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1/25/19 4:25 P

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I am glad it went well for you and that you are glad you did it.
I have battled with should I have the reduction or not. I am 52 and I don't want to deal with surgery. I had back surgery last year and that was the most painful recovery I have ever experienced. I have had 5 surgeries and the back surgery recovery kicked my behind. I still have two more surgeries to go, both knees need to be replaced. After the knees are done I will go back to the breast reduction debate in my mind.

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1/5/19 2:11 P

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I am almost 18 months post surgery.
Since my post last January, I have been keeping busy with family life & part-time working. I was swimming for exercise but lost access to the pool... bummer!! This week I joined the local YMCA, though, and I am excited about being part of fitness classes. I am loving water aerobics so far.
In April 2018 I visited an indoor water park with my extended family; it was nice to wear a well-fitting swimsuit and not have to worry about falling out of the front of it or bouncing like crazy while climbing stairs to ride water slides with my little boy. Summer 2018 in my swimsuit was nice too; I was not so self-conscious as in years past when I went swimming or visited a beach. Going out on the lake in a boat, my life jacket fit a lot better too; the chest-squishing was not as extreme as it had been before.
In Fall 2018, I did something that I NEVER thought I would be able to do - I helped coach my son's soccer team. Before surgery, I did NOT feel comfortable running at all; the "girls" would bounce so much, even with a strong, supportive bra. Since I don't sag or bounce like I used to, I had no problems running around with the kids at practice and during games. It's so nice to NOT brace my arms against my upper body when I play outside.
About 1 year post-surgery, I went to Dillard's and got measured for bra-fitting. My result was 42D, which is still larger than I wanted to be, but it's much more manageable. I can still see the scars below my breasts, but they don't bother me, and I am so much more comfortable day-to-day. Glad I did it.

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1/2/18 12:21 A

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Post surgery life has been busy! Once I recovered, we started planning for my husband to have foot surgery! He is almost 3 weeks in to his 8-12 week recovery. He and our 4yo son are keeping me busy these days.

I am really enjoying my smaller chest (it's still not small; apparently it takes months for all of the swelling to go away). I am 6 months post-surgery, but I am still supposed to massage my scars twice a day. That's annoying, but I am trying to comply.

I am under DRs orders to not wear underwire bras. Glad to follow that order!!! It's nice to not need the wire. I was a 40G before surgery; now I think I'm about 38D or DD. Not sure where my cup size will level out.

I had an epiphany the other day. Some new friends invited me to run, and I realized that my boobs were the main reason I do not run for exercise... but they are not the problem that they used to be. I did a test jump in my bathroom; I jumped up & down (no bra!) and had no after shock when I landed. Shockingly great!! I am planning to start walking in 2018 and maybe try jogging or a couch-to-5K program. It's nice to be physically capable of such things.

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8/31/17 12:47 P

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How are you doing, Alatona? Breast reduction is a great blessing, and it keeps getting better, as the healing continues for a long time. It's so great to have the weight removed. : )

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Totally AGREE. For anyone from the USA who lives here, and depends on THIS "health" "system," most of us are not as lucky to have an insurance company be willing to pick up the bill!! It shouldn't be that way. Very large breasts are a major health issue for millions of women (and some teens!). So, we must change how our health is treated/ignored! One thing, or two, I will add- the effects of breast-reduction surgery (like almost all plastic surgery) do NOT last "forever." May come as a shock, but true, so be prepared. Also, keeping your body weight in a good range also helps manage the size of the girls, and vice-versa. More later. Anyone have other thoughts, experiences?

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7/6/17 11:00 P

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Thank you for letting us know how you are doing and how you feel about the surgery.
I am glad you are happy with the results. I will defintely take your advice and do the reading and the research.

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7/4/17 8:30 P

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Thank you, Larae! I am now 15 days post-surgery. I am feeling good! It's amazing how much easier it is to stand up straight, and the blouses & dresses I have been wearing post-surgery are more comfortable and flattering than they were before.

Right now, I am having to keep Vaseline ointment on my incisions, which is a little tricky. Mom has been helping me with gauze & pads... after some trial and error and chatting with others who had this surgery or a similar one, I think I will continue with gauze strips on the crease below my breasts, nursing pads on the nips, and poise pad pantiliners stuck to the elastic band of my surgical bra. It's a little bunchy, but it keeps the Vaseline off of my clothes. tomorrow I have another follow up with the doctor, and hopefully I will be cleared to drive!!!

If you are thinking about this surgery, I recommend "When Less is More" by Bethanne Snodgrass. I read it before my surgery consult and felt much better informed. The DRs office was impressed that I had done so much homework beforehand. Recovering from surgery is no walk in the park, especially with a 3 year old, but I am recovering well so far!!

My boobs don't sag! Awesome!!

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I will be praying for a successful surgery for you. Please let us know how you are doing during your at home recovery.

I have contemplated for years about having a reduction. Eventually decided not to but I do still think about it.

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6/17/17 11:56 P

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My surgery is coming up on Monday.
I am thankful that my insurance company recognizes the burden of large breasts, and my procedure will be covered.
My parents are coming to stay a while to help take care of my 3-year-old and keep us fed & clothed.
I think I am ready; I filled my prescriptions, bought my supplies, and even acquired button-down clothes to wear during recovery. I have a recliner to sleep in, and I "nested" in that corner so my things will be accessible when I am restricted from bending and reaching.
I am ready to be rid of my 40G and 40H bras. I am ready to be rid of my back & shoulder pain. I am ready for my clothes to fit better in my torso.
This is my first time having surgery, so I am a little nervous, but I still think it is the right decision for me and for my health.

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