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the day before a bilateral mastectomy

jan61jan61 Member Posts: 48
edited December 2018 in Newly diagnosed
and nerves are kicking in. I have synchronous breast cancer and my mastectomy(s) are tomorrow. I haven't slept much. So today I will do some house keeping, clean the bathroom, vacuum, pack my bag and charge my toothbrush. I am not ready for this.


  • ZoffielZoffiel Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 2,973
    I don't think anyone ever is @jan61 but somehow we get ourselves through the hospital doors. It's awful but, thankfully, you only have to do it once. Good luck tomorrow from one who's been there too. Mxx
  • jan61jan61 Member Posts: 48
    Thanks :)
  • Blossom1961Blossom1961 Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 1,555
    I buried my head in the sand @jan61 and three weeks later I think I have accepted it by poking my head out occasionally. Keeping busy is good and putting your head in your happy place works wonders. xxxx
  • iserbrowniserbrown Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 4,124
    Best wishes for your surgery
    This link has some very useful information, hope it helps

  • FlaneuseFlaneuse BrisbaneMember Posts: 878
    @jan61 Wishing you strength. Hugs.
  • SisterSister Adelaide Hills, SAMember Posts: 4,589
    Just keep in the front of your mind that you're getting rid of the cancer.  Best wishes
  • Riki_BCNARiki_BCNA Administrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 317
    [email protected] wishing you all the very best for your surgery and recovery. Take care of you.
  • primekprimek Broken HillMember Posts: 5,350
    Hi there. Nope...nobody is ready for for it love. I recall sobbing my heart out the morning  of surgery in the shower. then I put my big gurl panties on and my "brave face" and off I went. I cannit tell you the relief I felt having the cancer cut out. So a sad side yes. ..but a bright side also.
    Hope all is smooth sailing for you. Kath x
  • SoldierCrabSoldierCrab Bathurst NSW Member Posts: 3,266

    Below are a couple of links to help you find your way around the forum and also how to find a breast care nurse and how to order a MY journey Kit if you haven't got one yet. 

    It can be a whirlwind when we first get a diagnosed.... Breathe and take it one step at a time. 

    How to post on the main forum – use this link to get to the main forum and begin a new post. https://onlinenetwork.bcna.org.au/post/discussion


    Navigating the online community formerly the what and how thread.


    Breast Care Nurses


    My Journey online tool and other resources. 

    My Journey Online Tool resources


    BCNA Helpline 1800 500 258

    If you have any questions, concerns or require any further information or support please call 1800 500 258. BCNA’s helpline will now be open from 9am-6pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 5pm Fridays.  


    How to understand your pathology reports


  • jan61jan61 Member Posts: 48
    I am now 10 days post. All dressings and drains out. Pathology won't be available until after the 7th I think. I am hoping the surgeon will ring if he hears anything. This is hard. Not the hardest thing I have done but up there. 
  • FlaneuseFlaneuse BrisbaneMember Posts: 878
    @jan61 Yes it's rough waiting for the path results. Wishing you strength. 
  • SoldierCrabSoldierCrab Bathurst NSW Member Posts: 3,266
    hi @jan61 try to focus on healing while you wait for the results I know it is hard. doable but hard. 
    Great that your dressings and drains are gone. 

  • kmakmkmakm MelbourneMember Posts: 7,903
    Well done Jan. It's very hard. I made the decision and have zero regrets, but I shall always mourn their loss. I haven't shed many tears for them, but two nights ago I did. Just missed them all of a sudden and got really sad about it. It's a process this adjustment. Big hug, K xox
  • ZoffielZoffiel Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 2,973
    I miss my natural boobs and have, even after 12 years, not made friends with my demonic 'foobs'. But I love being able to do my shirt up. The pre-lopping puppies were 18 F. That was really inconvenient considering the rest of me is @ size 14 . I can now buy size 16 tops and nothing busts the buttons. I'd turn back the clock if I could, but fashion is much cheaper now. Scant comfort,  but take the wins where you can. Mxx
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