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    Procedure or Surgery (Breast Reconstruction (Implant)): I had bilateral tissue expanders placed June 2012. It has been a more difficult experience than I anticipated. The left side (radiation side) is very reluctant to expand and remains painful. However, I would not change my decision to proceed with reconstruction even knowing this.

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    Celebration (Hair is back): As my hair was growing back and I started to begin to heal and gain a small amount of energy it was a small victory!

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    Procedure or Surgery (PET scan): My follow-up PET scan revealed a questionable area on my left lung. This was thought to be damage to my lung from radiation but no one was quite sure. Follow-up testing was required up to and including a lung biopsy. However, the day of the lung biopsy after much review and re-review of all my images, it was determined that the lung biopsy didn't need to be done. Whew, what a relief!

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    Procedure or Surgery (port removal)

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    Procedure or Surgery (Implant chemotherapy port): I had a port placed for upcoming chemotherapy.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): I had a 3 week break between chemotherapy and radiation. I completed 30 radiation treatments during the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's holidays. All in all the majority of the time I had radiation treatments was relatively painless. My doctors were accurate and detailed when describing side effects and when they would occur. I ended up with severe radiation burns (I realize they're not technically burns but I don't know how else to describe them) that were very, very painful. However, they healed within a few weeks.