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    Procedure or Surgery (Double Mastectomy): Since I was so young, my doctor recommended double mastectomy with reconstruction. He said it wasn't a matter of whether I could have a recurrence, but more a WHEN I had a recurrence. Knowing my options and what would be better, I finally decided on this type of surgery. Surgery lasted about 7 hours. Nipples were taken out as well, and flaps were done with skin taken off my back. Needless to say recovery was painful, painful, painful. I had to sleep sitting down for 3 weeks and had drainage tubes coming out my sides. I have 2 scars on my back, and my nipples aren't real, but I wouldn't of done any other type of surgery. I believe this was the best choice for me and I feel awesome and am able to do anything...except nurse a child. I had 3 lymph nodes taken out and thank God they were negative.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): My doctor decided to start chemotherapy before surgery. I had 4 treatments of Adriamycin and Cytoxan, every 2 weeks. I started vomiting a few hours after the first treatment, and I'd be vomiting and in bed for 3 days straight. The 4th day I'd be "back to normal" and off to work. My hair started falling near my second treatment. I tried holding on to it as long as I could, not even touching it or barely brushing it...but it fell, in chunks. I never let anybody see me without my hair. I would always wear bandanas and wigs, even to bed, so nobody would see me.

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): I was only 31 years old when diagnosed and had just started a new job. I didn't have any family members on my mother's side with history of cancer. I thought "why me, why so young?". I was afraid I was going to die soon and was sad about losing my hair.

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      I was 36 when I was diagnosed with Invasive ductal carcinoma. That was the scariest week of my life. When I had my mastectomy the doctor's discovered how far the cancer had actually spread. It was in my chest wall, skin, nipple area and 18 lymph nodes. I have a lot of side effects from the surgery and treatments, but I thank God everyday that I am a survivor and get to spend more time with my family. I hope things are going well for you as well.

      over 4 years ago