I had a bilateral mastectomy in 2009, waited a year before reconstruction, I had the DIEP Flap reconstruction. During the summer of 2009 I had a lot of problems with scar tissue build up on my right side due to radiation. One of the things that helped was believe it or not swimming and the swimming stroke that I found that helped the most was backstroke, at times I just swing my arm backwards and it helps to loosen up the scar tissue. When I had my reconstruction surgery my plastic surgeon removed a lot of scar tissue. The DIEP Flap procedure is where they take the fat from your abdomen. No expanders or silicon . Another thing that you could try doing to loosen up the scar tissue is when in the shower use lots of soap and water stretch and rub the area, I know that you are in pain but with a little persistence you will get the scar tissue to loosen up. You could also with a new plastic surgeon to see if they can remove the scar tissue. The scar tissue will always develop. With some people it is more than others. Good LuckView Thread
I had DIEP Flap reconstruction, glad I did it, I did not want implants, I have had no problems with it. I am not as big as I use to be but the first words when I woke and was thank you as it worked and I had cleavage. My recovery was not that bad, I could not stand straight for at least ten days, I was told to walk, walk and walk of which I did. I had a jogging stroller and off I would go, no baby in it, just a rock to keep it weighted, truly believe all the walking helped me. My surgery was quite long as we did both sides...... I hope that things work out that you can have the surgery.....
It looks like you and the other ladies are going to have all great summers, nothing better than having planned events, vacations etc.
On the 8th we leave for Seattle, via, Lake Tahoe, San Fransisco, I am taking my bike and Golden Gate Bridge here I come. Will ride across that. Then on to Seattle where husband and daughter will ride there bikes down to Portland. Two day event then home. Have a few days at the Mountain Cabin Time share after that,
Then the best is saved for last, two weeks in Alaska. We will fly up and rent a car for a week and go and see some of the sights, then board a cruise ship for a week getting off in Vancouver, Ca, then home.
Not sure about going up in a hot air balloon, though would not mind taking a ride on a hand glider, only problem is you spend all the time prepping and next thing you know you are on the ground. I want to be up there for at least thirty minutes to really get the feel of what it is truly like...
Cleaning the house is not on the list, that will be done in Oct before the family arrives for my daughters wedding in November, the garden is all planted and may get some of my attention when I am home, how is that.
How are things back home, good I hope. They went into take my ovary out and could not figure out why the peritonium looked like it did, they thought it was scar tissue from chemo. I am glad that they took a biopsy, even though it came back positive at least I knew that it was there.
HI, A bit of history, after I finished chemo & radiation and surgery, I tried Femera and lasted about a month, it caused a lot of pain, then in July I tried Aromasin and last abt two & half months and had to go on blood pressure and cholestrol meds. After that I did not attempt anything else. In 2010 I was told about 75% that it would come back. We found it in the lining of the peritoneal and the spine and pelvis area. I went on the generic, Letorolze and we have been able to control it up about a couple of months ago, tired Aromasin again, but came off of it because I forgot about the blood pressure and I about ended up in the funny farm with the combination of the drugs. I hope that you are able to stay ahead of the game here. I do not have the energy I use to have but I still walk, ride my bike and presently trying to get my flower beds all planted this weekend as the weather has cooled down some. Have a nice day
Oh yes hearing those results can be very scary, please know that we on this board are very supportive of those whose life journey is changed because of cancer. Please let us know what the Dr says. Also not all results are bad, I hope that you have a good day tomorrow and your appt goes well.
I normally do not have such great success, I got my seeds from a new seed company and they were pretty inexpensive, they came with a few hundred in a packet. I put them onto trays next thing the silly things all germinated. Lots of work, tomorrow if it is not raining I will be putting some in, I have sold quite a few.
Mind you all I have done this week is get all of my flowers beds ready to plant, only problem is are the bulbs that are not ready to be cut down, so I have to plant around everything.
Hi 2xwarrier, On May 14th I was four years out with Stage 3 Lobular, no nodes involved. What stage are you at in your treatment? It is not a easy road.... That is my good news, I made it two years before it was found in other places. I am doing good, still active and enjoying what I can in life. I do wish you lots of luck,