I recently had a visit with the specialist GP assigned to me at the hospital where I've been having treatment. I had a mastectomy last June. We started discussing whether or not I'd be interested in a reconstruction of my right breast. She then asked me what my height and weight was then proceeded to calculate my BMI.
I have put on a few kilos since surgery, chemo and now radiation. My fitness level has gone from really good to puffing walking up the stairs.
She said to me that at my current BMI of 30 (shocked at that) that it was most likely the plastic surgeons would consider me ineligible for reconstruction. Something about difficulty healing etc. Although my mastectomy has healed marvellously, in fact the nurses often comment on it. I would have to get back down to BMI of 25, about 58kgs. Yes I am only short but it's been a while since I weighed that. Most of my life I've been trim and a bit of my weight has come from muscle. I'm struggling to get back a basic level of fitness let alone knock off over 10kg.
Has anyone else been told this? By all accounts this would rule out reconstruction for a lot of women! I wish the surgeon had mentioned this before they cut me up so I would have been more careful about putting on weight. Considering the fact I was already over this magic BMI number anyway at the time of surgery. No mention was made of it. And this same doctor told me I would struggle with my weight for at least 12 months because I have to go on Femara after having my ovaries out. So basically sudden menopause plus the drugs will keep me fat or make me fatter. Marvellous.
The more I go along this journey the more I realise how little I am being told until something goes wrong or I ask the question.