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I previously posted about numbness after surgery. Thanks for answers. I bought a nice pair of high quality prosthetics and notice less discomfort and numbess when I wear them!

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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Great to hear! I also wear a prosthetic and after 5 years, it feels totally "normal". It is quite comfortable and I never go without it. It just feels weird if I don't where it. I am glad to hear you have found a way to be more comfortable. It sounds like the vast majority here have reconstruction whereas I never even considered it. This is probably because of my age but It is nice to hear of another woman who did not have reconstruction. When I was about to have the mastectomy, my surgeon who was a breast surgeon, asked me about reconstruction. I told her I had decided against it. She said she could make a "seat" where my prosthesis would fit. She did.... it is an area that the triangular prosthesis fits against my chest wall. I don't regret my decision as for me, it works well. Patricia, I am glad you are feeling better! Take care, Sharon
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    • Patricia Stoop Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      So great to hear - i often feel I'm strange for not having reconstruction. I'm 41 and i didn't even consider it and even had bilateral mastectomies. Not a fan of foreign bodies and fear too long a recovery from other procedures. Just wanted to get...

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      So great to hear - i often feel I'm strange for not having reconstruction. I'm 41 and i didn't even consider it and even had bilateral mastectomies. Not a fan of foreign bodies and fear too long a recovery from other procedures. Just wanted to get on with life. I absolutely love my girls now and can take them off whenever i like.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Patricia, we all have our particular reasons. The, universal, complaint I have heard is pain from the expanders. I have never heard of a person who didn't have a problem with them. It is such a long process and I wanted to be done with it. ...

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      Patricia, we all have our particular reasons. The, universal, complaint I have heard is pain from the expanders. I have never heard of a person who didn't have a problem with them. It is such a long process and I wanted to be done with it. There are no right or wrong answers here.... as it is an absolutely personal decision. I am sure most women who go through the reconstruction process are happy with their choice. They are made whole again. I never had much connection with my breasts, my femininity. They have always been quite small so I just didn't have the same feeling of importance about my breasts. (I never had them, so I didn't miss them) Other women's breasts have significant meaning and are devastated at the loss. It is very interesting how we each, individually view ourselves. I am grateful to be alive, prosthesis and all. After my mastectomy, reconstruction was the last thing I wanted to do. I just wanted to heal, get through the chemo, and get back to my horses and my normal life. A reconstructed breast, which took months to make didn't figure into my life's plan. I can certainly understand another woman's decision to do this. Patricia, I am so glad you wrote and shared your decision process! Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Sharon, your post to others have been a comfort and affirmation of how important our individual choices are. I was prepared to make your choice for the same reasons but was a candidate for lumpectomy and radiation. I still didn't want recon...

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      Sharon, your post to others have been a comfort and affirmation of how important our individual choices are. I was prepared to make your choice for the same reasons but was a candidate for lumpectomy and radiation. I still didn't want recon surgery if I could be healthy without it. Keep up the good you do for all of us. No matter the path we take we are all on this journey together. :-)

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Jo,

      HOW KIND! So many experiences, and personal feelings go into these very important decisions we have to make with our treatments. Nobody can say what is right and correct for another individual. Again, every one of us are very special, and...

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      Jo,

      HOW KIND! So many experiences, and personal feelings go into these very important decisions we have to make with our treatments. Nobody can say what is right and correct for another individual. Again, every one of us are very special, and unique. I feel we are all pals here as we have shared a journey that one can't describe unless they have also walked it. Take care, and thank you for your wonderful words. Take care, Sharon

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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I'm 58 and after 9 months of putting on my breast everyday and having some "boob free" days I have decided to do reconstruction the end of June. I hate that time of day I put my breast in the drawer with my bras, underware, slips, and hose. Recon isn 't for everyone but going without is not for everybody. We are all sisters and support everybody in their journey.
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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Marianne I'm with you I had reconstruction at the time of my mastectomies not all reconstruction requires tissue expanders my implants were put in from the start under the muscle I actually requested smaller implants then what my breast actually...

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      Marianne I'm with you I had reconstruction at the time of my mastectomies not all reconstruction requires tissue expanders my implants were put in from the start under the muscle I actually requested smaller implants then what my breast actually were call me vain but I just could not imagine not having even little humps to me the thought of having to shower or dress and be reminded of my journey daily was overwhelming. I woke up from surgery with bumps all was good it was not any longer of a recovery period then not having implants. I know several women who had tissue expanders and their discomfort complaints were only on the days when more saline was inserted otherwise they were fine and they even had it done during their lunch break. It is an individual decision and I understand both sides my cousin actually chose to just go with prothesis psychologically it took her a while to be able to look at her scares... we all have the similar scares with or without reconstruction inside and out we are fortunate in this day and age to have choices that best fits our personal needs. Thank God for the advances in medicine and technology

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    • Patricia Stoop Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I hope it goes well and you can put your prosthetic girl to rest for good ;)

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  • sylvia clark Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I am 32 n opted for no recon for now, I will do it after I am done with the treatment. I did choose not to get the prosthetic and embraced what I am going through, I felt that it was easier than putting the prosthetics away every day. We are all special and we are all our own world, I love that we can share our feelings, experiences and bond <3!
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    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    Glad to hear I'm not the only one that opted not to do breast recon. My surgeon did a great job of breast conservation / lumpectomy. He left it totally up to me, but was really sensitive and caring. I'm 62 and the breast form fills me out nicely.
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