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The Summer I Had "Barbie's" Breasts
(extra-ordinarily large and with NO nipples)My Breast Cancer ExperiencesPigmentation Breast Tatooing Reconstruction": Through Cancer 

The breast reconstruction process is as unique as each person that survives breast cancer. So I preface my comments by saying that my choice and process is my individual choice which does not mean it is right or wrong for anyone else. It was right for me. I hope that this information helps those making decisions and/or their loved ones.

I found the Her2 positive (negative for estrogen or progesterone) breast cancer through a self-breast exam at the age of 43. The first mammogram did not show any abnormalities. My family practitioner continued to push for another mammogram. This mammogram showed a tumor that was very close to the chest wall. It was in the 1st Quadrant of the breast on the left side. (Most breast cancers occur in the right breast and the 4th Quadrant, near underarm.)
I started with chemo and then chose to have a double mastectomy. The reconstruction process was about a 4 month process. The process started with the placement of "expanders". These basically look like implants without any solution inside. They have a port in them where saline is injected every week or every 2 weeks by the plastic surgeon.

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