Nope, no drugs here (other than whatever chemo may be left in my body) and the occasional pain pill because of the pain from the expanders.
Those syringes are full of saline, 50 ml each. And I am finally completely finished getting my breasts expanded. The next step is to meet with my surgeon later this month and discuss when I will have the final breast surgery to remove these temporary hard expanders and insert the permanent breast implants.
So far, I’ve had a total of five surgeries on my chest…so although I’m looking forward to being DONE, I’m also in no hurry to go back under the knife for the 6th time in a year.
I’m pretty happy with the results so far. I took a photo after each expansion and week by week my chest got bigger and bigger. And I’m going to go ahead and stop you with the “How big did you decide to go?” question, because it was not my decision to make…it was America’s. The FDA regulates the size of your breasts after a mastectomy. The limit is 800 ml of fluid in each breast. I’m not sure why. I would guesstimate that it’s probably a “C” cup. The expanders are kind of hard, so they don’t move – even when I jog – and I don’t have nipples, so there’s no need for a bra. I guess a silver lining could be that my boobs are super perky now 🙂
However, going without breasts for an entire year, I’m happy with my “C” cup breasts…much smaller than what I used to have, but they look nice. I’ll be even happier when I get the permanent implants and then I get 3D nipples tattooed on.
After my ordeal last year with the expanders I was so scared to have them put back in, but now, I’m so happy and I feel so blessed.
They may not be what I had before getting breast cancer and had the double mastectomy, but I beat cancer…I am a survivor and I am PROUD!
This is another milestone for me and I’m so happy and blessed to be taking another step towards healing.