I had 1mm of invasive breast cancer, a lumpectomy and a mastectomy in the same month as the doctor thought there may be more cancer but there wasnt. I was so devastated that I didnt have a reconstruction, it took me 2.5 years to pluck up the courage to try and move on. I developed lymphedema during this time. I started the reconstruction process last November after an oopherectomy and hysterectomy as my previous doctor had never thought to check my FSH during my taking Tamoxifen, so everything was taken out due to extremely high estrogen. A month later I started with the expander. I was told it would take five months from start to finish, and that I would be completed by April. I rang and was told it was going to be June, then I went round to find it would be September, and today I rang to be told its now October 21st which will mean that I will have had my expander in for 11 months, just to be a size 34b. During this time now, I have found I have one atrophic kidney and the other one has started with problems. I am frightened to death as I have absolutely no faith in what I am going through. I do not know which way to turn or where to get help. Am I being paranoid or is this too late??????? I wanted one summer of normality with my children and all I have had is one nightmare after the other. Has anyone else had a small expander in for such a long time and did they suffer scar tissue.??????? Thank you.