decided to start knowing the New Me, with my limitations and accept what I can and what I can't do, I won't pressure myself anymore. If I don't remember something or I forget something I will be nice with myself. I thought that if I pushed myself I would remember things, but doesn't work like this, I need time to heal. This is the reason that I will be patient and nice with myself starting tonight. I will be more proactive in this page and helping other women who can need my help. And thank you because I wanted to share this, maybe helps somebody else.

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      MLT

      You are an inspiration with your New Me attitude! You will help many to accept this. Wishing you all the best.

      10 months ago
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      Harley12

      This is a step in your progress! All of us have had to accept that life is now different, but the important thing is we still have a life! Let your husband and family know that you have different limitations now. It will help them help you! And welcome to the club of new life! For myself, my perspective of what is important in my life changed, for the better I think. Feel blessed!

      10 months ago
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      petieagnor

      Yes, you have a new life, but a life & it is what you make of it. I learned in Sunday School some 60 years ago that each day is a new day. I took the attitude that each event would be a new life changing event. Know your limitations but don't dwell on them, learn new ways to work around them; I challenged mine to work through them. I also had a bad year. It wears you down & can make you depressed. I've learned to accept the things that I cannot change & work on making myself stronger in mind & body.

      9 months ago
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