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Kathy



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 10:36 pm    Post subject: Massage therapy for survivors Reply with quote

Although I've not experienced breast cancer, my neighbour has. She had one breast removed last year and reconstructed using a flap of her skin...(I know I sound uneducated Embarassed ).

She had her implant put in and filled over the winter. Her biggest complaint was that her boobs didn't match due to the tightness of the scar tissue.

She started seeing a massage therapist this spring who specializes in breast cancer patients and she looks amazing...both breasts look the same in a tight T. She says that within 2 treatments, everything started to loosen up and let the implant drop and fill out.

I was just so excited about this tidbit, that I thought I'd share. Smile
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linda



Joined: 03 Oct 2003
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2005 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

holy cow - i've never heard of a massage therapist for reconstructed breasts ! What an interesting idea!!!

Do you know if she started having it done right away or was it much longer?

Thanks for sharing this....extremely interesting. I know somePS's will tell you to massage, some will say don't, I've always said, listen to your body and it will tell you if it needs something.

Thanks again
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Kathy



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Linda,

She just had her last saline fill in February and just started the massage therapy the beginning of June. She is doing awesome and says she's so much more comfortable now. The scar tissue doesn't feel like it's pulling and tugging all the time when she moves different ways. She also said the first massage was very uncomfortable but within hours she could feel everything loosening up.

I just thought it was so interesting.
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Kathy



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terri1



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kathy-what a sweetheart you are for sharing this. Do you know if it was a special type of massage therapist or just a general one?
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terri1



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry Kathy I see you say in your message that he/she specializes but I've never heard of it. I wonder how you go about finding one--maybe the cancer agency I guess.
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Kathy



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The therapist is a regular massage therapist who took an interest in BC survivors and I don't know if she developed her own techniques or trained for it somewhere.

Good idea about contacting the Cancer Society. If anyone would know how to go about finding one, they would.

My interest in BC comes from my beloved MIL who passed away 4 years ago of a HEART ATTACK at age 62. She survived BC and was a 10 year survivor. We found it ironic that a heart attack took her. Go figure.
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Marilyn



Joined: 06 Feb 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2005 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK - gals - does this mean I'm going to have different size boobs!!!
Very Happy Some people do experience this - I will have to check this out with my PS.
Sounds very logical though -
Marilyn Smile Smile
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linda



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2005 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If anyone finds out if there's such a therapist in the good old GTA - let me know. I'd love to find out more about this! My scars are still tight and it's been almost two years!
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BA date: Monday, October 20, 2003



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