Feel for you jillybee559 hope you get sorted soon nothing is ever straight forward on this roller coaster! Thinking of you sending positive thoughts your way. Take care and keep me posted. Just to let you know have date for MX monday week. Xx
Thanks for that advice chillipink and Mel66 what you have both said has helped me to get my head round it a little more. It certainly is helping me to consider what the options are and make a decision. I do find however consultants advice does seem to vary when you read others experiences. I also had to postpone a hip replacement op because I got my diagnosis at the same time. If I wait fo re-con and have my hip op it means I will have had 6 ops in the space of a year! Certainly getting used to being put out! I suppose having the flat tummy after might be a small bonus in all of this nightmare! Feeling a little more upbeat this evening... one step at a time!
Thinking of you ladies take care and thanks once again Xx
Thank you Jillybee559 and Mel66 you have been very helpful and given me food for thought. It is good that we can share experiences it certainly does help you to make decisions,and Im sure as you say my time will come to support others. I have to say it is the forums that keep me sane on the days when I feel weird and like this is happening to someone else and not me
BCN said that the oncologists prefer you to not have recon straight away but as we know everyone is different have been given a provisional date for MX for 1st Sept so have time to make up my mind and also decide which type of recon to have. Dont think the DIEP recon (looked it up) one will be suitable because of pre existing scarring due to hysterectomy and emergency appendix, so reading up on all the options.
Im pleased to hear that you are healing well Mel66 its nice when your mobility improves makes a difference to your well being, it sounds like a good outcome if the recon feels like a breast.
Jillybee559 I wish you well at the hospital tomorrow and hope they sort out the seroma and the leak for you.
Love and hugs to you both xxx
I had MX with immediate reconstruction 6 weeks ago and I really do feel that that was the right decision for me. I had the LD flap recon... so over 11 hours in theatre in total (that included ANC too). I woke up with a breast that, although very swollen, still looked like 'me'. 6 weeks down the line and the scars are all healing nicely, the swelling has gone and mobility is pretty good. The great thing about the LD recon for me was that my new breast really does feel like mine. It's warm and still has all it's nerve endings so when I touch it, I can feel it like it's a real breast. It's also nice and soft and natural looking.
My thinking when I went for immediate recon was that I wanted to wake up with a breast, and I also wanted as few procedures as possible. It might be a longer op, but you're asleep so that bit makes no difference really.
At the end of the day, it all boils down to your own feelings about it and you must make a decision that feels right for you. Just thought I'd share my feelings and thoughts that applied to me. x
Hi everybody I feel so useless you are all so positive and I dont feel I can say the right things to support you, Although I was diagnosed back in June Im still learning all the abbreviations and terminology and I find myself back again for some reassurance. Got results from my second round of surgery today had axillary clearance and only one node infected so happy that it has not spread further,the not so good news going to have to go back for masectomy after all because cancer spots found in he second lot of margins taken. So Im feeling relieved and upset at the same time. I so hate this roller coaster so want to feel myself again. Have decided to wait for reconsruction but unsure if thats the right decision although the consultant says I can change my mind. Any advice thoughts on this.