To mastectomy, or not to mastectomy that question!!

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Well here it goes, as promised the follow up to my appointment for my new breast surgeons appointment. I am sure you have been holding your breath for this post! ( I know I have been lol)

After four weeks for grinding my teeth in my sleep. And breaking out in a rash on my legs, at last the big day has arrived. Before my appointment I filled out a TON of papers. Making sure I have all one hundred pages of pathology and radiology reports. I review all 15 pounds of my mammography and ultra sound pictures to make sure every single one was there to be viewed. The one thing that just stood out was the report form my last mammo stating ” highly suspicious” calcifications where found. How many more of these can I mentally endure? And its not just me! Its my husband, son, family and friends. I’m not gonna lie this completely sucks! New boobs are looking better and better!
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I was referred to an amazing breast surgeon who my oncologist works with. I have never been in office that was managed so well and everyone there really and truly cared about you. After the physical exam we
spent about an hour in the doctors personal office going over my films and learning what it meant to have a mastectomy. She last not happy I have already had three biopsy after having a lumpectomy two years ago. And the last streotatic biopsy was pretty much precancer.In my mind I was already sold on what needs to be done . If it means not to have any more biopsies every 6 months and mentally freaking out every 6 months I want it where’s the paperwork let me sign it! At last a light at end of the cancer tunnel!

This Wednesday I’m now to meet with plastic surgeon to speak about the reduction and reconstruction of both breasts. I have so many questions going to my mind for him. How the surgery works, recovery time, if the implants will need to be replaced and how much pain I will be in. I’m assuming it’s going to be a lot of pain but nothing in life that’s worth having is not a pain in the ass!
I saw the movie a long time ago, ” I Wore Lipstick to my mastectomy”, Back then I didn’t know how much meaning it would now. I just need to figure out MY war paint that I will be wearing to my mastectomy!!
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(Mine won’t be red, maybe I will do blue lol)

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About chemobrainandmore

My name is Heather and I am now 39 yrs old living at the Jersey shore. I was diagnosed Jan 2011 with stage II A breast cancer right after my 36th birthday. Sadly I was married for just a year at the time.I had four rounds of chemo 33 round of radiation a lumpectonly and MANY ,MANY biopsies. As if that was not enough I ended up having a total hysterectomy summer of 2012. And then this past July 2013 I under went a bilateral mastectomy and I am still under going reconstruction. I am a mom, a wife and a survivor! I have had more ups and downs then I have fingers and toes! But through it all I have had a smile on my face and try to laugh my way through it all. I have done two Strides Walk for breast cancer and I am extremely proud of how much I have raised ( I made pacesetter status!) I enjoy laughing and making people laugh, and if my blog can shed some light on cancer and make one person laugh at ,or with me ,then the fight has been worth it. Thank you for reading about my life and taking a ride with me on this journey. Feel free to reach out to me, I love being able to pay it forward and help others!

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  1. I like your blog post but am sorry you are facing this decision. A mastectomy is not an easy surgery (even though Angelina Jolie made it sound like a paper cut) but there are decent pain meds and they help you get thru it. I had expanders placed during the bilateral surgery and expansion is a long process but in the end you can put the cancer worries behind you ! If you made it through chemo – you can make it thru this. !!! Please let me know if I can help you with any questions. Just hioller !

    • Thank you so much for the support! Like you said if I made it through chemo I can do this. I had the hysterectomy last summer so it only makes sense to do this. I have already had three biopsys I can keep doing it. I’m keeping positive and looking at the end result, new perky boobs lol. Any tips on what got you through the recovery? I already started buying button down and zip up shirts.

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