I am shocked at how good my chest looks after reconstruction. PS put in small implants. I had two tumors in my left breast and one affected lymph node. I decided to have bi-lateral masectomy even though I had no signs on cancer in my right breast.
I hade 16 rounds of chemo prior to surgery to shrink tumors. My general surgeon and Oncologist are pleased with my response to chemo-tumors shrunk to 1.8 and 1.7 cm and the cancer in the affected lymph node was almost gone.
I didn't appreciate that surgery is so tough. I feel like a big baby, because I have always had a high threshhold for pain. My last last two babies were delivered before I could have pain meds. The drains were more painful than I thought. I have felt so helpless and frustrated by the pain. I tried to prepare before surgery by doing strength building and stretching exercises. I feel some relief from the prescription meds and ice packs. I went a certified Oncology massage therapist last week and felt wonderful for a couple of days. Just can't afford it again til next month. I thought the pain and tightness would be declining, but I guess I was not realistic. I am worn out by early evening and feel like I am 82yrs old instead of 42! LOL I might be referred to Physical Therapy this week by my PS. Just wanted to vent and share. I am going to try meditation at my local Cancer Support center to help cope with the pain and frustration.