For breast cancer survivors, factors that increase the risk of a recurrence include:
Lymph node involvement. Finding cancer in nearby lymph nodes at the time of your original diagnosis increases your risk of the cancer coming back. Women with many affected lymph nodes have a higher risk.
Larger tumor size. Women with a large tumor face a higher risk. Women who have very large tumors (more than 5 centimeters, or about 2 inches) — especially if lymph nodes are involved — have a very high risk of the cancer recurring in the same area. These women should talk with their doctor about the role of radiation therapy, even if they undergo a mastectomy.
The deal breaker for me? I wasn't willing to risk any possibility of gambling my life for Mopsy's. Too many factors were not in her favor, and I've wanted a breast reduction anyway. You think it's easy carrying these big girls around on this 5'2" frame? Yes, you heard me, 5'2" - that's what my driver's license says!! Not to mention, after two "C-sections" the tummy tuck will be a bonus.
I want you to know that I am very comfortable with my decision and feel I've made the right one for me. Sure, do I wish I never had to decide this in the first place? Duh.
"Let me live as she did. Love. Love. Love."