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The second part of protecting against BRCA1 gene’s wrath is prophylactic mastectomy and reconstruction (optional, but for me, mandatory). Although I was still having severe pelvic pain, I was anxious to get the rest of this mess behind me. Besides, I was hurting and largely in bed anyway, so how much worse was this going to be?

I got medical clearance from my primary care doctor to proceed. Infections were under control (a definite must for breast implant placement). She and the surgeons (all 3) asked if I really wanted to proceed with surgery given my present problems and pain. I wanted to move forward and not have to worry about getting breast cancer too.

On June 3rd, the surgeons spent just 2 hours conducting the mastectomy AND reconstruction, with no complications. The surgical postop pain was very tolerable and the recuperation swift. Yet the pelvic/abdominal pain persisted.

To be continued. . . . . . . . .

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