Tata to the Tatas tips

Happy Saturday! Hope you all are enjoying your weekend. I know I am! I’ve had a great week. Felt amazing! And ready for the second round of chemo next Wednesday.

I’ve been asked by a lot of you that are in the process of having a mastectomy what tips I have. So I thought I would write a blog about it for anyone that is wondering.

A little about my surgery. I was lucky enough to have my tissue expanders placed above the muscles. This made for an extremely quick recovery. I was really never in any kind of pain. Discomfort? Yes. But no real pain. Not everyone is a candidate for this type of surgery but it is definitely worth asking your plastic surgeon about!

Ok so here it goes!

1) The number one thing that helped me while sleeping were these two pillows from Amazon. Micro bead pillow I still use this pillow every night. But it’s super good for recovery. I slept on a wedge in bed and would prop my arms on these pillows.

2) Speaking of the wedge. I definitely recommend getting one. Wedge Bed Pillow

3) Drains are going to suck. No way around that. It was the worst part of the surgery recovery. Not because they hurt but because they were always in your way. Because of that I got a waist apron to hold my drains. This made it easier to move around. And I wasn’t worried about one dropping on the floor because holy ouch that would NOT feel good. Here is an example of one. 3 pocket waist apron

4) Another bummer about drains is you can’t shower in them. And let’s face it you already feel crappy you don’t want to smell crappy! Soooo I found these super convenient when I just wanted to freshen up a little. Wet Wipes

5) The thing I didn’t do that I wish I would have done is schedule some hair shampoo appointments for the recovery weeks. Because you can’t wash your hair since you can’t shower. And I love me some dry shampoo, but I had my drains for 2 1/2 weeks so even dry shampoo couldn’t save me! So definitely schedule some appointments for hair wash. It will make you feel SO much better.

6) But also get dry shampoo. Because duh.

7) Do your arm exercises that your therapist tells you to do. I repeat DO YOUR EXERCISES!!! Want to know why? Because I didn’t because I didn’t feel like it. Which then led me to going to the therapist this last week because I had what is called axillary web syndrome. Which was basically cord looking things under my arm that limited my movement. My therapist had to stretch mine out until they popped. It was not a fun day. So definitely do your exercises.

8) Stock up on some button down pjs and shirts.

9) This tip is for AFTER your stitches are out and you are healing. So do not use this until your doctor approves. For fading your scars try Mederma. You apply it once a day. I’ve noticed a difference already in my scars fading. And I’ve only been using it for a couple weeks!

10) REST. Listen to your body. Don’t overdue it.

I hope this helps! And please never hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.

Xoxo!

Laura

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I was diagnosed with Stage IIIA Grade 2, HR/PR positive HER2 negative breast cancer at age 31. I am now NED!

11 thoughts on “Tata to the Tatas tips”

  1. You are an amazing young lady! I took care of my mother after her surgery years ago, and I know what you are going through is not easy. I love the tips you give here – such good information. May God bless you and keep you strong. You are an inspiration. I hope your story gets out to all cancer patients and care givers! You are a beautiful person inside and out! XO

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  2. When my wife had her double mastectomy, I bought her several light jackets that had pockets on the inside of it. That way her drain cups could be placed inside them and they’re out of the way.

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  3. Great advise!!!!!! I will definitely keep this in mind for myself if necessary OR for others. You’re so wonderful Laura sweetie! Thank you so much! Healthy vibes, love, prayers & hugs sent xxoo

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  4. You are doing amazing!! I am following your journey as a listener of the BBS and also as someone whose mom is almost done with radiation for her breast cancer. Praying you continue to feel good!! (My mom did, she had tired times but she felt pretty great overall the whole time she was on the red devil!

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  5. I think we are living parallel lives. I was just told I have to go to PT for cording today. It hurts so bad to raid my arm, which doesn’t go very far. I have to get my port Friday, and my surgeon said she would try to pop it while I was under. I hope it works. Chemo starts May 14…AC and Taxol. You positive attitude inspires me to keep going each day. Thank you for sharing your story.

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