Feeling pressure to have reconstruction

November 6, 2017 - 15:43

I am wondering if there are more women in Ireland that feel that you are expected to have reconstruction after mastectomy? I am in my young 40's and had my single mastectomy in June. I was very clear on that I did not want to do any reconstruction but rather removing the other breast and go completely flat. When I told my wish to my doctor and nurses at the Breast Check they looked at me funny and asked me if I had talked to my husband about this. When I said that it would not really matter since my body is not my husband's to decide over, they said that they still wanted me to take a bit of time to make my decision. I have later realised, through going on-line, that women in other countries are feeling the same pressure as I did to have reconstruction rather than going flat. Is there anyone in this forum that recognise this?
I feel that even the ICS information leaflets are not showing what are the benefits of going flat (=no reconstruction) and how you can work on loving your body without breasts.
Any one recognising these thoughts?

November 9, 2017 - 12:21

Hi there,

I see you unfortunately don't have any responses to your question yet. Please feel free to contact our Cancer Nurseline on 1800 200 700 Mon - Fri 9am to 4pm

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Cancer Nurseline