Surgery – Tina


Tina felt that she wanted both breasts removed; subsequent tests found a different cancer in her left breast as well as the right.


Back before the surgery I talked a lot with my surgeon and I decided at that time, that I was going to have both breasts removed. She said “Well why?” And I said “I just have a sense I want the other one off too because I don’t want to go through all this again.” That was fine, so after the surgery, and after the information came back from the where they sent it away to have it be tested, they found out that I also had breast cancer in the left breast which they didn’t know anything about because it didn’t show up.

But it was a slow growing cancer and it was totally different than the one in the right breast.

It’s your body, it’s your decision when it comes right down to it, that’s, I was very, very strong in that and it was the same with the double mastectomy. “Are you sure you want to do this? Do you want to have the breast removed there’s nothing wrong with the other breast.” And I said “Yes I’ve made that decision and I want them both off.” Now I’m glad I did because nobody knew about the second cancer that was in the other breast.

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