i am an E cup and had a MX on 1/6, no reconstruction. I was referred for a DIEP flap reconstruction at the same time but it was taking ages to arrange and I was worried that the potential complications could delay chemo starting. So I opted for straightforward MX and recovered really well. Had a seroma which was drained once then was reabsorbed but was feeling good after two weeks and able to start chemo at week 5. I did all the exercises religiously and have always had a good range of movement. My scar is a bit tighter after radiotherapy but hoping this will settle.
I am pleased that my treatment was not delayed at any stage and I have got used to having just one boob but I don't like it. My prosthesis is really natural looking so externally no one would know but I do. I am not sure I can face any more surgery to have a delayed reconstruction but there is no rush to make a decision I guess.
Good luck to you. X
Hi Amanda - I'm still recovering, it will be 3 weeks on Tuesday.
I was really lucky that my surgeon tried a new procedure where he used tissue glue and this meant I didn't have a drain. I had full use of my arm, but was very bruised and had to sit up to sleep on the sofa 3 nights when I got back home. My biggest help was a heart shaped cushion from 'flat friends' online. It was the perfect shape to put under my armpit and I am still using it now to sleep.
I have had a large seroma, and did have to go and get it drained a couple of days ago, which has made me a bit sore. But, today, I have stripped and made beds, washed windows, done loads of washing. But I haven't and won't lift anything heavy for 4 weeks. I'm going to have a go at driving on Monday.
Hope this all helps.
I'm 49 and a size F cup. I've just had a mastectomy and have no intention of having a reconstruction. Like you my Mum had a breast reconstruction straight after her mastectomy and had a horrible time with it. (She also died of BC).
I've only got a soft boob at the moment, but will be getting a prosthetic in about 5 weeks time. My soft boob does move a little, which just makes everyone laugh. I work in an all male environment, so will be going back to the office on 9 January, with a slightly skewed boob - but I really don't care about other people's opinions.
I'm just glad it's been cut off.
(I just wear my normal bra with the softie in the other cup).