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    Side Effects (Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)): Nerve damage just begins to touch the number of side effects I had - mouth sores, severe bone pain following the neulasta shots I had, loss of taste, skin changes (chemo tan), severe hair loss, acid reflux.

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    Other Care (Myofascial Release Massage Therapy to my breast area): I had specific myofascial release massage therapy before and after my mastectomy (recommended by my medical oncologist) and I do believe that I recovered my full range of motion with no physical therapy because I did. I highly recommend this to all prospective mastectomy patients.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Breast Reconstruction (Implant)): A water balloon implanted in my chest by any other name is still a water balloon. I am still grateful that I chose to do reconstruction, however.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): ACT was my cocktail. I have permanent side effects - neuropathy affects some of my toes, sensitivity to my tongue, acid reflux,, nerve tenderness in my fingertips.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Sentinel lymph node biopsy): My surgeon recommended a full Lymph Node removal; I disagreed and told her that I would have all of my nodes removed if any of the nodes that were taken in the sentinel biopsy had any cancer. Thankfully, I had no node involvement, and I am very glad that I did not have all of my nodes removed initially.