In , I had a skin-sparing double mastectomy that not only removed two invasive breast cancer tumors but also removed both my nipples. I had to wait 8 months to heal before trying have a surgical procedure to reconstruct nipples and then wait another 4 months after that surgery for areola tattoos. No nipples for a year! Such a LONG process after my double mastectomy and losing a part of me that actually made me feel like a whole women! It healed so well it flattened out or some would say collapsed and left me with no projection whatsoever. This happens because the skin is so thin after a double mastectomy. I still had the plastic surgeon tattoo areolas which made me feel a little bit better but I was still completely devastated.
I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in at age My son was 4, and my husband and I had started thinking about having another baby. We tried and tried, but I didn't conceive. I went to see my doctor, who ended up prescribing me hormones after running several checks and tests. I asked another doctor why I had to do all those tests, and she said sometimes doctors don't want to give hormones to women who might have any small tumors growing in their bodies so the tumors don't become monsters. I remember she specifically said monster—something about it made me remember, somewhere in my subconscious, that I had a small bump in my breast. My doctor had checked it nine months earlier and said it was nothing, but this new doctor wanted me to have it checked again as soon as possible. That was a Sunday morning, and by the next Sunday morning I was having a mammogram and a biopsy. The woman who did the biopsy told me it didn't look good, but I remember thinking it was either a bad dream or they had made a mistake.
Kolath-Arbel, 37, was diagnosed with breast cancer in A year later she underwent a mastectomy and breast reconstruction. While fighting the disease, Kolath-Arbel says she remained relatively calm, keeping a tight schedule of treatments while holding down a full-time job as production director for an advertising firm. But finding out that her nipple would be removed during breast reconstruction, she broke down.
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