COVID-19 may be everywhere, but my breast cancer treatments do not stop.
This week is number five of my six scheduled Zometa treatments (over three years).
Zoledronic acid, member of a class of medications called bisphosphonates, is used to prevent or treat osteoporosis. Breast cancer patients who are taking aromatase inhibitors (which decrease estrogen levels) are at increased risk of bone loss.
But first I have to test negative for SARS-CoV-2.
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We attended a marvelous party overlooking Seattle. Bummed that the weather nixed the Space Needle fireworks. But we still had a blast!
I wore a small shaped bra with a favorite dress that needs bumps for that V-neck. 😂 No prosthetic, just the filled-with-air cups. Two years ago I would not have dreamed I’d be comfortable enough to ever wear this dress again.
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Most of you have probably never seen a mastectomy scar. And you’re not fully seeing them now, as these are bandaged. I am also wearing a compression sleeve for lymphedema (my left arm).
Although almost half of mastectomies do not involve reconstruction, it turns out that too many of these surgeries do not leave the woman “flat.” It’s highly unlikely that the scars will be “flat” if the patient isn’t savvy enough to use that word pre-op. I didn’t know.
Continue reading “How I spent my Monday afternoon (aka, plastic surgery and mastectomy scars)”
Headed to Star Wars from UW Hospital (TY, Tara Fuller) after having some cosmetic surgery on my mastectomy scars. Also a test to see if we can do additional LVA next year on my lymphedema arm.
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This is a testament to spring microsurgery and daily use of my FlexiTouch pump: the sleeve on top is my new one. It looks smaller in real life. So much so that when I took it out of the package on Monday, I blurted out an adult word! But it fits great!!
Fingers crossed for additional surgery in the spring!
Take that, lymphedema!