2007 Breast Cancer 3 Day

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

They're both coming off!

After speaking with the plastic surgeon, we have decided to go ahead and perform a double mastectomy. This is what I wanted from the very beginning, but all the other doctors have been reluctant to discuss it. I think part of it may be that the doctors have been men. The plastic surgeon I'm seeing is a woman. I think it makes a big difference. She knows what breasts mean to a woman, but she also can understand the worry that comes with keeping one breast and removing the other. Will the cancer come back in the remaining breast??? I don't think the male doctors can fully comprehend the worry of wearing around a breast that may cause you problems later. They see removing both breasts as "aggressive". Yes, it is aggressive, but I think the right choice.

We still don't have a surgery date set. The original date was cancelled due to a schedule conflict between the surgeon and plastic surgeon. I will post the new date as soon and we know more.

I am feeling good this week. My chemo is on hold until after surgery so I am looking forward to the reprieve of harsh chemicals for a little while. Surgery should be in the next week or so, but I will enjoy feeling normal as long as possible. I still have to go in for lab work and my iron infusion, but that is all I will be doing until surgery.

Update: We now have a surgery date, Tuesday the 21st.


  1. Dear Fran,

    I am glad you have found a doctor that understands your wishes. I'm still praying for you.

    Susan (FIAR)

  2. Fran - I will be praying hard for you over the next week. I am so glad that you ARE aggressively treating your cancer. My neighbor did the same as you and has never regretted it.

    In Christian Love,
    Kim in NJ (FIAR)

  3. The Lord is your strength and your hope Fran. I will mark my calendar to pray specifically for you on the 21st.
    God Bless

  4. You are in our thoughts and prayers. While we can't be their in body, we're with you in spirit and know that the Lord will continue to provide strength and guide the hands of your doctors. We will be lifting you prayer in these next days, especially Tuesday.

    Love, hugs and kisses,
    Theresa, Dana & Max