Breast Cancer Surprises
Wendy Hartley: There have been a few surprises on this breast cancer journey. There have been a few surprises on this breast cancer journey. Number 1, dense breast tissue shows up white on mammogram and so does cancer, so I thought I was doing my annual mammograms for preventative screening but my cancer would have never shown up on mammogram. And there's numbness after surgery. When you have lymph nodes removed and expanders put in, I still don't have feeling completely underneath the right side of my arm and in my armpit, so shaving has to be very precise and I have to be very careful what I am doing because I cannot feel where I am. This tamoxifen, I call it my Tamoxy sexy because I am not going to let it get the best to me and my med onc thought that was brilliant and I am also working with my medical oncologist and he was in the total favor of me working with cancer naturopathic doctor to help supplements to build in my immune system and it actually is helping with side effects of my tamoxifen, so I am really grateful about that. The vulnerability that cancer gives to you whether you are in the middle of the journey or on the other side of the journey was what I was going through, I was grocery shopping a few weeks after surgery, and I did not have my support group with me and I didn't know how to respond or react to people.
I didn't know what facial expressions around my face of what I was going through internally, I just kind of felt alienated in a weird sense of the word, so that was the surprise to me and a surprise to me was I didn't know that through this reconstruction process that the my chest could look so good. I saw lot of photos that just let me know that you would get through this and you be symmetrical, but maybe they don't take the shape that you want them to take or it's too uncomfortable and I am so pleasantly surprised of the hands of my surgeons and the techniques that they used to really make this process not only enjoyable of growing boobs, getting fills a week after week, but also of what of end result is going to look like. It looks more of an augmentation than it does a reconstruction.
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