Welcome, Lindsay. This is a very difficult decision but with an 85% chance of developing BC, I think you're making the wise decision. I don't have much to offer regarding your reconstruction. I had a double mastectomy and tissue expanders, which eventually had to be removed for radiation treatment. Mine is a complicated situation... If someone doesn't chime in with some advice on the recon, you might check out breastcancer.org. There are many thousands of women who participate in the discussions there, and you will find lots of help specific to your type of surgery and recon. It's great that your mom will be there for your little ones. You will have very restrictive weight limitations for a few weeks, so any help will be good. And tell your hubby that breast cancer is devastating; with your odds, whatever you can do to avoid it and the potentially deadly consequences is very wise. There's risk in any surgery, but there is no cure for breast cancer.
Best of luck to you, and check back in with us to let us know how you are doing.
When I have a scan, I leave the scanning center with a DVD of the scans. There is a viewer included, so I can look at the pictures on my computer on my own time. Just let the technician know you want a copy and they will give it to you before you leave (you might have to wait a couple of minutes). For your past scans, go to the medical records department and request copies of everything you want. You are entitled...View Thread
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I just read your email then came here to offer my condolences. Like when my mom passed away, I will not be sad for your mom, but I am sure you will miss her. I am glad you have such wonderful memories of the recent holidays. And how wonderful that she left you a plan for her final arrangements, that takes some of the pressure off you.
That sounds like quite a drive for her service - I will send positive thoughts for good weather. May you find peace and joy in your fond memories of your mom.
The PET/CT scans are a way of tracking whether or not your treatment plan is working. I want to know, my oncologist needs to know so she can make changes if necessary. I do not have any pain, but I have lung and chest mets, and brain mets. I'm pretty sure I don't want to wait until it hurts to find out what's happening. But that's me. You could ask your oncologist to not review the results with you. I, for one, always get a copy of the written report plus I look at the scan pictures so I can see where my cancer is growing or shrinking.
In my opinion, knowledge is power and I can't imagine not knowing what's going on.
My husband and daughter are quite a pair! He's her stepfather, but you'd never guess that. She has the good side of her real dad's humor (he can also be cruelly sarcastic) and the playful side of hubby's humor. So they dream up all kinds of crazy things.
Bubbly - oh yes, the bottle is in the fridge, we have friends ming over for an early celebration and some nice appetizers and "small plates". I don't know if I can make it to midnight, although I did last night because we babysat the grandkids and came home afterwards. So there's at least a chance I'll see the ball drop. Hubby actually offered to take me to Times Square (I've wanted to do that for years) but just the hotel was $1199 and the "party" at the hotel was $1500 each...LOL! As much as I'd like to do it, I can see that money taking me on a week or two to a tropical island. And with the winter weather so far, I'll be ready for an escape by the time February rolls around.
Happy New Years, friends! I hope everyone has a fun evening, whatever you do, and enjoy a happy and healthy 2013.