marialsnd

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Summer Challenges for Mastectomy Patients and Breast Cancer Survivors
June 02, 2016
I had a double mastectomy 2 1/2 years ago and I have worn my prosthetics less than a dozen times since I got them. Since swimming is my preferred form of exercise and is really the only form my mother (who is my exercise buddy) can tolerate, I decided that if someone was uncomfortable with looking at my empty chest in a swimming suit, that was their problem. I'm comfortable with no implants or prosthetics. I simply look for a high neck suit so it isn't quite as obvious and my scars aren't exposed. I haven't found any of the post mastectomy suits made for people like me who have decided not to wear prosthetics so I don't spend the extra ...

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Chemo Brain: A Breast Cancer Survivor's Commentary
December 11, 2015
This is so true!! I was diagnosed with breast cancer while I was in nursing school. There was a huge difference in my ability to retrieve the information I was learning. I don't necessarily feel that I can't learn anything, but I can't retrieve the information. Words and facts and figures seem like they get to the tip of my tongue and no further. I notice that my ability to focus is less and I need to write down things a lot more than I used to. Since I am only 43, I can't mark these changes down to age. I am 1 1/2 years out from my last chemo treatment. Knowing what I know now, would ...

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