I was not that clear in my last post - I have not had a mastectomy, but I did have a lumpectomy. My opinion is an "uneducated" opinion. So I really don't know what it is like to lose a breast.
Hi Chick1, thanks for your tips. I will get biopsy results next week and I expect to discuss the treatment options then. I hope it will be just a lumpectomy with radiotherapy, that would be a good outcome. I am already lowering the bar. I have to think about reconstruction, my passion is surfing (on a board) so whatever is best for that comes first. My breasts have always been in the way a little bit while surfing so we will see.
I had low-grade DCIS two years ago, lumpectomy and no radiotherapy or chemo. I was told it was not cancer and not to worry. A year later I had mammogram and it looked clear, I was then discharged and I thought phew I came off lightly. Then a few months ago I felt a lump in the same area, I was hoping scar tissue but unfortunately it is cancer and invasive this time. On a mammogram calcification also showed up in the same breast so I had stereo biopsy two days ago to test the tissue. If it is cancerous, then I will probably lose the whole breast. I asked the surgeon, could we not do an 'Angelina Jolie', you know, replace both breasts with implants so I no longer need to worry about developing breast cancer whitout the trauma of having no breasts. Not an option, he said, and Angelina Jolie should be silenced. I don't know yet how I will handle it all. I feel weirdly calm but I don't think I am surpressing emotions and I don't think it is going to be easy. I feel in good hands. I would panick a lot more if I lived in the States for example, without proper health insurance. Take care Sue
In the event were ex soldiers, fit and tough looking guys but with visible disabilities and who knows what else that was not visible. But they were 'real
man' and they carried themselves with pride, competing in front of an audience and giving it their all. I found that inspiring and I cheered real hard.
I really like your attitude and I agree with you - there are people out there with what I would consider a more serious disability than losing a breast. Losing a breast would be psychological shock and a temporary disability to my womanhood - but a breast can be rebuilt and then I would be able to go back to almost everything I did before.
My thoughts are that the people in the event you went to today either never had a "normal" life or will never return to the life they had before their disability, correct? Some of them don't walk, can't bathe or shower by themselves, can't have a sexual relationship.
So I don't think that I would have the bigger problem, compared to what they have to deal with.
I am preparing myself for losing a breast, because that is likely going to happen. I find it difficult, it looks so good now, perfect, hard to believe it has to go.
Today I went to the Mey games, these are small Highland Games but special because we always get a Royal visit (Prince Charles). This year there were men and women participating from the Invictus games, you know, disabled servicemen in wheel chairs and with missing limbs. Tough and strong looking guys in kilts throwing hammers and tree trunks, but with rods instead of legs. It was inspiring, I thought, if they can make it work what should I worry about a breast?