Hi ladies, thanks for asking that question charlie70. Ive been told my lump with involved tissue is too big for a lumpectomy, so I will lose my left breast. They're still deciding what order to treat me in, had another biopsy instead of results last monday..
But... this is a very interesting thread. I know its differant for everyone but the replies here are so helpful. its the first time ive dared think about surgery in sny depth.
I especially appreciate the comments on physical abilities, im a gardener with my own small buisness so the physical ability to do stuff is frightening me a little. Your replies at least give me an idea of normal
Thank you all .
Hugs to you charlie xxxx
Ihave been diagnosed with DCIS intermediate stage. I had sentinel lymph node biopsies last Friday and await results. I have been advised mastectomy with reconstruction. I have opted for strattice surgery scheduled for 19 September. I too feel indecisive and hoping that i have made the right decision.
After looking at the LD v implant it seems that I would need an implant with either surgery and thats why I have opted for strattice. Still worried if Ive made the right decision but don't want to have surgery to anywhere else if I dont need to....?
Has anybody got any further advice please????
The scar on my back is not something that I ever think about. It is very neat, and sits underneath my bra strap. These days it is completely white and not at all noticeable. I do some stretches every morning that helps to keep everything supple.
I had an LD with implant, together with an implant in my good side too, so pretty much like you except mine was a delayed recon. I was 44 at diagnosis too, and had the recon three years later as I was waiting till after all my active treatment ended which included chemo rads and herceptin.
I am sporty, in that I run and swim plus go to the gym. I can honestly say that there have never ever been any adverse affects from the recon. The only issues I have ever had are to do with the node clearance, and so I am always very careful with my arm to try to prevent lymphoedema. Having had the mx three years before the recon I know that any weakness in my arm is down to the node clearance only.
These days I can do 10 minutes at level 10 on a rowing machine (I built this up very slowly) and can swim 76 lengths front crawl (ditto). I have also recently started doing some deadlifting using fairly light weights.
My plastic surgeon said that the only thing I might have problems with was if I did rock climbing - the LD muscle is used in the pulling up movement - but I don't rock climb so that's not a problem. I have never been aware of any weakness from the recon that wasn't already there from the mx.
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