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7/19/2016 I have written to you previously and gave you these factors: "I was diagnosed with Stage 1A tumor in my right breast. I had a mastectomy and now taking Letrozole daily for approximately 14 months. I want to be normal again. I get so depressed and angry. I am being checked by my GYN physician every 6 months and have diagnostic mammogram annually." While you answered me to move on, I still feel like a circus freak. I no longer enjoy shopping for clothes
(I buy clothes too big so that no one can see) and when I go out, I cannot help noticing other women with a cigarette and drink in hand and perfectly normal breast. I feel dumpy. No one explained the psychological impact of having a mastectomy or having a chest that makes me cry. Frequently, I yell that I want to wake up and this was all a horrible dream. I understand that I should be thankful that my disease was found early but I did everything that everyone told me to medically, culturally, and religious and it did not make a difference. I feel cheated. This disease changes your whole life. You are never the same person again. It was like one day, I went in for a mammogram and the next day, I was someone else. You never feel secure, i.e. the five year period. It is like having a beautiful garden and finding a snake in it. You may get rid of the snake but you are always afraid the snake will come back. Perhaps I am being selfish but I feel like an old woman and I never felt that way before. I just want to be the person that I was.
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7/19/2016So consider the option of doing reconstruction. it should still be an option for you. having your silhouette whole again may be just what the doctor ordered. if you can come here, do. 443-997-9466.

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