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I have a recurrence of DCIS and have already had radiation. I will be having a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. People around me are sometimes treating this as a horrible thing? I find myself feeling lucky , No chemo no metastisis

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Stage 0 Patient about 7 years
 
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    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    Diane, I was like you. I felt so blessed that I didn't have to have chemo and radiation. Even though I had the mastectomy I know it could have been worse. So I'm very thankful. Prayers for a speedy recovery.
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    What you feel is your truth. You can't control others you can only control you. If you feel fortunate then you are fortunate. God Bless your journey and I mean your
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Nancy Ries Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Diane, in 2011 I was diagnosed with stage 1A breast cancer and DCIS in my right breast. It was caught extremely early because of the timing of my annual mammogram. Surgical breast biopsy. Cancer was .3 millimeters. I had 30 radiation treatments and have finished 15 months of Arimidex. I know how fortunate we both are. When I told friends and relatives I had breast cancer without pausing I let them know that I was going to be just fine. Strange how this journey makes us stronger women!!
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • julie s Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    That's a great way to look at it... Very positive. And yes you are fortunate!
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Diane, You are thinking in the right, and positive way! It could have been oh so much worse. I love your way of dealing with this. Honestly, I thought of my BC the same. Even though I was a 2B, went through a mastectomy and chemo.... only 4 rounds of AC. I kept thinking "HEY... PINCH ME" I am the luckiest dog in the pack! It could have been so much worse. I am thankful every single day. You ARE so blessed and I am glad you see it that way too. We can choose to see "Our glass half full or half empty." Usually life and its circumstances are what we make it. You got it going girl! Take care, Sharon
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • André Roberts Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    Diane you are very fortunate. Positivity is everything. Don't let people bring you down. Prayers to you.
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Kim Coleman Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 0 Patient
    This is exactly what is going on with me and I fell like I have made the right decision with God leading me
    almost 7 years Comment Flag
  • carolyn bonner Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 0 Patient
    I had DCIS on the left side 2000 2012 DCIS on the right. For years I had been waiting for my breast mutiny Took the postponing of my surgery this past January to convince my dr that I wanted a bilateral mastectomy. The cancer was a highly invasive one. This choice saved my life. After all the testing and MRI No cancer was found in the left breast and they thought I was throwing the baby out with the bath water It was my baby and the bath water was dirty I wanted them both removed. After all it was also deformed from the previous surgery. A constant reminder. The pathologist found cancer on the left side also during surgery I made the choice that gave me the most peace and felt that was what God was leading me to do. This decision saved my life. I was also blessed. Not to have to under go any radiation or chemo. My cancer was not estrogen fed. My oncologist said You had had enough and this saved your life. Do not let anyone give you a hard time about this. That month I had to wait gave me the time accept what was happening and pray for guidance. I am now waiting for nipple reconstruction and my tattoos. At 60. New Tatas and tattoos are great but peace off mind is the best. Good luck to you only you know your body
    over 6 years Comment Flag
  • Ann Ferguson Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Good for you! I had DCIS and immediately choose double mastectomy to avoid worry of recurrence. I am very glad I did and thankful everyday for the mammogram that found it early. I was also very happy not to need chemo or radiation. Some thought I choose too radical a treatment. But for me it was the right choice. BTW, I had to wait 3 months to get my 2 surgeons together on the same day for me, but I used that time to exercise and get as strong as possible before the surgery and I did not even realize I also used the time to emotionally accept what was happening to me. Keep your positive attitude and remember what you choose is what is right for you.
    about 7 years Flag
    • Kim Coleman Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 0 Patient

      This is exactly what I chose thanks for the encouragement

      almost 7 years Flag

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