So sorry you are going through this. My only input is to only do only what you are comfortable with. Your reconstruction can be done at any time if you are not 100% confident in your decision. Only you know what you feel in your heart is right. Sending good thoughts and hugs:) JenniferView Thread
I have follow-up MRI's on my DIEP flap reconstructed breast and surrounding areas. That is how my recent reoccurance was caught so early. I still have mamograms for the other breast also along with self exams. I recommend discussing an after care plan with surgeon and oncologist. They may have other options for you.
I had Diep Flap reconstruction in December 2011. I had a wonderful surgeon and a good outcome. It is pretty major surgery and the recovery time can be lengthy depending on the person. I was in the hospital for 5 days and was moving slowly for another few weeks. I will mention that I was 42 at the time of surgery and in fairly good shape. I chose this option because it eliminated the foreign object in my body (an implant) and the process itself was much shorter (no expanders). Plus I had some "extra" tummy from the birth of my daughter the year before. My reconstruction looks natural and I'm happy with it. There are pro and cons to every type of reconstruction and what is best for one may not be for another. Good luck with your decision. JenniferView Thread
I'm so sorry you have to go through this. I can completely relate to your feelings and fears. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 agressive BC when my daughter was 2 months old, three years ago. It was terrifying. I coped by educating myself and concentrating on the positives in my life (I know...easier said than done). I refused to let this darn cancer take over my life. Don't get me wrong, it is a long road but I made it through surgeries and chemo. My fears came true in December when I had a reoccurance. It was caught much earlier than the first time and I'm just now finishing chemo and radiation and will have herceptin treatments through March of next year. I'm telling you this because even if your worst fears happen, it is possible to overcome them and there is hope. There is always hope! I live by that school of thought everyday as I spend time with and get strength from my children, family and friends. It may take you a while, but I'm hoping you get there also. Sending you hugs, prayers and positive thoughts. JenniferView Thread
I'm just finishing my last couple radiation treatments this week. I'm pretty raw, sore and blistered. Anyone have and advise or tips about what worked best for them during recovery? I'm so glad to be almost done but I'm in a lot of pain. Thanks for your advise!! JenniferView Thread
Your journey seems very similar to mine. I was 38 when diagnosed. I also had to insist on a biopsy/further testing also. I'm so glad you trusted your intuition and now you can start treatment that much earlier. I'm sending you positive thoughts. Remember, you are much stronger than you think and we are here for you.View Thread