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Mastectomy and reconstruction surgery?

11 Oct 2018 05:47


I am currently in the process of recovering from a mastectomy and reconstruction surgery  after having had breast cancer for a Second time, I knew it was going to be a major op and that it was going to take longer To recover but finding it really hard going currently.

Mastectomy and reconstruction surgery?

11 Oct 2018 12:21 in response to Cydonia

Hi there ..

No wonder your finding it hard going .. I bet that's an understatement. . Once we do the first cancer , we just want an end to it , but through is it always sits on our shoulder .. 

Maybe councilling with McMillan or the like .. we all need to vent or just chat with others that KNOW how we feel ..there's lots of us on here .. if you go on the @good and bad thread you'll see a few of our journeys on there .. everyone is welcome to join in.. they hold each other up .. chat about lots, not just cancer ..and the most amazing bunch I've met anywhere .. it was started by @Sandra123 ...

Hopefully she'll pick your thread up and pop by ... your deff not alone here .. Chrissie x


Mastectomy and reconstruction surgery?

11 Oct 2018 14:23 in response to Cydonia


Hi Cydonia,

How long ago is it since you had your mastectomy and what type of reconstruction did you have? It may be these factors that account for the hard time you are having at the moment. I have also had 2 bouts of cancer and know just how devastating that can be. I had a lumpectomy 8 years ago followed by a double mastectomy 7 years ago.

I didn't have any reconstruction due to several previous surgeries and recovered quite quickly. In fact, I coped better with my mastectomies than I did with my lumpectomy.

You should soon begin to feel more comfortable. Please stay in touch and let us know how you get on. We are always here for you.

Kind regards,

Jolamine xx

Mastectomy and reconstruction surgery?

11 Oct 2018 19:59 in response to Chriss
Thanks for replying Chriss. It’s good to know that someone else understand what your feeling and going through. Most of my friends have no idea what having breast cancer and the treatments and the side effects are, I guess they’ve chosen to not see that side of cancer. I shall have a look for that thread. But hope we can stay in touch!

Mastectomy and reconstruction surgery?

11 Oct 2018 20:02 in response to Cydonia


I had mastectomy and reconstruction in June and I’m still recovering. As they also removed lymph nodes in my armpit I continue to have numbness in my left arm, pain and restricted movement. I will now be referred for physio. What are you most struggling with? Remember it’s a big surgery and recovery time is long. I still find myself tired, but I have just completed radiotherapy as well so might be side effect of that. Look after yourself, rest and hope you will recover well. All the best x

Mastectomy and reconstruction surgery?

11 Oct 2018 20:16 in response to Matilda73

Hi Matilda

Thanks for responding to my post.  I had my mastectomy and reconstruction about 5 weeks ago, I have had the TUG reconstruction, and whilst I know it’s very early days in my recovery and I’m pleased with how the first stage of the reconstruction has gone, I’m struggling with where my graft has been taken from.

I have seen a physiotherapist but she admitted that she hadn’t ever had a patient who had the surgery I’ve had and has referred me on to another physiotherapist and told me there maybe a further delay.