Hi Nextstep, your comments sounded just like mine last year! I had a WLE followed by a MX 6 weeks later at the age of 46. I wasn't offered a recon as I was taking warfarin at that stage. For me losing one breast really hasn't been that bad: it probably helps that I didn't have much in the first place and have always used a bra for 'scaffolding' rather than support!
Most people I work with are unaware that I have had cancer and lost a breast, and once dressed, you really can't tell. Summer was a little challenging, but skinny ribbed vest tops work well. Silly things like loading a supermarket trolley can be a problem with lower necklines and gaping. I go swimming twice a week, so it's not holding me back. I am not considering recon at the moment as I can't face any more surgery and the thought of having bits of my body cut off and moved leaves me cold. I do think women should be told that going breast free is an option: when I said to a BCN that I didn't want a recon her answer was "you'll change your mind". Maybe I will (but it's unlikely) but I resent the fact that there is an assumption that everyone wants a recon.
I also have slight truncal lympheodema; another reason why I don't want more surgery.
I have been taking tamoxafin since June and have had no side effects, except that my periods stopped, returned for two months and have gone again 🙂
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