Diagnosed a couple months ago with IDC, multifocal,
IDC with lobular features (mixed?), two masses in the left breast, 1 CM and .7 CM, right breast atypical ductal hyperplasia.
Going to have my surgery 16 October, bilateral partial mastectomies (lumpectomies), and reduction and breast lift all at the same time.
Been reading up on everything, trying to manage my anxiety.
Long wait time here in NoVa for surgery…will be just shy of 90 days after biopsy proven cancer.
Anyway, figured I would post and maybe share my journey as so many other brave people have here on these boards.
Hoping they will get all the cancer out, with clean margins, and hoping the oncotype genetic test won’t say I need chemo because I’m sure radiotherapy and endocrine therapy will be hard enough to endure. Although, of course, if they say I need chemo, I will go through it.
I know all of it will be hard and miserable, and I need to just get through it one step at a time.
First step is getting through the surgery.
My docs say they will use some super lidocaine stuff that will have me numb for about four days, and that my pain after that should be manageable with OTC pain relievers. I hope that will all be true.
Planning on sleeping in my recliner because I’m a stomach sleeper, for at least three or four weeks, with my mastectomy pillow strapped on to help protect the vulnerable areas.
I’ll have drains, so I bought a belt to hold the drains and also a mesh bag to use to hold the drains when I shower.
As far as I know, I guess I’m about as prepared as possible for the surgery.
After the surgery, I guess I will deal with whatever the next step is.
I’m glad for these boards and all of you because I feel less scared when I read all your posts. Thank you.