Newly diagnosed - double mastectomy
Hello everyone, I'm new on here and sending hugs as we all need them . Firstly I am not great on computers but have read the helpful notes about posting so here goes. I had a recall from my mammogram and as this had happened before I was not really worried and thought it would be a false alarm. Then when being examined I was told that I needed a core biopsy and again I thought that they would find nothing and it would be ok. It wasn't ok and I went to our local breast clinic where I was told I had DCIS. As this was precancerous I thought this would not be too much of a worry. I was told I would need a lumpectomy and five weeks ago had the operation. Small scar not too bad, hoped that was that. No, I got a call from the surgeon the following Tuesday to say that they had found cancer in the margins and had not taken enough out and so wanted to operate again in 3 days, opening up the same scar but making it larger to get it all out. Well to cut a long story short, the lab result from the second lumpectomy threw up something "unexpected" which means that the only sure way to get rid of the cancer is to do a double mastectomy as the other breast is probably a timebomb too. Still reeling from the shock of it all to be honest and feel like I am in some parallel world where I am in a nightmare but everything else is normal. I am dreading the mastectomy but also know it's the best thing to do. It's all a bit of a whirlwind isn't it and trying to be brave and positive to family. I am going to watch the BCNA Webcast this coming Wednesday (the kids have explained what it is) which I think will be very helpful. Thank you for reading and I'm glad this online meeting place exists.
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