This is my first post - here is a summary of my story. I was first diagnosed with DCIS in my LEFT breast in 2011 and again in 2015 with removal of the affected area both times. The second time there was not enough margin so it was back into surgery again and then officially classed as a partial mastectomy. In mid-June this year I went for my annual mammograms which showed invasive cancer in my RIGHT breast. As it had developed quite a bit my Surgeon said I would need to have a total mastectomy. I had more tests including an MRI which showed that there was more DCIS in my LEFT breast (which was already approximately 30% depleted). After consultations with my surgeon and much thought I decided to have both breasts removed - there didn't seem to be much point in saving what would remain of the left breast as the DCIS would likely recur, not to mention the possibility of invasive cancer developing. I had my surgery on 11th July and also had 2 lymph nodes removed from each side. When the pathology results came back they showed cancer in one lymph node on the right side, so back in on 20th July to have more lymph nodes taken on that side. Thankfully they were clear which I was very happy about but now I have to have some Chemo in case there are any remaining cancer cells anywhere. I am slowly recovering from the surgery and am managing to stay positive but still feeling fairly sore and a bit shell-shocked from it all. I am nervous about the Chemo too, my initial appointment is on Wednesday 2nd August. I would really appreciate any words of encouragement........
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