I hope everyone had a nice October. I am 26 and scheduling a double mastectomy for February with immediate reconstruction (expanders to implants). I had a benign breast tumor at age 21. Had a lumpectomy at age 24. Turns out I have pre-cancerous cells. (LCIS). Since this diagnosis, I have consulted with several experts and because of this diagnosis, my mom's breast cancer history, among other things... The consenses is that I need to get a double mastectomy ASAP. I FINALLY (2 years later) have the courage to schedule it. I have a great husband and 2 energetic kids ages 7 & 3.
To anyone who has been through this (God bless you!!) can you give me some insight what to expect for my recovery? Or any tips? I am afraid of my kids seeing me so sick in bed. Should I have my husband take them on a mini vacay the first few days after surgery? My mom will be helping to take care of me. I'm just terrified and don't know what to expect. Thank you!!View Thread
Hello Ladies. Just joined this community and I'm so glad I found it! I am 26, married with 2 LO's. I found a fibroadinoma tumor at age 21, biopsy determined it was benign. A couple years later, it was painful so I had it removed 1.5 years ago. Pathology showed that I have LCIS (pre-cancerous cells). Also, my mom had pre-menopausal breast cancer at age 40. We both tested negative for the BRCA gene. Since the diagnosis, I have seen 2 breast cancer specialists, an oncologist, radiologists, and PCP's. I am not really a candidate for tamoxifen and I elected not to take it. Every doctor I've seen (and just about everyone else in my life) has highly recommended that I get the double mastectomy ASAP. My mom had the same tumor at the same age, same breast, so doctors believe there is a genetic component.
Bottom line is that I really don't want this surgery but I feel highly pressured to do the surgery ASAP. I will meet with the plastic surgeon in 2 weeks. I have a 2 & 6 year-old which is why I'm so nervous about the recovery. Since the diagnosis, I have basically put it off on the back burner and not really had the courage to research the matter much until recently.
I would love to hear about other people's experience with this surgery. How awful is the recovery? Can you really not lift your arms for 2 weeks? Are implants uncomfortable long term? Can you ever sleep on your stomach again? Is depression afterwards inevitable? Has anyone regretted having this surgery? These are just a few questions on the top of my head. Any feedback would be greatly apprecitated!! Thank you for reading my story.View Thread