Any new members out there? Getting ready to have the surgery?

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Registered: 07-27-2007
Any new members out there? Getting ready to have the surgery?
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Mon, 01-31-2011 - 11:22am

Hi everyone!!

Not much has been going on the boards lately, partly my fault for not being able to check in so much.

Just wondering if we have any new ladies/members to the "club" who have recently had BR surgery or are just here checking in about it? Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. There are so many wonderful ladies here that can help out. I had my surgery 3 1/2 years ago, and still marvel at how it changed my life for the better and how great it is to have smaller, easier to manage breasts - yahoo!!

Even if you just want to chat about everyday life, etc., lets' see if we can get some chatter going on the boards!!

Here's hoping spring comes soon - oh my the weather in the northeast here, sure has been crazy and cold and wet!!!

Nancy :)

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Registered: 02-06-2011
Hi. I'm new on the board. Gonna have my BR on March 28. Wish it wasn't so far out. It's giving me too much time to think about it. But, on the other hand, it is giving plenty of time to prepare. I have been eating better, taking vitamins, working out, etc. I do have a question about what type of bra to get for after surgery. Should I invest in a more expensive "surgical" bra? Or just a cheap sports bra? I am a 38DDD right now. I can't wait to do jumping jacks, jog, play basketball, etc without my boobs getting in the way. Not to mention get rid of my chronic back, neck and shoulder pain.
My family is slowly getting on board with me. They re just worried about me getting an infection. My youngest son is 3 now but when he was born I got a MRSA infection in my left breast. It was awful. I started running a fever 48hrs. After coming home from the hospital. I could not get any milk to pump out of my left breast so the nurse told me it was a clogged milk duct. My temp got up to 103*. They put me on an antibiotic but after about 5 days I was in so much pain and my breast was rock hard, red, hot to the touch,, and had red streaks. I Finally went in to the ER and within an hour I was in surgery. The dr. Told my husband it was so bad I might loose my breast. But, after 4 surgeries and ten days in the hospital I was able to come home. All was well for about 9 months then I had a mammogram for a checkup. I don't know if the squeeze flared it back up but I had a small tract come back up which was MRSA again. I had another surgery and my new dr. Said it the same infection that was encapsulated from before and the mammogram kick started it. They saw the tract on the mammogram but we were just gonna watch it to see what I would do. My last surgery was in 2008 and I have had two mammograms since then with no signs of anything left or out of the ordinary. However after five surgeries my left boob looks like freedie Kruger got a hold of me. Lol. My PS said she could remove some scar tissue but she would have to get creative with my left one. I am fine with it, it can't be any worse than they are now. Lol. I have wanted a BR for such a long time. I have had four boys but I have always been large chested. I was a D in high school and they have always caused me chronic pain. My mom and husband are on board with my decision to go through with the BR. I will be put on MRSA antibiotics before and after surgery and I am having it at an outpatient clinic. I feel great about the decision I have made to do it and my insurance is on board as well. I can't wait to be pain free and have the freedom to do things that I love. I love yoga, zumba, and I would love to be able to take up jogging without having to wear a "straightjacket". Lol. I love this forum. I have read almost all of the discussions and it has been a blessing to read all of the positive outcomes. I can't wait.
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Wow Shanbull, I'm so sorry for all you've been through!

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Registered: 07-27-2007
Hi!
Wow, you sure have been through alot with your breasts; lets hope the BR is the last surgery you have to face. I know it will definitly be the most wanted and loved!!! I was a 40DDD when I had surgery and craved to do the same things you do...exercise and all that goes with it, without having to wear 2 bras and still get black eyes.
I had my surgery in an outpatient clinic and it would have been nice to stay overnight, but I know it was the cheaper way to go. My insurance did cover it all though. I had wonderful support from my husband and friends and family. I think if your hubby is on board with it, that is the most important. The healing is a little slow, as you will feel so good and want to do things, but you have to take it easy for the first few weeks. But before you know it, you will be doing so much. Since my surgery, I wear a nice sports bra, only 1, and I take regular aerobic classes, have run in 3 5k's, have taken Zumba (so fun!) and well just love the freedom to move, bend, etc., without those beasts getting in my way. I am a 38C, loving my girls and am so glad every day I made this decision.
My scars are there, but are almost a victory sign for me. Unless you look underneath or on the sides a bit, you really don't even notice them at first. And with what you have been through, I doubt you will care. I wish you the best of luck with the surgery and keep in touch the next weeks as you get closer. Let us help you with any questions/concerns you have.
Your PS will probably tell you what kind of bra they would like you to wear after surgery. I had to get a 42C Playtex 18 hour for after. It was so ugly, but he said I would need the bigger number for the bandages and swelling and he was right. But oh I was so glad to get rid of that and start wearing pretty bras...
Nancy :)
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Registered: 07-27-2007
OH boy, sorry to hear about your surgery. Geeze, I hope you are feeling ok. It really stinks when you have a goal and it gets further out of your reach. But it is still there and get through this and hopefully before you know it, you will be posting about that!! I will keep positive vibes going your way for a speedy recovery so you get into the pain management part of your journey. It stinks that you have to do that to prove that you need the surgery, but the darn insurance companies have the power, huh? Probably all men...
I have been great, thanks for asking. Just trying to get through this ugly winter. Although today in the Northeast PA, it is quite beautiful out!! I love to walk and the snow and ice have been keeping me down, but my walking friend and I just said the heck with it last weekend and went. Of course when the cars pass we are jumping in the snow banks, but hey we got our walk in!!!
Easy heeling - stay in touch!
Nancy :)