hope you are keeping well and have a good recovery. You shouldn't feel guilty you have been through a lot to get to where you are now.
I have my first appointment with plastics on Friday as i start on my recon journey 🙂
Take care, Dee x
just hoping you are ok as i sent you a msg and not heard from you.
really hoping all is well x
Thank you Kitten x
Thanks for the reply. Im pleased that you are happy with your recon.
I hate the prosthesis too, but not because of the reminder but because of the price of nice, pretty bra's - i'm a George girl lol.
At the moment i am wearing my softie again - 1) because i have a bigger choice of bras and just use a safety pin to keep it in place and 2) because i have lost nearly 3 stone since being fitted my proper one is just too big. However, I have spoken to Breast Care Nurse at hospital, and although by rights im not due for a new one until next year she has decided to bend the rules because she is impressed with my weight loss, so i am going for that on Thursday. 😄
Hope you are continuing to keep well
Hope you had a nice time at your parents and that you are continuing to improve.
How do i pm you please - would like to keep in touch.
I had a mx in 2007. I asked at the time for an immediate recon but was not allowed one. It was hard then, choosing to go back for elective surgery at a later date, but I was sure in my mind that I wanted a recon. As I had herceptin, I waited for that to be finished, then asked to go on the waiting list at my two year checkup. It took six months to get an appointment with the plastic surgeon, then another six months to wait for an operation date. So I had my recon (LD flap with implant - too slim to have any of my own fat to use) three years after the mx, and have never looked back. It has made such a huge difference, and I am so pleased I did it. I hated that prosthesis, it was a daily reminder of the cancer. Going in to the operation was terrifying - this was elective, it wasn't like the mx that had to be done, what if it all went wrong? But I trusted my surgeon, I had heard good reports of his work, which really helped.
Thank you Janet, I have already ordered one - thats the first thing i did before posting on the forum.
Just to say I think all your publications are really good and useful - one of the reasons i am helping to raise money your charity.
Thanks for the reply.
Have they given you any idea how long recovery will take?
Ive only recently started to consider it - like you i hate the prosthesis, and hate having a limited choice of bra's.
I spoke to Nurse last week and she is going to refer me, so got a long way to go yet, but feel like i'm ready now - i have changed my life so much since finishing treatment (for the better) and now reconstruction has become more of a priority than it was originally.
Sending you lots of best wishes and hoping you feel better soon, and once again thank you for replying.
If you don't mind I'll keep in touch with you and see how you are getting on.
bye for now
While you are waiting for some replies to your post, I thought our booklet on Breast Reconstruction might be helpful. I have attached a link:
Very best wishes
Hi, hope I am in the right place for this?
I had mastectomy in Sept 2012, followed by chemo and rads. At that point I was not interested in having a re-construction, but am now considering the possibility. I have spoken to Breast Care Nurse who is going to refer me for a consultation, but was wondering/hoping that there will be people on here who have gone down this path ie: choosing reconstruction some time after initial mastectomy.
Would be great to hear from anyone who has or is considering this option.
Thanks in advance