Breast cancer
posted by Lisameam
18 December 2023

Coping without a breast

Last reply: 13 February 2024 05:01

I could not see myself surviving my masectomy operation. Today I am 4 weeks post op. The physiotherapist said I could go back driving today, which I really wanted to do to get my independence back. However I got extremely upset after the short drive. My left breast is gone. The seat belt now does not sit right accentuating the fact I have no breast. I am struggling putting on a bra with the sponge insert, never mind the meltdown I had when the lady called to fit me for a prosthetic breast. 😭 is this normal? I'm really struggling with all this to be very honest.



commented by Jenni53
19 December 2023

19 December 2023 00:16

Hi Lisamearn

Sorry to hear that you were diagnosed with breast cancer and needed a mastectomy. What you are feeling is perfectly normal. You've lost a part of yourself and that is hard to take. Try to take things a day at a time and do whatever you need to do to get through this.

Best wishes

commented by Cancer Nurse
20 December 2023

20 December 2023 11:22

Hi Lisameam,

I am sorry to read that you are really struggling following your mastectomy but I am glad to see that you are reaching out for support.

Lisamean, it takes time to come to terms with the loss of your breast and having a meltdown is ok, it is a release of pent-up emotions.

If you would like to talk this over with one of our nurses, we are available on 1800 200 700 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. We will be working 27th, 28th  29th Dec and  back again on Tue 2nd Jan.

Kind Regards

commented by Hanacon
13 February 2024

13 February 2024 05:01

Hi Lisameam,
I just read your post and wanted to ask how you are doing now? I'm three weeks post mastectomy and understand completely where you are coming from. I hope you are doing well now. Take care.

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