Mastectomy Encouragement

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Denise Decker Skipper writes, “I had a bilateral mastectomy exactly two weeks ago.

I had a reoccurrence of cancer in the same spot 17 years after my first cancer.
I am really struggling with depression and my body image.
I would love to hear from other women who are past this initial stage.
Any pointers or encouragement would be greatly appreciated!”
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10 thoughts on “Mastectomy Encouragement”

  1. I wish u all the best i have fitted ladies with prosthesis for many yrs many of the ladies wished they had had a double mastectomy especially if they were big busted as they always felt lopsided with a double mastectomy u can choose whatever bust size u want to be with a prosthesis and u only need to wear them when it suits u
    Once again all the best there is always something postive from a negitive situation xxx

  2. Just had a surgery reconstructing my reconstruction from 4 years back. I wanted to be strong and so many around me wanted me to get right back into it that I overdid and ruined my first Implants. I also had tamoxifen and eventually tried all that family of drugs, they made me crazy, depressed, suicidal.
    Unlike all the lucky posters here, it was a process for me. I quit the drugs, got cancer again, metastatic, more surgery, and then i found a new doctor who has been able to help me gain some time and sanity. Everyone’s road is not as peppy and warrior goddess-y as most of these ladies sound. I know they mean well and that is their experience and their truth. This is my truth.
    My real help came from Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. I hope you continue looking for the right options although you are still very much in the healing mode, it can take a bit of time. I wish you well.

  3. I had a bilateral mastectomy in 2002 without reconstruction….never looked back, never doubted my body appearance …. want you to know you are more than a couple of breasts, know you’re loved and prayed for …..

  4. Even those my cancer was diagnosed on the right side only I elected to have a bilateral mastectomy last year. Thank heavens I did as it turns out I had cancer on both sides. I have no issue with being “flat”, have zero desire to have reconstructive surgery and feel confident in my new body.

  5. I had a bilateral mastectomy 2yrs ago. Like you I had breast CA 18 yrs ago and got another lump 2yrs ago so decided then to have the bilateral mastectomy. I didn’t bother with reconstruction and I can honestly say that I never think about it, I’m back at work getting on with my life. Only time being flat chested bugs me is if I see particularly nice tops that I know I just couldn’t wear but apart from that it really doesn’t bother me! So give it time and when you’re feeling well you won’t care either.

  6. Honey – I am a survivor too. Don’t let the dam stuff destroy you. It can in body and or spirit. In order for your body to completely beat it , you spirit has to be all in. If you were someone you loved dearly, what would you tell them. Repeat to yourself, as many times as it takes, ” I am alive, I will be fine, I will have great days ahead, I am fREeKIN phenomenal ! DO NOT let it ruin your life anyway, make your sacrifice well worth it !

  7. I had a bilateral mastectomy almost 17 years ago — I didn’t have cancer but I had precancerous tissue on both sides. The surgery & reconstruction was a small price to pay for renewed health & more years with my family. There was some discomfort during recovery, but beautiful reconstruction by a skilled surgeon made the ordeal worthwhile. My husband & daughters were very supportive. I also took Tamoxifen for 5 years as another preventive measure. It will get better, I promise! Give yourself time to heal, physically and emotionally. Wishes for health and peace headed your way!

  8. I have had breast cancer 3 times. I had reconstruction and 2 years ago had one implant taken out completely because of damage from radiation 5 years prior. After 8 surgeries, starting from the age of 38, I was done! No more surgery for me so I only have one implant. At age 62, I am just happy to be alive and no longer care what my body looks like. Who I am is on the inside, not the outside and scars tell a story of what we have been through and how far we have come to defeat what tried to kill us. You are a survivor and a warrior! Congratulate yourself for the strength you have shown! Prayers for you my sister!

  9. My daughter in law had a bilateral mastectomy 4 years ago due to BRC1 gene. She had reconstruction but we would still love her no matter what. Your breasts were trying to kill you and you took care of business! You slay! You’re a warrior!

  10. I haven’t had a mastectomy but my sister in law had a bilateral 8 or 9 years ago. It hasn’t slowed her down. Please remember that those that love you, love you for who you are on the inside not the outside. Best wishes and many prayers.

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