Nov. 16th, 2009

timrynd: (Chin Held High)
Oh, we say, it can't happen to me...I'm here to tell ya it can. 2% of breast cancer patients are men (my surgeon hasn't seen a statistic on transexuals). Being on HRT increases the chances, especially if the genetic codes are aligned. So, those of you who keep checking in here - and there are a couple...well, maybe one - go, have your annual check ups and have a mammogram, no matter what your age or sex it can happen, but the good news is if caught early enough no chemo or radiation therapy if you opt for surgery.

I'm in the statistics, stage 0 - cellular configuration 2cm x 4cm...yea, that's big!, but in situ (contained within the ductal tissue - no spreading to outlying tissue), so opted for bi-lateral mastectomy to alleviate future worries. Going under the knife Monday next for the first round of reconstruction surgery...getting the implants I just had removed last year put back (no, not the same exact ones, bit bigger as I don't have the supporting tissue any longer), and I've been "promised" that I shall be pretty again, once the nipple is reconstructed and I get a tattoo job out of it all!

Yes, it's been rough. Being a statistic is interesting, but I've been a statistic most of my life. The genes? All I can say is "Thanks, Mum!" I got her nose, her hair...and her breast cancer. Lucky me!

It happens to us! There is no bias regarding who cancer chooses to take down.

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