I'm extremely grateful to have got the this part of my journey, and to all who made it possible for me to still be here, but I'm really struggling to navigate this reconstruction bit. I was considered high risk (grade 2, stage 3, lymph node involvement), and it was the end of 2020, so during lockdown. I was offered a full mastectomy, and no other options were discussed pre surgery, despite me asking. I'm very slim, and not a great candidate for FLAP reconstruction, but have concerns about an implant (both safety and aesthetic due to being so slim, tear drop shaped breast to match to, etc). At diagnosis, I would have been referred to what seems to be a great team of plastic surgeons, but that's all changed now. I had a referral to the current 'local' place, but wasn't 100% about going there. Having had a few 'hiccups' in my journey, I want to feel comfortable that I've got a good chance of getting the best result possible with my reconstruction, so asked my GP for a referral. My referral was rejected, and I've got another appointment at the local place I started at. I feel like I'm going round in circles now, and don't know what to do. I'm still struggling with body image and would like reconstruction of some sort, but no idea where to go from here. Has anyone else experienced anything like this? Has anyone been really happy with their plastic team? Or unhappy and wished they'd held out for another option? Any advice on being slim and going for FLAP or implant reconstruction?
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