Sandra's Outcome

I wasn't assertive

I fear lymphedema

I mourned early menopause

Better and better

I was lucky

Better and better

After I had my surgery I thought that I would just have a thin white line. I would have this one scar on my breast and it would still look normal. And I remember after the swelling went down and I stood in front of the mirror and I looked and I thought, I've been mutilated. I have been mutilated. They've ruined my breast. And I remember going to my surgeon and I said something to him but he said "Sandy, you know, you still have your breast." Another one of those sit on it for three days and think about it and I did and thereafter everytime I stood in front of the mirror and I would stand in front of the mirror. Now, I stand in front of the mirror and say every day in every way it is getting better and better. After about a couple of weeks I thought, you know, it is. I'm getting better. I've learned to live with it. I look at it now and I think, yeah, it doesn't look so bad. I got a dimple there but it still looks pretty good.

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