My Grandmother's Story
I am a doctor with a post graduate degree. Both my grandmoms were diagnosed with breast cancer. My paternal grandmother whom I never met(She died before I was born) had surgery but then died of lung metastasis I am going to talk about my maternal grandmother. A dignified lady who was a great cook, stitched patchwork quilts for every member of her family put of love and lent a helping hand wherever and whenever required. A real enthusiast for life even at 82. She had back problems and needed a walker but that didn't deter her from working on her sewing machine or sitting on a stool in the kitchen and cooking mouth watering dishes and delicacies for her family and friends. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now I know she was the right candidate for laser ablation but alas....20 years ago this was not an option.She underwent modified radical mastectomy MRM The surgery was uneventful but the post operatve course was stormy to say the least. After removal of the sutures she started developing fluid collection around the operation site. This had to be repeatedly aspirated with a syringe n needle which I did several times. Then she started developing lymphedema (swelling due to removal of lympatics in surgery)of the arm. Omg!!! This was the right arm. She was all set to go back to her lifestyle and do her cooking and stitching which was her passion, but her right arm would not work. She spoke to her doctors who "assured" her that eventually all would be ok. But it wasn't. The lymphedema increased and she spiralled down in depression because her life had lost its purpose.It was very painful to see her lost in life. A lady of such determination who always said yes to life. Subsequently she developed Alzheimer's dementia and passed away after 2 years. This treatment is tailor made for post menopausal women with a receptor "positive" status. It will give them a new lease of life. I would have definitely recommended it to my grandmom so that she could have spent a few more years with us! Ladies...you owe it to yourselves A lot of cases of breast cancer is seen in women who are so giving that they neglect themselves. They nurture others but not themselves.