The NBC reporter, who announced in April that he was now cancer-free, said his chest numbness is “a constant reminder” of his work.
Dahlgren, 47, wrote in the essay, “Now, life has returned to normal, and I’m trying to enjoy every second.” today About his treatment and recovery. However, there is a constant reminder of what I have been through and what has yet to come. It strikes me every time I take a deep breath, or hug, and especially when my daughter lays her head on my chest. When I actually feel breast cancer has taken a toll, I feel ’em’. It is restlessness and numbness all at once. ”
After 8 rounds of chemo and 25 rounds of radiation I CAN DON WITH CANCER TREATMENT !! No hag or high 5 … because the bell doesn’t even ring #Covid But tears of gratitude for #HealthcareHeroes Who helped me and through all the help I received. #Thank you #Cancer free pic.twitter.com/Juz2EA462j
– Kristen Dahlgren (@kristendahlgren) April 29, 2020
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“Of all the side effects of treatment, for me, this may be the most difficult.”
Dahlgren, who discovered breast cancer in 2019 after reporting on unusual signs of the disease and then told himself about the symptoms, said it was not an issue he had ever anticipated.
“Before breast cancer, I never realized that women who have mastectomy feel pain in their chest. It certainly makes sense – since the nerves are cut off during surgery – but it’s not something that is often talked about, ”she said. “Ultimately, the most important thing in surgery is removing all of the cancer and saving your life. Therefore, astonishment is something that I felt I just had to live with.
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Dahlgren asked if she would ever be able to feel it in her chest, and plastic surgeons said it was not possible yet. But she had a surgeon, Drs. Constance Chain was also found, which reconstructs the “flap” to reconnect the veins in the chest, yielding encouraging results – one patient said she felt up to 80 percent back in her chest.
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Dahlgren will undergo reconstruction with Dr. Chen later this year, and while the surgeon warns that “there are no guarantees,” she is expecting similar results.
“I really just love to give a hug – or my little girl cuddled against me on the couch,” he said. “If it doesn’t work, then life definitely moves forward, but like I’ve done so often in the past year, for now, I hang on to hope.”