Yea! Stay healthy!
- Fort Washington, MD
- Member Since Oct 2011
Their Diagnoses (1)
- Patient: Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
- Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 48, Stage I, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Don't Know
- View this journey (7 Experiences)
Staci shared a photo
This is me in December 2013- you would never know I had a mastectomy! Thanks be to God for Reconstructive Surgeons!
Staci wrote on Jonesy41's wall
Welcome to the site! Your name caught my eye, because I call my husband Jonesy! It's great that you caught this early so just think positive! I was diagnosed in September 2011 with DCIS, Stage 0 also and I am now 44 years old. Feel free to view my wall to see my journey. After a 2nd opinion and prayer, I decided to have a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery in March 2012. One thing you should know is that I originally decided to have the saline breast implant put in but after about 11 months, the surgeon told me the tube from the implant was leaking. I had to have a 2nd surgery 1 year later to have a silicone implantation. I am doing fine now, and did not have to have chemotherapy.
My prayers are with you!
Staci started followingalmost 5 years ago
Has anyone had the breast reconstruction surgery with saline implant expander? If so, what can be done about the tightness & hard feeling?
I had the expansion and saline implants two years ago. They will soften a bit and the tightness from the expanders will get better. At first I thought I would never get used to them-now for the most part I don't even think about them. So there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Absolutely keep exercising to avoid shoulder issues. I had problems with my shoulder for a year, but found moderate exercise was the best thing. All the best.
Thank you for sharing your experience. I hope all is well.
Your question reminded me of some content we have on reconstruction experiences.
It also reminded me to let WhatNexters know about our Beginner's Guide to Cancer, including a guide on how women chose between a lumpectomy and mastectomy.
Best of luck to all,