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I just take a couple of paracetamol and exercise away. The exercises made me very sore to start with but it is getting less tight and less sore. I will keep perservering!
ginger , Thanks for the info. about the new forum.
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Hi just found this site again - yes they have started expanding - have had the saline twice now - the first time was not too bad the second lot was done on Friday just gone - the consultant said he was going to put a double dose in so I would not have to come back for four weeks - it was agony over the weekend but today it is not too bad! When it is first put in I have to pad out the natural breast to match (haven't done that since I was thirteen!) but it does go down after a week or so! Just after the operation I said I did not want the other breast 'matched' but having one breast looking like a spaniel's ear and the reconstructed one looking like a alert german shepherd I think I will be changing my mind! Just received the appointment for the oncologist so will be starting the hormone treatment shortly - hopefully I will be lucky and not have too many side affects. Have good days and bad days - good days feeling guility about being off work and bad days thinking I will never be able to work again - the incision where I had the snb is now really painful the consultant says that as it heals the scar gets tighter and thats why it hurts more - he suggest taking the painkillers before doing the exercises - does anyone else do this? After all this the last thing I want is to become addicted to prescription drugs!!! My thoughts with everyone who is receiving treatment love to everyone Alex
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Hi Lynn
I start my chemo on Thursday, there is a new forum for people starting chemo in May , have been on that as seem to keep losing this one, went for a couple of wig appointments yesterday :(, hope everyone is ok xx
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Thanks Karen. sorry the sleeping tabs. didn't work. My doctor gave me anti anxiety meds. which I could double dose if I couldn't sleep. Got to have chemo but unlikely to have radio. The chemo has to work as there are no anti cancer drugs for triple negative. Should start chemo in next 2 weeks. Ginger - I am also on FEC - T.
Lynn xx
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good luck for friday lynn i got sleeping tablets from my gp but unfortunately they did'nt work so bc nurse has suggested that i go for alternate therapy and is sending me some info out on it, good news about the nodes though
re-read the threads jennifer thanks for replying 123ali if you still come on have they started expanding yet due for mine to start and still finding it uncomfortable so wondered what to expect when they do
xx karen

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I am so happy for all of you who have had good news. Only just found this thread again. I know I was sent a couple of private messages but they disappeared into the ether with the update to the forum so apologies if you were expecting a reply.
My nodes were clear, but as it was a large tumour, and grade 3, triple negative, do not know what to expect in the way of treatment when I visit onc. on Friday.
Know lots of people who have had everything thrown at them, got through it, and still lived to tell the tale many years on. Good luck ginger1.
Lynn xx
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Hi everyone
See oncologist again thursday,have to get FEC-T and herceptin, should start next week hopefully, then have to get radiotherapy seems like they are throwing everything at me , great to hear some of you have had good news , hope evceryone is coping well with there treatments xx
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Karen, sorry can't help with the expander. I had an immediate implant. x

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hi all glad to hear your news ali123 and jennifer my news is also good and after seeing my plastic surgeon this week feel a lot more postitive as when i went friday the doctor i saw didnt seem to know much other than no further treatment plastic surgeon said thats because he was'nt at the meeting where my case had been discussed lol so just recon to finish and regular checks.
hi ginger1 hope all goes well with your ct echo and bone scans will keep everything crossed for you.
back next week for them to start expanding jennifer have they started to expand yours yet? just wondered if you knew what to expect in way of discomfort.
hugs to all
xx karen

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Hi all,
Like 123ali, I too have had good news from the consultant. The op was a success, and as my nodes are clear and the tumour small I don't need any further treatments (other than staying on Tamoxifen). It's quite unbelievable, and I feel very, very lucky.
I have found this site so helpful too, and I thank you all and wish you all the very best in beating this terrible disease.
lots of love,
Jennifer x x x

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Hi everyone, hope you are all continuing to recover well, have had my CT, echo and Bone Scan done meet with oncologist tomorrow starting to feel scared again, can't force myself to make the wig appointment, know I need to but keep putting it off, got my prosthesis fitted on Monday, seems I have really big boobs lol didn't think they were until I saw the size of it lol, hope you are all ok xx
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Hi everyone - been to see the Consultant to day 14 days post op mx and reconstruction - had the results of the snb - the Consultant confirmed that the cancer cells had not drained into the lymph nodes and therefore as far as he was concerned the only long term treatment would be the hormone treatment (he did tell me the name of the medication but I can't remember - will be seeing the onc in the next week or so) which I will be on for the next five years. Back to the Consultant is two weeks for a check up on the surgery. I felt so guilty coming out of the Consultant's office crying but happy knowing that someone in the next room had just been given bad news and that there were other people waiting at the beginning of their journey. Still sore from the surgery and still emotional at the good news for myself but still thinking of everyone who is waiting for surgery, results and ongoing treatment - this site has helped me through the last six weeks since I was diagnosed and without the positive messages of hope and the humour my journey woiuld of been unbearable. Thank you again everyone for your support. Love to you all xxx
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Hi everyone, hope you are all starting to recover from ops, have had my CT & echo, been to physio ( more exercises to do : groan ) go for bone scan on Tuesday and meet oncologist on Thursday so expecting to start chemo following week, hoping that all of you who have started treatment already are coping ok with it!! Hugs to everyone xx
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i agree with you jennifer about this site, got my dressings off wednesday and my scar is smaller than i expected took me till thursday to have a look, got results today and mx was right decision as they found more than expected with just under 1mm margin and even though its not the two they were looking for no further treatment at this time as it could effect my recon they are just going to keep a close eye on me so i'm now confused i don't fully understand this margin thing cos i was told all way through 2mm and mine just under 1mm and not fully sure how there gonna keep an eye on me seen as though i no longer have a breast for them to check, think i'm gonna have to write a list of questions to ask my nurse, i have gone through a stage of hating my expander as well jennifer but my nurse assures me i will get used to it eventually hope your results are ok on tuesday will keep fingers crossed for you
hugs to all xx karen

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Hmm, this new site is a bit slow & tricky! Anyway, I had my MX, SNB and implant last Weds, got out on Sunday, drains removed.
Recovery is going slowly, but well. I feel nauseous every day, which I assume is from the drugs and GA. Does anyone else get this?
I too didn't realise just how sore and swollen I would be with the implant and for a while I hated it and wished I hadn't gone for recon. I think the scar is tiny (still got dressings over it) and I'm amazed at what they've managed to pull out and in stuff in through this small gap (i'm not a big girl!).
Results on Tues, crossing fingers I still need no further treatments.
Hugs to everyone,
Jennifer x x

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Aw, babes367 it sounds like you're having a hard time. there's so much to come to terms with, and post op it seems most of us end up in tears alot, not quite knowing why. your body and mind have been through a lot recently and there's lots to come to terms with. stay strong, give yourself a hug and some treats.
If there's a Maggies Centre near you, I would recommend them for support, which is second to none
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this is it just after new year went to see doc refered to breast clinic was hoping for prescription got an ultrasound and fnac and a discharge from a doc that was confident i had something called fibrocystic disease and it would be fine ten days later got a call back for a core biopsy cos suspicion was found at grade 4 went for that only to be told activity in lymph nodes so biopsied them as well results suspicion which didnt shock me cos i must have been shot ten times for three samples bloke told me he found it extremely difficult to do procedure so i was then sent for a mamatome most horrific thing you can be sent for in my oppinion nice lady though who told me that she had read my previous results and she would have just sent me for the wle and an hour and half after when she to found it difficult she quit but doc told me we now know its dcis and its ok but to be on safe side we are going to give you wle so i let them i'll admit nurse is more forth coming than doc cos she told me before i left to prepare myself for worse i asked what that was she said i'll ring you and she did mx is what she said shocked me so i've had it now and snb and was coping till had mx on 19th of april found myself being extremely emotional most days don't sleep but doc has gave me sleeping tablets for that but afraid to take them my doc said to imagine im a glass of water and holding all this in has let my glass over flow so i need to find a way to empty it so here it is im disappointed in my doctor his diagnosises and i left out the fact that im not as well indowed naturally as most women but in the months this has been going on what has size got to do with it cos at the end of the day i am me and now i'm not no matter how much was or was sorry taken away from me size is a number the removal of for me is taking some of who i have over the years got used to and now even thats gone thanks for letting me get it out sorry for being long and drawn out xx hugs to you all xx

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hi 123ali i only get discomfort from the port for the expander not what i would describe as pain is there any swelling in the area has your expander settled down abit and feel less like concrete yet i've found mine a little less intrusive in the last couple of days so think mine must be settling in now.

quinny i only had an snb but i got pain and swelling went to doc's and it turned out i had a slight infection so was put on antibiotics which settled it down. have you managed to get out of bed and start moving your arm yet?

lynne i found the drain being removed a blessing i go for dressings removed tomorrow can't wait so i can get a proper soak in the bath

hugs to everyone who is either recouping or still waiting for ops

xx karen

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Drain removed yesterday, what a relief!

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hi all ihad lymph node clearance and am getting pains in boob well looks likke a bit of swelling how can i get rid of it as feels like heart burn to? xx

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Hi everyone

Still feeling a bit tender but trying to get on with everything - though I was doing really well until I received my sick note via the post from the Hospital - the dates are wrong!!!!! I know its only a little thing but I had self certified myself for seven days (four prior to the operation as I was a total wreck!) and needed one to run from the 23/04 (the op was 20/04) - discharged from the hospital on the 25/4 so made sure that I explained that I needed the note from the 20/4 or the 23/4 so guess what its turns up in the post and runs from the 26/4 so I am three days adrift!!! I know its only a little thing and can be sorted out but it reduced me to tears!!! The reasonable side of me knows it can be sorted out but the saying 'the straw that breaks the camel's back' rings true. I can't even read the hospital doctor's signature so don't know who to contact. Seeing the GP tomorrow for more painkillers (I hope) and then back to the hospital on Friday for the results of the snb. I had the expander implant and wonder if anyone else is experiencing pain from the little plastic port just under the skin? The pain from this is more than the mx and arm which now feels like nettle stinging.

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Karen my doctor was very supportive. Just talking helped.
I have also been using a V pillow that I bought from Dunelm Mill. This keeps me more upright and stops me turning and catching my wound. I was also given a small very soft heart shaped pillow at the hospital, which I put under my armpit. This is just so comforatable and comforting.
You are absolutely right. A good night's sleep will make you feel so much better. Go and talk to your doctor. I asked for anti anxiety meds rather than sleeping pills. But you can discuss this with him/her.

Here's hoping that good night's sleep will bw soon, and many of them.
Hugs xx Lynn

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hi lynne not still not sleeping get couple of hours at most feeling more drained by the day think a visit to the doc may be in order if just to get one night of good sleep thanks for the advise

x karen

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123ali i agree with the waiting being the worse they did the snb before i had the mx and expander so i know lymph nodes are clear they are unsure as to whether they will get clear margins and may be a chance of invasive behind the dcis as it was so widely spread get my results next friday, can't believe you walked to school so soon i walked to local shops and felt like a was climbing a mountain my consultant says it will be a few months for me aswell before they replace expander and do uplift, im hoping in a few days expander won't feel like i have an intruder in my body lol

x karen

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Hi babes 367

That's a relief its alright for the consultant to say that it does feel like that but I am pretty sure he hasn't had one fitted!!! Put a bra on for the first time today along with a normal fitting top - I refuse to wear 'baggy' tops just to make everyone else feel less uncomfortable! I can notice the difference but to be honest unless someone was having a really good look its not too bad. Walked up to the school to pick up the children and I think surprised a lot of people who thought I would still be laid up in bed!
I think I will probably will go for the uplift in the other breast and this can be done at the same time I exchange the expander - but that's going to be some months down the line so I don't have to worry about that now. Just waiting for results on the smb next Friday - the waiting is always the worst part. Once you know what you have the deal with it - I find it makes it easier. I can't change the results I just want to know what they are!!!.

Lots of love to everyone. xxx

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Back from seeing the surgeon, he said they found 9 nodes and 7 of them had cancer but chemo did away with it. He said I could have had more healthy nodes they don't know that now because chemo can melt them away. The 7 nodes affected didn't have loads of bad cells in them though. The tumour was 7 cm and was still so after the OP, but cells showed a significant response and that's what they would hope for. Margins were clear, but he says there could still be cancer cells in the skin for example, they never know that. So without any treatment my 10 year survival would be 25%. With chemo it increases by 20%, with Herceptin by 30% and Tamoxifen another 11% if it all responds well. He did say though because it has been a big tumour and its node involvment and because its inflammatory character the 10 year survival is around the 50% with treatment working well. So that's it. Oh and my MX site looks good, swelling might take another 6-8 weeks to go down he says, but he doesn't think I will develope a seroma. I'm very happy about this as I dreaded the "very common" seroma acc to all that medical staff.

Christine xx

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Been at home now for a couple of days. Feeling good apart from keep forgetting I have a drain in and walking off without it. 'Ouch!' I went into hospital at 11:30 and up to the theatre at 1:30. No time to get scared. Out by 4:00 the next day. Have had really good care from everyone.
Now the wait for results but I am not worrying at the moment. Just concentrating on keeping fit and well and having a laugh with any visitors, or people that email and phone.
Going to try for a shower in a few mins.
Karen not sure if you are sleeping yet but I was only sleeping for a couple of hours and then waking. I got diazapam low dose from my docs and when I woke I would take one. Within mins. I would fall asleep. Don't need them now. But they are like a security blanket. I can relax and sleep because they are there.
Best wishes to everyone.
Lynn xx

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hi 123ali i also have the expander in and yes mine to feels like i have a lump of concrete in my chest my nurse says the feeling of it will get better as it settles in im a week post op and the feeling of it has'nt got any better. i have to wait for results before they can start expanding it and she has advised me each time they put more saline in it will feel like that again for a few days after, i have chosen to have the left one done to match but this was discussed with me prior to my mx which they will do at a later date.

x karen

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Hi

Well made it home the GA was fine although the surgeon did ask if I wanted an uplift on the other breast at the same time as I was having the mx and implant - as I was just about to be sedated I said to him that I did think I was in a reasonable frame of mind to make the decision at the moment!! He agreed and said that we could do it when the implant expander is exchanged - mmm have to think about that would have to go through all the worry about the GA again. Got home today and have a little soreness (where they pulled the drains out this morning) but apart from that no problem with movement arm or anything else managed to wash my hair and pick up the dog poo from the garden - go back for the results from the snb in a week. Does anyone else who has the expander saline/silicon implant feel like they have a lump of concrete strapped to their chest?
- the consultant said this was normal but it still feels strange - the new boob looks like the one I had before having four children!!

So sorry to hear about Ginger's news but as has already been said you think you have had all that life can throw at you and then it pulls another one but that's why woman exist because they can deal with it.

Thinking of everyone who is waiting for surgery and results.

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Ginger, thinking about you for your appt, when you have no strength or courage left, you will find some, you're a woman xxxx

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Jennifer sending you hugs and positive thoughts for today xxx
Laura feeling better today, got CT app on Friday , wish I had your sense of humour, you keep all our spirits high thank you xxx

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Jennifer darling, sending you lots of healing love and hugs for tomorrow, you are going to be fine just try and relax and make sure you don't do to much. Looking forward to hearing how you get on,

Big hugs,

Laura xxx

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Laura, you make me smile, you're so positive and easy going. What a great attitude you have! I wish I was brave enough not to have recon, but I'm not. The new falsie is going to be called wee Bertha!

My cancer is similar, but smaller than yours, i.e. HER2+, oestrogen+, Grade 3, pre-menopausal and no lymphs involved (well, I'll know for sure about that after my op tomorrow). I was told no chemo or rads or Herceptin as the tumour is 8mm and they don't offer chemo/Herceptin unless the tumour is at least 1cm. Bit worrying, but I'm relieved to be avoiding chemo.

I was told getting ovaries removed does reduce the amount of oestrogen in the body, but doesn't eliminate it completely. Perhaps every little helps though. Will be interested to hear more about this clinical trial you're joining.

I'm making the most of today 🙂
Jennifer x

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Hello Lovely ladies, How are we all this sunny morning???

Lynn, all the best for today doll, if I did it, you can, cause I am a complete wimp, couldn't even give birth naturally, went for the sunroof option!!!Stay strong and dont leave the hospital if you feel like crap, take all the drugs going and it will be a breeze, thinking of you xxx

Ginger-How are you doing, you a wee bit more positive?? I do hope so, lifes a bitch and then you die but we are gonna give it a right good fight so c'mon and stay focused xxx

Doggirl-you make me laugh with your hoovering, do you fancy coming round here and doing mine for me, Hubby rubbish and daughters lazy, Have Dyson will lend!!!!

Well, i went for the results yesterday. 3.5cm so big in my little former b cup boobie, no wonder I could feel it!!!!Grade 3 Agressive but has not gone to the lymph nodes as they did sentinel node removal, so that is good. Heres the but, it is her2 positive so basically it has a higher chance of coming back and it feeds of oestrogen, not great when you are premenopausal and 36!!! But shit happens and we all have to deal with this and we will.

The surgeon says the mastectomy was definetely the right op for me and there were lots of other calcifications there. he says that there is no guarantee with anything and it was a big aggresive tumour but now the NHS would chuck everything at me.

During their meeting with the oncologist, they said that I would be the prime candidate for a clinical trial. I said is that herceptin, he said no you will get that anyway along with chemo, radio and tablets long term!!! So there is new stuff out there for us special her2+ women!!!!

So basically it will probably mean now that i wont be treated at my local hospital and will go to the velindre in Cardiff (cancer hospital)so i think that is good. Read a bit about this HER2+ stuff and am now going to phone the breast nurse and put in an application for a complete hysterectomy and ovary removal cause i read somewhere that can help!!!! She thinks I'm a nutter anyway, so at least she will have a laugh but no seriously I do want to stay around to see my daughters reach adulthood and spend time with my gorgeous Hubs so i am going to face it Head on, stop freaking and accept and do everything that helps!!!!(Apart from giving up wine!!!)

I do hope you are all going to have a nice day and that you are good to yourself. Got my best friend coming round this morning, we will walk the dogs and put the world to rights. This afternoon I have another BC survivor coming round, nice woman but what a winger. told her last night about this HER2+ and herceptin and she said , oh no, thats not good!!!!Its a baddie, talk about making somebody worry more!!!! Anyway positivity is what we all need, life is too short. as my mum said a couple of weeks before she died aged 40, never waste a day, live everyday like its your last. I know its a cliche but my mum was right!!!!

Oh BTW, got the dressing that has never been changed off, it was fine, I had a good look and it is semi straight and puckered, but towards the armpit looks deformed!!!! I thanked the surgeon for the nice work,he laughed. What do I know about mastectomies, bugger all!!!!Suppose i should start wearing a bra now, not bothering with the softie as it is double the size of the other boob!!!! Honestly, i dont feel half a woman or anything like that, i feel really positive and I dont feel that self conscious!!! Maybe I will have a breakdown over it but I really dont think so cause that is not how I roll!!! Hats off to all you reconstruction ladies, you are so brave going through ops and procedures but I could never be as brave as you!!! I am going to just stick with the right torso as i know call the former booby area!!!!

Have a great day Girls, keep your chin up!!! I have all 3 of mine proudly on display xxx

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Best of luck Lynn and stay strong xxx

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Well today is the day!I went away for a long weekend to a friend's son's wedding. Had a brilliant time but I can't ignore the inevitable any longer.

I am on the afternoon list for surgery, mx and sentinal biopsy. So if anyone is out there , please wish me the best of luck. Should be home tomorrow with drain in.

Hugs to all of you who are recovering and best wishes to everyone who still has an op. to go. To those still waiting for results I hope that they turn out well.

Better go and get that extra cup of tea and light breakfast before the deadline.

love and hugs Lynn xx

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hi everyone thankfully doggirl drain came out yesterday was'nt as bad as i expected closed my eyes and it was all over lol, nurse told me to take painkillers for as long as i need them as still am quite sore go bsck next week for dressings and hopefully results, problem im having is with sleeping im lucky if im getting a couple of hours a night any suggestions. good luck to anyone having surgery or getting results this week.


xxkaren

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Just popping on to say hello to the April Surgery ladies. There is quite a gang now. I'm now 19 days post WLE. Have just noticed in the hall mirror that my boob is noticably smaller (to me!). Got in a bit of a strop and took it out on the hoover. Still house sparkly now! Hope that isn't insensitive to those of you that had Mx? Not meant that way x

I hope things went well for you today Laura. Was thinking of you earlier. Positive thoughts coming your way......

Hello to Ginger. Sending hugs as sounds like you're having a pants time at the moment. Your surgeon sounds switched on though wiping out those lymph nodes. I starting chemo in about 3 weeks too so might be joining you on that part of your journey. Have my chemo 'seminar' thingamy tomorrow followed by a appt with the chemo nurse. Wonder if I'll get a start date?

Did your drain come out Karen? I hope you're feeling a bit brighter? I'm not surprised you're emotional. Even without having to deal with cancer you've had major surgery and thats a big deal. Now waiting? Good luck x

To all the waitees and sore ladies xxxxxxxx

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Ginger, what a shock for you. I'm 90% sure I don't need chemo and if that changes post-op for me, I know what a blow I'll find it.

How did you get on today Laura?

Just 2 more days til my MX and implant (Weds). I'm keeping busy....

Jennifer x

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Hi Sascha,

After checking regarding contacting the Ask the Nurse Service from outside the UK the nursing team have responded:

"Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to queries from outside the UK, as there are differences in health services and care in other countries and we receive funding from UK donors"

I trust you understand.

Kind regards,
Jo, Facilitator

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Thanks Christine,
It's nearly 3 weeks since MX and ANC my armpit feels the same and some numbness in arm, trying really hard to do all the exercises but finding a couple of them really difficult, am being referred to physio so hopefully will be able to get more movement back, sometimes feels like there is a tennis ball stuck under my armpit and still getting shocks now and then but not as much as I was, hope you get on ok on Friday, sending lots of hugs to everyone especially Laura , hope you got on ok today xx

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Hiya All

Ginger good all the nodes are out, sorry to read that they were all affected. I had chemo already and it's do-able, although some unpleasant side effects. But it should tidy away all the cancer cells if there are any in the first place. Hugs to you.

It's two weeks tomorrow that I had MX and ANC and the progress to move my arm up is very slow. My armpit and under side of my upper arm feels like bathed in nettles 24 hours a day. I do get my arm higher than a week ago, but it's rather progress from one week to another and not from one day to another.

I see the BS on Friday this week and hope the chemo has done away with the cancer as much as possible. I would love a complete response, but onc says a partial response is more usual.

Christine xx

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hi ladys 3 days post op mx with immediate recon with tissue expander, was that worried about drains etc didnt even think about what pain i would be in was not good when i woke up and i just could'nt stop crying feel less emotional today so must have got it out of my system or some of it at least, was discharged yesterday drain still in district can't make it out to see me so have to go back tom for drain checking and possibly removing fingers crossed, its strange cos it almost feels like there is still something there even than i know there is'nt sorry to hear some of you have your results and werent what you were hoping im sure you will all get through it you all have helped me alot over last week so hugs to you all two weeks to wait for my results
xx karen

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Ginger, I know the news is not the best but at least he took them all out there and then, much better than having another operation darling. Hope you are being good to yourself this weekend and you are being treated and pampered by your loved ones. I am a bit nervous about tomorrow, its the unknown again isn't it!!!! Big Hugs to all you lovely ladies especially you Ginger xxx

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Hi Laura, they took all 20 lymph nodes and all were infected, thought they were only doing snb, but surgeon didn't like the look of them, glad he did it, means don't have to go back and get it done . Sending lots of positive thoughts for tomorrow , stay strong xx

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Thank you Jo but it says the service is only available for people in the UK and I am not......

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Hi Sascha

If you email the Ask the Nurse Service (link below) they may be able to help you here.

http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/breast-cancer-services/ask-us-your-questions/ask-nurse

Take care,
Jo, Facilitator

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Can anyone tell me (or show a photo) of a softie and the bra you need post surgery please? I am not in the UK and we do not have anything like that here, I do not even have a BCN......

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Ginger, just want to send you a big hug right now xxx Chin up Girl, stay strong, you have had more issues thrown at you but you are a strong woman and will deal with it. Have you had all your nodes removed already or was it just the sentinel nodes, do you need more surgery???