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Posted by Deb on September 04, 2000 at 09:38:20:

I am a 3-yr survivor of breast cancer. I had a mastectomy of my left breast on 3/11/97 and had a tram flap procedure at the same time. At first, I was delighted with the result -- it was comforting to wake up from the surgery and have "something" there. But as time passed, the effects were not what had been promised. My "breast" started to slide down my chest. I had to have an additional surgery to tie the "breast" to my rib cage to keep it from sliding, which ultimately was unsuccessful. I have had 2 procedures to give me a nipple -- I do not have a nipple. Then, I developed a large hard lump at the top of the "breast" area, which I had to have removed and then to fill in the large dent left by the removal of this lump I had a surgery where they cut my back muscle in half, wrapped it around my chest, and tied it down to something. It is uncomfortable. When I move my arm, the muscle in front naturally flexes, which is unsightly given where it is. It can be seen when wearing a tank top or other shirt that has an oval neckline.

I would like to hear from other women who have had these problems. I was not warned about any of these bad results prior to my surgery. I was continually told what a great procedure this was and how wonderful I was going to look. Now, I am being treated like an ungrateful child. To look at me naked, I must look like the bride of frankenstein! Not a positive situation for a middle-aged, single woman.

Let me hear from those of you in the same situation.

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