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7/4/2017Dear Lillie thankyou for all that you do . I was dx grade one stage one . Seven years ago. i was prescribed Arimidex which i took for 5 years. I had Lassi Dorsi reconstruction, which really was not a success, i suffer with pain and swelling to underarm which gets worse when tired or if i wok extra or lift something heavy. The pain and restrictive life tasks make me very sad sometimes. i have just been working extra night duties to cover sickness etc, i had to sadly say i couldnt work the last night as pain so uncomfortable , i had just worked 4 nights . Thei was met with negitivety and really made me feel so alone , i feel noone really understands how can they ??? . The loneliness and ongoing pain really takes it toll, why they perform this surgery with so many negative outcomes. i am going to make GP appointment perhaps i need something to lift my mood and something to ease the pain. I am a strong person and i find feeling like this i have somewhat failed, i have worked all the way through supporting myself with mortgage etc. I think the hardest part is the emotions after this dx pain where no one can really understand unless been through it . Thank you being there for us all bless you Karen xx Your thoughts please
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7/5/2017You have not failed - the emotions you are experiencing are common, especially if you are having pain. Some women have changes to strength or suffer from other physical limitations after reconstruction. Being evaluated by your health care provider, or a physical therapist or pain specialist, can help assess the pain you are having and make appropriate recommendations. Getting emotional support is also important. Support groups, either online or in person, can help connect you with other survivors. You can also speak with your provider about individual counseling. Taking time for yourself is just as important - which can be hard to do with work demands and financial obligations - but finding the time to spend on activities you enjoy helps to reduce stress.



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