Surgery

A place to discuss anything about surgery. Share your experiences, and ask questions to people who've been through it.

Surgery

Cobwoman
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I'm waiting for my cancerous lump in my breast to be remove on Tuesday . Just want it out ! 2  Lymph nodes to go def too .I have die going in with a wire midday Monday. I am trying to survive on no  than 4hrs sleep a night ... subconscious won't switch off ...

Another thing on my mind is going to be put on HRT which I havent wanted to before now ...I'm 60 so I must of gone thru menopause without  it but the cancer I have is HER2 at stage 2 has anyone not gone on it ...

Not looking fwd to chemo and radiotherapy of course but I have no choice .

Having said all this I feel positive about surviving etc ...my animals are my worry that family can't give them the care I do . 

latchbrook
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Hi and a very warm welcome to the online community

I'm sorry to hear that you're waiting for surgery and know what a worrying time this is. Trying to cope with only 4 hours sleep a night is not the ideal preparation for having surgery. Have you spoken to your GP to see if they are able to help with this? You might also find this information from Maggie's about managing stress helpful.

Could I also point you in the direction of the very friendly breast cancer group where you'll find plenty of others who are going through the same experiences as you. The group also has a monthly thread on chemotherapy and one on radiotherapy which you might like to take a look at.

To join the group just click on the link I've created and then choose 'join this group' on the page that opens.

When you have a minute it would be really useful if could pop something about your journey so far into your profile as it really helps others when answering or looking for someone with a similar diagnosis. It also means that you don't have to keep repeating yourself. To do this click on your username and then select 'Edit Profile'. You can amend it at any time and if you're not sure what to write you can take a look at mine by clicking on my username.

x

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Emmar4553
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Hi, I too am about to have a Mastectomy on Tuesday to remove my right breast and lymph nodes under my arm. I am feeling rather nervous as I have been unsure whether to have a Lumpectomy or to go ahead with the Mastectomy.(Tests have shown that the cancer has not spread). Looking at images of a Mastectomy has not done anything to stop my anxiety. I am also feeling anxious about the removal of the lymph nodes, as reading the literature, this in itself can create many unpleasant side effects.

My surgeon does not use a drainage bag therefore leaving excess fluids to drain away naturally. I do not know whether the use of a drainage bag will create less problems after surgery. 

sunshine-19
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Hi Emmar4553

I just wanted to wish you all the best for your operation on Tuesday.  

Unfortunately i can't answer your question.  I would just suggest you talk to your surgeon on Tuesday.

Although others whom have already had their ops make be able to help you.

Once again good luck x

Live For Today  and be Happy    :) 
Cobwoman
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Im having a lumpectomy only ...so sorry to read Ur going thru this too

sunshine-19
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Its frightening you feel for people when you hear they going through this.

Although when it actual happens you its a big shock and all kinds of emotions as you know.

I'm sorry to hear you having to have an op too.  Its a great help to talk to people whom have gone through it or yet to have something done.

I pray all goes well for you. Good look with the Surgery.

Hugs and best wishes

Live For Today  and be Happy    :) 
Emmar4553
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Thank you very much for your kind words.They mean a lot to me. 

With kind regards. 

Emmar4553
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Thank you so much for replying. I sincerely hope all goes well with your lumpectomy and you make an emotional and physical speedy recovery.

Emmar4553
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I'll be thinking of you. Yes, the operation is drastic but we have our life ahead to live which we must. I have been on 0.3mg HRT, Oestrogen only which has certainly helped me over the years. All the very best. 

sunshine-19
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Hi Emmar4553

I am not getting a lumpectomy I'm having a mastectomy , two lymph nodes removed and then a reconstruction.

My problem is i don't know which one to have done and not sure what ones they won't do because  I'm a diabetic?

Thanks  and Good luck xx

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Cobwoman
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Yes the more people u hear that have gone thru it and are healthy I find is reassuring . I am very spiritual so I believe my family friends are out there and got me covered esp my nan she's always bn there when I have had readings . Telling me she's there

I hope and pray for ur health too ...keep positive it is a good start .

Love and light 

sunshine-19
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Hi Cobwoman 

Thank you for your lovely message .

Yes it's good to be reassurred how people have fought their battles and came through other side healthy.  I always like to hear of people doing well in life.

I have faith  i believe my dad and mum are my angels watching over me. Prayers are a great thing i feel they are responsible for miracles.

I was wondering my lumpectomy had been changed to a mastectomty. I was reading last night and it is because my DCIS is a larger area than biopsies  and because its High Grade which grows faster  and more chance of turning invasive.

I'm going to see my surgeon this afternoon regarding op and type of reconstruction that is available to me as i am a diabetic. Thankfully im of a small build and don't smoke.

Will let you know how i get on.

Wishing you Good health and happiness

X

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Cobwoman
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Sunshine-19

Aww bless u a mastectomy well better to be safe than sorry and I have seen some really good reconstructions I wish u well with that I'm sure u will be pleased with it .

I am day 3 post op and feel really good and have done knowing my "b*stard is out ...funnily enough I have noticed the hair on my head has gone back to a good condition then before it went like strawhow weird is that lol .

I am still very positive altho I have been told by my surgeon in need chemo as mine is positive and he's concerned  I will be seeing him about the pathology result on 3/5 till then I will keep up beat and I feel well if a little weak .

Love and light to u and everyone going thru all this horrible time .  Keep strong ,

Cobwoman 

sunshine-19
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Hi Cobwoman

You take care of  yourself as your only 3 days post op.  Please don't over do it  as you don't want any setbacks. I'm glad your very positive i hope you results are better than expected. You keep strong i will keep you in my prays.

We are all alot stronger than we think .  Its a massive shock for us all but, i think when we get to grips with it we cope alot better.  Although come close to the 9th May my op day i will be panicing . Although i too want rid of this horrible diease.

Sending you Gentle Hugs. We all will make it through with the help of one another.

Thank you for your lovely message mych appreciated

A   XX

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Cobwoman
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Hi again thanks for ur kind words Sunshine-19 I am resting most of the time ...I live alone and so cleaning doesn't need to be done only as and when but I have quite a few animals round me that relyn me ...I have friends watching out for my horse ...o God how I miss him and his field mates .I have one married son who went home day one and left me to it . I have had to be strong in the past so it's also in my DNA by now ...I am fine coping and I can honestly tell u that u will be in good hands with ur surgery too it's such a relief and altho u will be a lil sore u will feel good after. We are stronger than we think....it was miles easier than childbirth lol ..keep ur chin up it is scary but not as much as ur fearing 

Love and gentle hugs{{{{. }}} 

Cobwoman