So I am coming to the end finally of my chemo treatment! Just had my second to last one yesterday. It feels like an eternity!
Now, of course, my thoughts are turning to reconstructive options and whether I should get a preventative mastectomy to the other side.
I have a strong family history of breast cancer on my mother's side - my mother, my grandmother, and 3 great aunts. However, surprisingly, I do no carry the BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene. I have had DCIS and Invasive Ductal Carcinoma which led to a mastectomy of the right breast (at age 25, last year), and now I don't know what to do about the other side?!! I have had childhood leukemia as well (although I did not have any radiation, just chemo as a 2 yr old). This would suggest that I do have some sort of predisposition for cancer. The thought of ever having to go through this again is just unfathomable, so I would say the fear is leading me to be inclined to get a prophylactic mastectomy to the other side.
So I'm writing this blog to get some of your thoughts on both preventative mastectomies and types of reconstruction. Is any one really happy with their decisions or any regrets? Any advice for me would be greatly appreciated. As I am 25 and never had children, i don't have a lot of extra fat, so most likely I will get silicone implant reconstruction.
Also, If anyone has any great websites to refer me to that would be great. I've been looking for photos of reconstructions online but they seem to be difficult to find.