Way to many times I read or heard that a mastectomy doesn't hurt that bad.
So before surgery I was hopeful....
Two weeks out of this I have to wonder who are they trying to fool.
While I know every mastectomy is different and everyone's pain tolerance is different
And I have a very high pain tolerance.
THIS HURTS.....Hurts Bad !!!
I've given birth to three out of my four children without meds.
I've had a 10 hour spinal fusion surgery, where they cut all the way down my back and a 12" incision out of my butt cheek to get bone off my pelvis to fuse to my spine.
Spending 3 months in a body cast afterwards.
I've had hernia and others surgeries ,and healed very quickly.
So I am not new to surgery or living with chronic back pain that needs more surgery.
I had to quit posting on a forum I found for breast cancer because I didn't want to scare the ladies who still had upcoming surgery.
Kinda like your Mother use to say "What you don't know , won't hurt you" kinda thing.
And there's also the one gal who is making a double mastectomy sound like its "easy peasy"
I don't know WHAT type of double mastectomy she had....
But perhaps it didn't involve a 3 cm tumor in your chest wall,
Where your surgeon tried to get it all but didn't.
And now you still have to have more deeper surgery and skin drafts because it's also in your skin.
She wrote how she needed nothing for pain...went shopping..
out to eat and even told about how she was back to walking a mile 3 days after.
It made me feel like a baby....and my thoughts were how about all the other women who've just had surgery and are in terrible pain?
How did that make them feel???
She even said after many posts from others.
"Am the only one who's had a good experience?
Hello?!?!?!?!? HOW in the world can a double or even single mastectomy be
a "good experience" ????
I was just in shock she would post such a thing.
I know how I felt when I read this...and can only imagine how it made others feel.
Maybe she thought she was being uplifting?
I just don't know....
But it hurts....I don't know what I would have done without my Mom
who talked and cried with me the other morning when the pain got away from me overnight as I slept thru when I should have taken a pain pill.
I was sobbing and dry heaving from the pain.
I was not nauseated at all....
It was just the pain. Mom talked to me while I cried and waited for the pain pill to kick in..
I am NOT having a "good experience"
But I am strong...And my faith in God is even stronger
Others who know me know how strong I am.
I can do this~~
I started this blog for my family and friends as I'm going thru surgery and treatments. There may be times I am not able to answer a lot of Emails or PM's thru Facebook.So I felt this would be easier for all.
As many of you know I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer 6-23-2011.And will have a double mastectomy 8-11-2011
If others find it looking for support, Join in...We will support each other