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Old 12-26-2009, 05:06 PM   #8
Laurel
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Re: Bilateral mastectomy support group

Dianne,

I did have my reconstruction with silicone implants (mentor high profile if I recall correctly). They are very comfortable and never bother me. The only discomfort I have post mastectomy is my axillary scar remains tender.

Again, I strongly urge you to visit BreastCancer.org, another support site where they have several threads ongoing regarding all aspects of breast reconstruction. You will learn a great deal just reading old posts on the site. Very worthwhile, I assure you.

My nipples were recreated with an incision that lifted a flap of skin that was then twirled into a nipple-like ball and sutured down. Last week I had my annual physical with my G.P. She asked if she might see my reconstruction to which I obliged. My G.P. thought my nipples were the real deal and I have not yet gotten them tattooed! She said she just thought I had pale areolas as so many women do. This goes to show you they can make them look pretty dog-goned real looking! I can wear any type of blouse I wish from a low-cut V-neck, to low scoop neck. I've got nice cleavage. No one can tell the difference if you do not share. Seriously.
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Dx'd w/multifocal DCIS/IDS 3/08
7mm invasive component
Partial mast. 5/08
Stage 1b, ER 80%, PR 90%, HER-2 6.9 on FISH
0/5 nodes
4 AC, 4 TH finished 9/08
Herceptin every 3 weeks. Finished 7/09
Tamoxifen 10/08. Switched to Femara 8/09
Bilat SPM w/reconstruction 10/08
Clinical Trial w/Clondronate 12/08
Stopped Clondronate--too hard on my gizzard!
Switched back to Tamoxifen due to tendon pain from Femara

13 Years NED
I think I just might hang around awhile....

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