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Just seen my scars

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adoptedmanc
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Re: Just seen my scars

Ah that battle between the rational and irrational bits of the brain! I know it well. I have had mental health problems in the past and consider myself as someone who manages my mental health pretty well, however the truth is there is no right or wrong way to navigate a breast cancer journey and no matter how you think or imagine you may or may not feel you just don’t know until you experience it yourself. 
Try to take each day as it comes, keep doing the exercises, take some walks and potter about a little bit more your body is amazing it will heal but remember time is something we can’t control but it is the best healer 

AM xxx

Angie7
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Re: Just seen my scars

Hello adoptedmanc,

Thank you for your message, I do realise I am being unrealistic about how I should be feeling and my rational brain keeps telling me its only been 8 days. I am very impatient and not a very good patient! I didn't think I would be so swollen and uncomfortable, it doesn't feel as though I am making progress.

You are right this is a rollercoaster emotionally, one step forward and then you slide back two. I am doing my exercises and pottering about but I run out of steam very easily. I am going to vitamin c, that seems like a good idea. Many thanks

adoptedmanc
Member

Re: Just seen my scars

Hello @Angie7 

I had a WLE on my left breast (and SNB) last July, and remember first seeing my wounds when the dressings first came off: I won’t lie it was a shock and they looked hideous and looked huge. 
Six months later I’m equally surprised how much they have shrunk and how non-visible (I wouldn’t say invisible as I know they are there!) 

As Evie says don’t be too hard on yourself the residual effects of the general anaesthetic can last for sometime, you are also at a relatively early point after your diagnosis and treatment.  
I finished my active treatment in October when I finished a course of radiotherapy, and whilst I was fortunate that physically my treatment wasn’t too difficult for me, psychologically I struggled: it is a rollercoaster there are days when it’s all good but then others when the anxiety just takes over. 
When I was recovering from my surgery I took a dose of Vitamin C every day as it is good for helping the body to heal. 

AM xxx

Evie-S
Community Champion

Re: Just seen my scars

@Angie7 - I had a mastectomy so I’m afraid I can’t compare what I had with your scars, but I didn’t want to read your post and not stop by to at least send you a big hug.

Why don’t you call your breast care nurse to ask her advice - or maybe you have an appointment soon for a check up when you can ask questions?

One thing to bear in mind is that general anaesthetics can (not always) hit hard afterwards, I didn’t realise until later but I felt very anxious and down after my operation. I felt a lot better once it was out of my system.

But hopefully others who had a WLE will be along soon to chat. Evie xx

Angie7
Member

Just seen my scars

I had bi lateral wide excision on 5th Jan. I have just removed my dressings (they were starting to peel off) The scars were huge, especially on the breast where my nipple was removed, right across the whole breast. It really upset and shook me. All I can think was they found larger tumours than expected. Nobody has said anything to me. I am feeling back to square one with anxiety now. I did think I was on a path out but now I feel as though I am waiting for a bomb to drop. Depressing.