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    Celebration (Finished treatment): .......and when I startted my teachiing this year I was able to announce that my own "baby curls" were back! My Collegues gave me a standing ovation and we laughed a lot!

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      My hair is starting to come back. More or less the same as it was before starting paclitaxel. I was expecting it to come back all gray, but nope, still mostly dark brown.

      about 4 years ago
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    Side Effects (Hair loss (alopecia)): Hair loss, bone achiness, flu like symptoms,and constipation that brought on the worse case of hemmoroids in history! That was the worst.

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    Loss (Body part/function): As far as the loss of my breasts go, I have to be honest ,it bothered me minimally! I think it bothered my surgeon more when I elected to remove my right one after they found calcifications there also, but benign. I was not going through that again, I had just finished chemo and radiations....Now I just hate having to go through reconstruction..I hope that will go smoothly with no complications.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): Radiation was nothing...did as doctor ordered and just got a bit of a suntan. Only problem my skin is tougher and it will be harder to do reconstruction.. oh well!

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): Chemo was scary and impacted me more than the surgery. I did not feel too bad, never had nausea, but I knew that the chemo week would have at least 2 days that would NOT be pleasant to say the least...the trick was to take it in stride and deal with it. I took off the semester that I underwent chemo. my husband had just retired... and I just took it easy. Letting it flow...I still had Christmas Eve with all my family of 24 sit down Italian dinner. Everyone helped!

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    Procedure or Surgery (Double Mastectomy): Please be aware that at first I only removed the breast where the cancer had been found(left), plus 20 lymph nodes 2 of which had cancerous cells in them. The surgery was not too bad and the recovery went fast. I hated the drains...

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      How much time had elapsed between your first surgery and then the second breast removed? I only had the one with cancer removed, but I had a biopsy on the other one several years before(no cancer) the cancer in my other breast was discovered. Hope that makes sense. Also, what kind of reconstruction are you going to have> Diep flap?

      about 4 years ago