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10/12/2016How to love your new body? Hi! I was 42 when I was diagnosed with bilateral bc. I had a DMX and chemo. No radiation. I had breasts reconstructed with expanders and then shapped silicone implants as well as nipples reconstruction. They look fine with a bra but I don'tlike them without it. One breast is wider and a bit flatter than the other. The scars across the chest although they are thin they are noticiable. Reconstructed breasts are not as soft as natural ones. Nipples are shrinking. I have almost no feeling there. I have gained 4 kilograms after chemo and with anti-hormonal treatments. My body shape has changed into a pear shape. I have been on Femara for 4 months. I took Tamoxifen before that. How can I like my new self? I don't like seeing myself at the mirrow. The idea of being naked in front of someone freaks me off. I hate my breasts and my overweight pear shapped body. None of my friends has had this isssues. They are still premenopausal and one of them is also pregnant. As a consequence I feel depressed and sad. Many times I wonder if all this has been worthy beacause I'm not happy. I wonder if I should have done nothing and let the disease to take me because living like this wasn't my idea of surviving bc. Thanks.
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10/12/2016sounds like some reconstruction tweeking is needed. consider coming to us. 443-997-9466. we do a lot of re-dos and fixes.

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