I've been through everything you're experiencing. The difference is that I was 41 years old when I had my surgery. I nearly chickened out right before my prophylactic mastectomies. But I called my girlfriend who had breast cancer and she said, "You are going to do this. You do not want to be me!" I also have 2 young kids and I want to be here for them. It was expensive, but we hired someone to help out for 3 weeks so I could focus on recovering. It was a huge relief for me. Ultimately, I don't regret my decision for a minute. I feel as if I have dodged my bullet. My breasts look better now than they did before -- a nice perk. I occasionally miss the feeling of sensation in my breasts but that was a small price to pay. Good luck in making the right choices for you!
Thank you so much for your reply! I have tears in my eyes because I need reinforcement and encouragement to find the stregnth to make this decision. I have a wonderful girlfriend who I know will be there for me, but like you said it is the fear that is within. I have two children as well, and I want to see them live a long, healthy life with their mother! Did you have nipple sparing ? Again, thanks for your reply! I want to live with no regrets as well!Kim
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