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    Other Care (Reconstruction): I began my reconstruction process 7 months after the end of my radiation. I had surgeries in Jan., May, and Nov. of 2011. I considered them minor surgeries in the big scheme of things but they obviously still zap energy and take time to recuperate. I didn't realize how depleted I really was until I moved into 2012; now without any medical treatment occurring this year, I am finally regaining a energy level that I had forgotten I had.

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    Celebration (Finished treatment): Numerous celebrations: completed treatment in May 2010 and went without a wig/hat in August 2010. I continue to have complete blood work done every 6 months and everything looks great! It's now 3 years since my diagnosis. With triple negative breast cancer, I know the re-occurrence rate is higher, so I will really celebrate when I hit 5 years!

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    Other Care (Lymphedemia): About a year after my mastectomy, I noticed swelling in my arm and hand on my affected side. In July I had flown for the first time, wore an arm compression but had some swelling in my hand so I purchased an hand glove when I landed. The swelling subsided after that trip. My arm and hand began swelling at Thanksgiving of the same year. I had begun some exercises so the weights could have contributed but we don't know. I began lymphedemia massages on a regular basis and wore an arm compression during the day for over a year. This year I have reduced using the arm compression to only when I am doing repetitive movement and using both the arm and hand compression whenever I fly. I still feel constriction in my upper arm and I do self-massage to contribute to lymph movement.