26-04-2018 11:48 AM
I had a mx in Feb with no reconstruction, I needed to know it had all gone, but have been told I have the option to reconstruct at a later date - probably won’t. I had very little pain, more like discomfort and the scar healed very well. I did develop a seroma which was weird but it was drained just the once thankfully, although I’m still not completely flat..really not sure what I should be expecting! I’m happy with what it is though.
I bought crop tops from Sainsburys, seamless and slightly padded, very stretchy for when I wanted something other than a soft vest top. I put them on from the feet up! They have worked very well and when I had my seroma I wore them at night too. I’m happy with my softee’s so haven’t rushed to get a fitting for a proper one. Am just finishing rads so will probably wait until my skin has settled.
Regarding exercises, I thought there was no way I’d ever be able to complete the full range, but I’m 11 weeks on and just this week have achieved it! Perseverance does pay off! I’ve been told to keep doing them for a minimum of 2 years after rads, as stopping too soon can cause stiffness and require physio, so I shall do as I’m told!
Good luck with your decision, your gut feel is probably the right one, as a BCN once said to me. Xx
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26-04-2018 09:38 AM
Good morning. I was 60 at diagnosis and my gut instinct was also not to go for reconstruction mainly because I was anxious about the length of the operation and recovery time. Three years on I am still happy with my decision and have no regrets. I wear a prosthesis and dressed look absolutely fine. When I go for my annual check up the surgeon always offers me reconstruction so you can change your mind any time. There is a good facebook page, Flat Friends, which offers lots of support and advice to people who don't have reconstruction and is a good place for people to share their feelings. After the mastectomy I think the best thing is just to take things very gently and do your post surgery exercises so you get full range of movement back in your shoulder and arm. I was dreading surgery but I woke up from the anaesthetic feeling fine just relieved that it was over. Good luck with everything and do let us know how you go. All the best x
26-04-2018 07:56 AM
Good Morning...ok I was told yesterday that I need a Mastectomy but can't decide whether to have reconstruction or not. My gut instinct is NOT. I am a 'young' 62 year old and also diabetic. My Oncologist has told me to go home and think about it. Just looking to hear about anyone's experiences and all advice greatly received.......now off to read-up on the Mastectomy itself - any advice or tips for when I come home from hospital to help me cope? I am feeling strong and positive and have all my friends and family around me and have nicknamed us #teamstrong