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9/12/2014My wife survived breast cancer and has been cancer free for 5 years now. I continue to look for support for me. I did what husbands should do when she had cancer. What am I supposed to do about how it left me? The surgeons saved her life by saving her life. Now, how do I get my love life back? It's gone. The plastic surgeon was a total dumb ass and nothing is appealing to me. If you have ever watched the TV show "botched," you might have a small insight to what I'm talking about. The breast is malformed, has no sensation from the ribs up and no nipple. What the hell? Every time I see it, I get pissed about the whole situation all over again. This has to be killing my wife more than me and would feel better killing someone than doing this.
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9/12/2014There is a book called Breast Cancer Husband that might be helpful for you. Consider couples therapy. you love your wife not because of what she physically looks like but because of who she is inside, right? that's what needs to be the focus. if her reconstruction went poorly, and she agrees, go together to another plastic surgeon to get it fixed.

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