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Beatrice: two years after breast cancer and breast reconstruction

Without the physicians who are experts to their fields and dedicated to their patients, I would not be so lucky and confident in my life. My story began on May 25, 2005. My radiologist found calcifications on my left breast mammogram. She suggested I have a needle biopsy on 06/09/05. Three days later she called me at work and asked me “Can you talk?” I knew that means something horrible. My heart started pumping so fast. And then she said “Your left breast has breast cancer — DCIS.” I was shocked and wanted to cry. I asked her what I should do. She told me to go to my primary physician and get a referral for surgery. I was 61 years old at the time. I never smoked in my life. There is no family history of breast cancer. I have had a mammogram every year since I was 40.

My primary care doctor saw me on 06/14/05 and referred me to a breast surgeon who saw me on 06/23/05. I had a lumpectomy on 7/12/05, but the margins were positive. After two weeks, I had a second lumpectomy on 7/25/05. Again, the margins were positive. I wanted to cry and asked her why a –0- stage gives me so much trouble. After discussing with my husband, I decided to have mastectomy and TRAM flap reconstruction, so I would not feel I lost any part of my body.

Beatrice shares her story of breast cancer treatment and breast reconstruction

Beatrice shares her story of breast cancer treatment and breast reconstruction

Breast reconstruction has made my life after breast cancer happier than before. I have a better figure now. My bra was used to be 34A. Now I need a 36B. My fat in my belly area is gone. All my friends praise me that the older I am the better I look. Of course I have to pay the price for this situation. After I woke up from the mastectomy and TRAM operation, I felt so painful. It was so tight between my chest and stomach. I had to bend my body for almost 3 weeks. My husband had to help me drain the fluid from my surgery sites for two weeks. I could not walk or lie straight; I had to sleep on sofa for 2 weeks with sitting position. Pain pills helped me through this awful period. After five months, I had a second surgery on 2/24/06 for left nipple and areola reconstruction and right breast implant for symmetry. Nine months later, the third surgery was performed on 11/21/06. After all of this, I am so satisfied with all of the treatments. I appreciate so much all of my Doctors.