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    Decision Point: Had to make decision on whether to go forward with chemotherapy and radiation. Got conflicting recommendations on both! Decided to have chemo but not radiation. The recommended chemo treatment for me was 4 cycles of Taxotere/Cytoxan.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Tissue expanders filled): Had both tissue expanders filled for the final time. I had heard that it would be uncomfortable and maybe painful but didn't imagine how painful it would actually be! I had no longer been taking the pain pills or Valium from the surgery but has to go back to taking them to deal with this. Got pretty down about this as I felt I had really been on the mend and getting stronger every day and felt this was a setback. Feels like there are 2 immovable boulders sitting onmy chest now.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Other): Had both of my drains removed and tissue expanders filled yesterday - YAY! Had heard that both processes would either hurt or be uncomfortable but they were neither. However, I will say I had an uncomfortable night - it felt like I had two heavy rocks sitting on my chest and it was rather painful trying to sleep, even with a bed wedge. They don't hurt when I'm sitting up though so that's good. Still a very strange feeling having these rather foreign lumps in my chest!!

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