(3/4) “The very next week I had a ton of scans and a surgery to put a port in for chemo. It was my first surgery - I had never been through any surgery - and I was pregnant. At 15 weeks they wanted to get the ball rolling, and I started chemo. You can have a surgery once in the second trimester; they put you under and the monitor the baby. Originally, I was going to do the mastectomy while I was pregnant. But the timing of the chemo pushed it too far into my third trimester, and they are worried about me going into labor too early while I would be in surgery. So now, we are doing it once the baby has been born. The plan is, we are doing 6 rounds of chemo, followed by a lumpectomy while pregnant, and then I’ll have my double mastectomy around two weeks so after the baby is born. I opted to do the double, just to reduce the chance of it coming back. I would rather be alive for my kids than have breasts. I haven’t decided how to handle feeding my daughter when she is first born. I don’t want to confuse her by starting her breastfeeding, and then be going into surgery and switching to bottle. I would love to breastfeed, but I may end up pumping colostrum for her and starting her with the bottle. I may end up spending some time in the ICU after the surgery, and if I do, I wouldn’t be there to help her transition from breast to bottle, I would just be leaving my husband to teach her how to bottle feed."
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