Hi, I'm very sorry to hear that you're going through this, but you've done the right thing bringing it to your doctor's attention. I'm glad she's sending you for your diagnostic tests. This certainly is nothing to take lightly. You mention having children so I know this whole experience is extremely stressful. I did not have your experience, mine was diagnosed from a mammogram. Will you please let us know what happens from your appointments. I'll be thinking of you and hoping for the best. JanieView Thread
Hello and thanks to all who shared their experiences and suggestions. I am one week from the surgery and of course am questioning my decision all the time now. My doctor thinks this is the surgery that will give me the best result. I was mortified when he had me stand in front of him while he felt my stomach. He said "Oh good, we have plenty to work with here". He estimates the surgery will take 8 hours. I had my pre-op appointment on Monday at Duke and everything went fine there. I guess the problem was that while I've had lots of surgery, I've never had one that's elective. It's always been necessary. My mastectomy went all the way to the chest wall, with sentinel nodes removed as well, and it would be very nice to have a breast there. One thing I don't understand still is how they check that breast (the new one) for a recurrence in the surrounding areas. Can they still do a mammogram? You can probably see just how conflicted I am. Again, thanks to all and best wishes to every one of you. Anyone else having this heavy rain? I'm in Virginia and we're starting to have some sinkholes open up.
For the time being I will just say hello and welcome you here, although I wish you hadn't had to seek us out. I'm so sorry for your diagnosis. The waiting is the toughest part, I think when you see your doctor and get your plan of attack it really causes you to focus on getting well, instead of that unknown future. In the meantime I'd use any distraction to get your mind off of this, whether it's time with friends, reading, or shopping. I hope you have good support from family and friends. This is a good time to concentrate on gathering your support system. I'm not in your exact situation but have been going through this for one year on July 5, so I really can feel your anxiety and fears. Also, my sister was diagnosed on the same day that you were, hasn't seen her surgeon yet so doesn't know her treatment options yet either. We're all suffering with her too. I wish you all the best and will be thinking of you.
Hi ladies, I'm wondering if anyone would offer opinions,experiences about the Diep flap surgery. I'm scheduled July 10, still very conflicted, I have my pre-op appointment Monday the 1st. My plastic surgeon wanted me to see my neurosurgeon at University of Virginia who checks a brain aneurysm for me every two years, I did that last week, she thinks I'm fine for the surgery. My Onco DX score was very high, 93%, chemo supposedly lowered it to about 47%. I had a left mastectomy July 2012, wishing now I'd had a double mastectomy since my chances of recurrence are still pretty high. I'm having a mammogram July 5 on the right breast. Obviously if any cancer shows up I'd cancel the Diep flap surgery. I know that I'm the only one who can make the decision but just wondered if anyone has any thoughts on it. I'll mention that I'm 68 years old. My plastic surgeon said that he's had patients in their 80's. Thanks for any input.
Cindy, I'm wishing for good news for you on the thyroid issue. And Roberta I'm sure you will be so relieved to have that darned port out. I love those surgery drugs too. I think it's so odd that you can be talking to someone in the surgery suite, and all of a sudden you're just gone, then wake up and it's over. One of my sisters just got her pathology report back and it is invasive ductal bc, triple negative, with a proliferation index of 35%. I'm so sad for her, she is a triplet and I'm wondering what this means for the other two triplets. I'm not sad because I think she can't beat this, she's a strong woman, I was just hoping that my sisters would be spared this disease. Roberta, I hope you can find some relief for your back. You certainly don't need this with surgery coming up. Thinking of you and Cindy and all the rest fighting this fight. Please save me a seat on Pinkie.
I wanted to answer you to let you know I don't have a port, don't know why, some medical people at Duke seemed surprised that I didn't, always just had intravenous chemo. So I can't contribute any information, just wish you well with it. I wanted to let you know too that my sister does have breast cancer. She just called and told me. She's 62, and one of my triplet sisters. I had hoped so much that this wouldn't happen to her. She's one strong woman though. She'll get through it just fine, I think. I'm feeling pretty sad about it.
I've been absent for awhile and it's good to get back and see what everyone is up to. I've been in northern Virginia, took the train, visited my niece in Reston and my sister in Burke, very nice to see them and families. Just as I got back the sister I had gone to see had a mammogram that turned up a suspicious area, so she just had a biopsy, we're all anxiously waiting for the results. Summer sounds great for both of you, I'm glad you have so many fun things planned. That is what summer is all about. Roberta, I've always wanted to go to a balloon fest, that sounds like so much fun. And Jenna I've always wanted to go to Newport, one of my sisters went last year, did a tour of several resort towns nearby, she just loved it, the scenery and the mansions, she said, were just unbelievable. And you're right about just having coffee on the deck, enjoying that soft morning air you get in summer. And, of course, our flowers.
My big plan for summer is a Diep flap surgery on July 10. I've been on the medical conveyor belt for this, have to get clearance from my neurosurgeon and several other doctors before the surgery.There are so many plans to made for this it's kind of overwhelming. About a month after this we go to the beach with my extended family, about 24 people in one of the largest beach houses at Nags Head. We've done this for about 38 years now. Love the time with my sisters, that's the best part. Hope you are both well and hope Kaiden is now fully recovered, ready for summer fun. All the best to you,
Roberta, thanks for the picture of Dakota. He's really lovely and looks like such a good boy. I love dogs but have never had one. Cats have kept showing up at my side door since we moved here, 37 years ago. I have two grand dogs though, so I get some time with them. I loved the idea of the comfort dogs that visited children in the hospital after the Moore, OK tornado. What a great idea.
Hope it stops raining so you can go to your cookout. And hope you and Kaiden are both doing well. I'm so glad your scans looked good. Have a great weekend.
Roberta, I too am very sad to hear about your little dog. I like the idea of the Rainbow Bridge, where our little animal friends will be waiting for us when it's our time to cross. I'm sure that after 14 years with him you have many happy memories. Hope your scans turned out well.
Jenna, I know just what you mean about your house. Mine is an unassuming ranch that just sort of sits around, nothing anyone would pay attention to, and then April and May come and everything just bursts into bloom, this year all blooming at the same time, rhododendrons, azaleas, Japanese tree peonies, viburnums, creeping phlox, etc. My sisters think it's gaudy, but I just love all the color. Forgot dogwoods and crabapple trees. I'm now sitting here craving a Dove bar.