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Diane is having surgery to take out some scar tissue that the surgeon thinks has formed on the bottom corner of one of the pockets of the internal “bra” that holds the implants in place.  The surgeon used irradiated muscle stratus to form them, the patient’s body grows tissue within and around the foreign muscle that eventually becomes part of the body.

A ribbon of scar tissue has formed and is causing irritation and pain on her ribs.  During the day her undergarments put pressure there and at night she has trouble sleeping on that side.  Massaging the area on the other side helped to keep scar tissue from forming but on this side it did not help as much.

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Analogies, some people love them and some cringe when having to listen to another one.  Last night I was doing a little blogging, a little reading, a little more research, and making more preparations for mobile blogging.  My version of multi-tasking, a little bit of this, a little bit of that, but not at the same time.  The one constant was that little bit of doubt in the back of my mind and the fear of complications from the upcoming surgery that will be there until Diane is physically recovered from this ordeal.

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The surgeon wants Diane to keep taking the Tamoxifen as long as she can handle the side effects.  There are meds that the surgeon could prescribe to help Diane deal with the side effects if she would be taking them long-term, but with the surgery coming up the surgeon told Diane she could quit the Tamoxifen if the side effects started to be a major problem again.

Diane has been back on the Tamoxifen for ten days and was doing pretty good until the past few of days.  Sunday she was tired and a little bit down, it was a rough day.  She has been telling more of the people she works with, and more people at church about what is happening.  I am sure that has also contributed to her current state, along with the Tamoxifen.

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Diane is giving the Tamoxifen another try after a one week break.  The side effects had subsided and it was comforting to see her return to normal.  The side effects that caused the most trouble were the lack of energy and the difficulty concentrating on the task at hand.  The type of work Diane does requires attention to detail at a high level and that is difficult to do with a lack of concentration and energy.  The other side effects were more of a nuisance and caused a certain level of discomfort.

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When the subject is extremely personal and extracts emotions that have been dealt with over a period of time.  Writing this blog is going to be harder than I thought, but since we have people near and far that are concerned and interested in the outcome, I will persevere.  OK then… back to the details on the included pages.

I showed the blog that I had setup to Diane.  I did not know what her reaction would be, she has always been very guarded about giving out details to others.  She was pleased, she said she had visited another blog dealing with a person at church and she thought it was a good idea.  I think that is why she was OK with it, I’m just happy that she is, I was going to write it anyway.  We would just have kept it private until she was OK with sharing the content with others.

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Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness

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