In late January 2003 I had bleeding from my right nipple. I went to my family Dr and he ordered some tests. Nothing showed on the mammogram. So then I had a ductogram, which showed a shadow in the duct. I had a papilloma, which is a benign tumor. On May 16th I had surgery to remove it. The Dr told me the surgery went well so I never suspected that there was anything wrong. I got the phone call on May 19th "the pathologist found some cancer cells in another part of the duct." On June 4th I had a lumpectomy and when I recovered it was followed by 33 radiation treatments. The surgeon had removed my nipple , so I decided to have some reconstruction to make it look more normal. And finally my life returned to some semblance of normalcy. I was a survivor.
Then 3 yrs later, the Dr found a suspicious spot on my mammogram. The cancer had come back. I decided then to just have a double mastectomy with reconstruction. So on May 16th, I had the surgery. In early September one of the tissue expanders started leaking and had to be replaced. I had the expanders removed and the implants put in March 2007. I had brand new perky breasts, for about 4 months. In July 2007 I developed a staph infection and ended up having the implants removed. I haven't had any more reconstruction yet, but have recently started considering trying again. Maybe the third time will be the charm.
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