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Amy H Fox
Amy H Fox

I had a complete hysterectomy 6 weeks later i had my bilateral mastectomy surgery, followed by reconstructive surgery about 4 months later!
Good luck to her! These are very painful surgeries!

Sandy Ware Lazenby
Sandy Ware Lazenby

I've been there. I did have cancer and did both, one for prevention, and it was more of a loss than you might think. I have no sensation at all in my chest and miss that, but was not willing to face waiting for the other shoe to drop. I have 2 sisters who also had breast cancer and mastectomies. It is a relief not to have that concern. My remaining 2 sisters have to be very vigilant in getting ultrasounds and mammograms. Believe me, it is NOT a way to get bigger and better boobs. They remove...

I've been there. I did have cancer and did both, one for prevention, and it was more of a loss than you might think. I have no sensation at all in my chest and miss that, but was not willing to face waiting for the other shoe to drop. I have 2 sisters who also had breast cancer and mastectomies. It is a relief not to have that concern. My remaining 2 sisters have to be very vigilant in getting ultrasounds and mammograms. Believe me, it is NOT a way to get bigger and better boobs. They remove the nipples and the new breasts are NOT sexual! It's a very difficult and personal decision.

Julie Sampson Nee Little
Julie Sampson Nee Little
  • Sandy Ware Lazenby

You speak of the loss, and lack of sensation, I too have that as well as nerve damage and lymphodema, ( not complaining) I'm still here ( have had cancer 3x since age 12) so am grateful to be here, but I think we sometime tend to gloss over the things that go along with the actual surgeries. Agreed in the end are well worth it to be here. From someone who walks in the same shoes. Keep smiling. Jules

Lori Hood
Lori Hood

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. I have a strong family history on my mothers side. I had 8 months of chemo and a bilateral mestectomy. I had cancer in one breast, but decided to remove both breast. I am alive and 22 months cancer free. :-) I applaud her for preventive surgery. She will never have to deal with chemo or the trauma of having breast cancer. I too, reconstructed both breast. I really think she did the right thing.You go girl :-) We really have to be proactive when it comes to our health.

Damaris Olmo
Damaris Olmo

I have an aggresive form of Breast Cancer TNBC, I was diagnosed in 2007, went through standard treatment chemo in 2008. In 2009 doctors saw improvements and we skipped radiation and did mastectomy reconstruction. For a year I was in remission. They decided to try radiation. Was in remission after for 6 months the cancer kept coming back in my lymph nodes. I have been using chemotherapies too many. There is no cure for my cancer, regardless of all the advanced that they talk about. We turn...

I have an aggresive form of Breast Cancer TNBC, I was diagnosed in 2007, went through standard treatment chemo in 2008. In 2009 doctors saw improvements and we skipped radiation and did mastectomy reconstruction. For a year I was in remission. They decided to try radiation. Was in remission after for 6 months the cancer kept coming back in my lymph nodes. I have been using chemotherapies too many. There is no cure for my cancer, regardless of all the advanced that they talk about. We turn into a lab rat when it comes to this disease. You need to speak with the real women that are going through this agony everyday!! Cancer is REAL.! I have the same cancer that Robin Roberts has no cure just control of the disease and a lot of cash and luck you need to be able to afford the cost of the treatments. I'm here today fighting since 2007 I guess Lucky! WE NEED A CURE, less talking about with the new advances. Where are they?? Where is the cure? The researchs?? More women dying! Enough!!

Kathi Hartwell-Remp
Kathi Hartwell-Remp

I had a preventive mastectomy and it is the best thing I ever did. My mother got breast cancer when I was about 18 months and she died when i was 19. I have lived knowing I was high risk all my life and my cells were changing and it was very stressful. I wanted to be able to raise my kids and for them not to worry about losing me.

Sherry Morgan Fritz
Sherry Morgan Fritz

The research and statistics I am learning from the health education events I attend are only attributing 2 to 3% at most to genetics. The doctors are teaching us about epigenetics where genes can be triggered to turn on or off by diet and lifestyle. I think this is madness to have such severe operations! AND, if we do not address diet and lifestyle, then instead of breast cancer, you will most likely get another disease, heart, or cancer somewhere else in the body. It is like adding more...

The research and statistics I am learning from the health education events I attend are only attributing 2 to 3% at most to genetics. The doctors are teaching us about epigenetics where genes can be triggered to turn on or off by diet and lifestyle. I think this is madness to have such severe operations! AND, if we do not address diet and lifestyle, then instead of breast cancer, you will most likely get another disease, heart, or cancer somewhere else in the body. It is like adding more ambulances, hospitals, drugs at the bottom of a cliff! When a fence at the top might be a better place to look!

Ira Fedder
Ira Fedder
  • Sherry Morgan Fritz

The FDA is failing, and dangerous products are getting into our food and cosmetics. Glycol propylene is common chemical in many deodorants, and it allows chemicals to pass through your skin through your pores. The chemical "fragrance" found in many deodorants has is unregulated and could be made of all kinds of noxious chemicals.

Kathy Nelson
Kathy Nelson
  • Sherry Morgan Fritz

Your right about diet and lifestyle. I have 3 sisters, and had 2 brothers. The oldest drank himself to death. I`m the only one that did not ever smoke, drink, do drugs, took care of myself and for the most part watched what I ate and wasn`t and isn`t overweight, etc. etc.,I can go on. But I`m the one who ended up with breast cancer. What another person thinks bears absolutely no weight in another person`s decision when it is literally a life and death decision. Its not madness when it is...

Your right about diet and lifestyle. I have 3 sisters, and had 2 brothers. The oldest drank himself to death. I`m the only one that did not ever smoke, drink, do drugs, took care of myself and for the most part watched what I ate and wasn`t and isn`t overweight, etc. etc.,I can go on. But I`m the one who ended up with breast cancer. What another person thinks bears absolutely no weight in another person`s decision when it is literally a life and death decision. Its not madness when it is you on the line-hope you never have to see or experience how Mrs. Jolie feels or how I felt.

Darin Peters
Darin Peters

As with other people posting, the answers can't be so straight forward. Surely it can only be answered by the women concerned based on advice and options given by their specialists?

Deanna Clarke
Deanna Clarke
  • Darin Peters

Correct :)

Gina Smith
Gina Smith

I think that having both removed is extreme. I think that should be done only if the chances of it spreading to the other breast is high, and just becasue it runs in the family I think its extreme to have them removed without the diagnosis but everyone is entitled to do what they think is necessary for themselves.

Gina Cote
Gina Cote
  • Gina Smith

The diagnosis would be a positive gene

Carla DeFrance Crosby
Carla DeFrance Crosby
  • Gina Smith

Many women feel lopsided with only one breast. They don't feel balanced

Karen Grosheim
Karen Grosheim

My best friend had a bilateral mastectomy. She was eight years out when she found a lump. She went to the doctor and found she had stgre 4 breast cancer. She died within a year. I would not put myself through it knowing you can still get breast cancer even without breasts. I have had breast cancer and am seven years out. Should I have a reoccurance, I am not sure what I would do besides talk to a lot of experts. Just don't do something you will be sorry for later.

Gina Cote
Gina Cote
  • Karen Grosheim

I have no regrets for having a mastectomy. Only peace of mind

Iris Walls
Iris Walls
  • Karen Grosheim

Me too Gina - good luck!

Lorna Brazelton
Lorna Brazelton

The breast cancer was found in stage one. I did not have my breast removed. Its a decision that is very hard to have to make. I looked at my options and choose what was best for me.

Susan Hoover
Susan Hoover
  • Lorna Brazelton

I have seen it from both side and I would have to weigh both options if it is a decision I have to ever make.

Lorna Brazelton
Lorna Brazelton
  • Lorna Brazelton

I had to make this decisions a few years ago. I choose to have a lumpectomey. This is a very had decision t make. I had my Tura daugnter and my Bis Sister Laura and Baby sister with me every step i made they were with me. I Love them sooooooooo much words can't explan!!!! MOM and DADDY did a good job with us.

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