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    Hi, Giraffe, thanks for the welcome. It's been 6 months since I found this site. I don't find it very easy to navigate. I read your journey, and it looks like we started off pretty similar: diagnosis, lumpectomy, lymph nodes, and DCIS. Then I took a different path.
    The carcinoma was removed, and the lymph nodes were not affected, but the unexpected DCIS was extensive. The oncotype was very low, so I did not have to go through chemo/radiation, but I did have a bilateral mastectomy. My reconstruction was 3 wks. ago, and a still have a couple more procedures to go. I also have to take Exemestane for 5 yrs. with all the side effects.
    You sound like you have a really good attitude about your treatments. Stay strong. Sending you healing thoughts.

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    I opted for a bilateral mastectomy with beginning reconstruction after the lumpectomy. I had ductal invasive carcinoma that was completely removed and the 3 lymph nodes were not affected. But the pathology report showed extensive DCIS which had not been detected on 4 mamos, 3 ultrasounds or the MRI. I could no longer trust future screenings. I'd be a nervous wreck the rest of my life. Of all the women I talked to, the ones who opted for bilateral were glad they did. The ones that had only one side done, all wished they had gone bilateral for different reasons (worry, breasts did not match, or cancer occurred later in the remaining breast).
    You may not feel strong, but you're stronger than you think. Wishing you the best. Susan