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    I was thinking about having the reconstruction surgery. I am kind of nervous about another surgery but was wondering is it worth it or should I just invest in the bras from the medical supply company for lympectomy or breast abnormalities?

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    Other Care (Physical Therapy): I had lymphodema from having some of my lymph nodes removed during the surgery. Now I have swelling in my left arm and have to wear a compression sleeve. It used to be really embarrasing but I have learned to embrace it and carry on with my life. I loved the PT's at the clinic. They were so nice and supportive, even now I can call them for anything.

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    Celebration (Finished treatment): When I went to have my last chemo treatment, I remember my mom went with me and I fell asleep after a while and all of a sudden I heard Kool and the Gang "Celebration" being sung and I woke up and the staff was singing to me and I believe they had a cupcake or something like that but it was so nice and I really felt special for them to do that for me. My hair is coming back slowly but surely even after all this time. I read somewhere that in the radiation treatments that it may hit some type of nerve or cell that controls hair growth and that that will cause slower hair growth. My hair used to grow back really fast so that is an adjustment but with the natural short hairstyles out now its not all bad and my new hair is growing back like I was born with "good hair". It will be 3 years on September 29 that I was diagnosed and I have made it this far with lots of prayer and a ton of family support. I didn't let this define me nor did I let it just take over my life. I am a strong person and this just confirmed that so now I try to make everyday a celebration.

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    Side Effects (Hot flashes): I had the worst hot flashing it seems. They said since I was almost at that age that the chemo just pushed it right on to hot flashing no stopping. I was 39 when I was first diagnosed and to has hot flashes at 40 yrs old was different. They have calmed down for about a year now way better sometimes I don't even notice them, whew. I don't know if it was the chemo or radiation but my skin, particularly my face, seemed to have changed. I have noticed dark circles under my eyes that were not there before and my skin had like a gray shade to it, like it was sucked of all moisture or something. My feet and hands stayed really dry so one of my doctors recommended Aquafor and that stuff is amazing....