Cold Breast, Warm Heart

When it’s your turn to get breast cancer, you become kind of a student of the topic. As soon as I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), I headed online  and bought a stack of books so I could research of all these new terms like DCIS and comedo and cribriform (types of cells that constitute DCIS). Once I realized I’d be getting my breast reconstructed I started studying how reconstruction works as well. I had to work my way up to that particular brand of research; in those days, I was still squeamish about medical details.

The one thing I didn’t see mention of in any of the books or online resources I checked out is that after you’ve had reconstructive surgery with an implant, your breast may feel cool to the touch. Which makes sense when you think about it; the implant (mine is silicone) isn’t going to heat as quickly as living tissue. 

So I thought I would share this as one of those little details you’re not likely to hear about. Is it a bad thing? No, just something to be aware of. It took me awhile to even notice the change.  It’s something I certainly never would have thought to ask–“Oh, by the way, is it going to feel cold?” It wouldn’t have been a deal breaker in any case. Tissue replacement was never an option for me because I wanted to limit surgeries to one area of my body and I was completely comfortable with the idea of implants. Still am.

I’m curious to hear about anyone else’s discoveries along these lines. What’s a small (or big) detail that you never heard about before you got there? What surprised you on your journey?

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