Hi Lindsey~ Like the other ladies, I realize this is a hard time for you and your family. I had early stage 2 in my rt breast, and also asked for and had a prophylactic left mastectomy. Mine was missed in my usual mammos, and my husband had just had a heart transplant. So, our family was DONE w/medical issues by the time of my diagnosis. My work of bilateral reconstruction was performed in various surgical procedures, and I am now going on 7 yrs. of survival. As I am tall but small, there was no tummy to tuck so my rt breast was created from my suntanned freckled skin off my back... a bit more difficult and odd looking, and I'm "cut" 3/4s around my bra line, but it worked and I'm happy. I did great with chemo and never even got sick, reqd no radiation, but didn't tolerate tamoxifin so have been on femara for 6 yrs or so. I also have been taking a daily baby aspirin for some time, as this has recently appeared to be favorable in the med. reports. I have returned to finish my Master's degree and am working w/ppl having traumatic brain injuries. My dear husband died 30 months ago, so my new thing is to maintain a primary focus on my personal well-being, as I am now my children's only parent. I exercise/ or garden almost daily, maintain my wt, and really watch my diet (mostly Med/ or vegetarian now) and no food additives, etc. I'm doing the best I can to be positive as a newish widow, and to move forward as a healthy 56yr old woman. I know our ages are different, but our fears were the same. You are doing the right things; keep positive and know that this too shall pass. I had 0 complications, minimal chemo side effects, and did all of my "mom stuff" so that my family wouldn't be afraid. My normal activities reassured them and me, then and also now. Never had lymphadema, and I don't read scary stories bec. we are all different and so is our BC. Avoid negativity. Expect good and go from there:) PS~ I rem. about as much from all of my reconstructive surgeries as I rem. from giving birth 2X. You know how it's written that if we recalled our pain in the delivery rm, we would never do it again? Well, all of my BC procedures are in this same place mentally... something I did that probably hurt then, but doesn't now and was well worth everything I endured. My experiences may have been better than other women, and I realize this, but they are still mine and real. BLESSINGS!View Thread
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