If you've had a mastectomy (single or double) with reconstruction then you probably know what this is. If not, you may be wondering what kind of weird drugs I'm into. 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 … Continue reading Breast Expansion Complete
A year ago today I went in to have my double mastectomy with partial reconstruction. I knew that they were removing my breasts, but I don't think it really sank in until I woke up later that night and felt like ... I had the entire front of me removed. Even though I was on … Continue reading A Year Ago Today I Lost My Boobs
I've been cut in the same place across my chest four times in less than a year. Granted, my amazing plastic surgeon was able fix my mastectomy scar a bit during this last surgery. He removed those gross "flaps" off my sides and was able to make the scar a little thinner - it was super … Continue reading What Can I Do About These Mastectomy Scars?
I am so excited to be moving right along with my breast reconstruction. Yesterday I had my second tissue expansion. I'm now halfway done with my expansion; I have 400 ml of saline in each breast. I was mistaken in my last blog post when I stated that my surgeon filled me with 200 ml of … Continue reading Breast Expansion #2
After having the breast tissue expanders surgically implanted on March 7, and a decent post-op appointment on March 13, I was able to go in for my first breast expansion on March 20, 2017. For those of you who don't know what breast tissue expanders are, here is a picture: If you've followed my Battling … Continue reading Breast Tissue Expansion #1
Hallelujah! After 2 full weeks my drains came out today. I know I've talked about drains in the past, but I realized that a lot of people don't know what I'm talking about. After a mastectomy, breast tissue expander insertion, and probably many other breast surgeries you have drains sewn into each of your sides … Continue reading Those Dreaded Drains
I'm sure people will find these photos gross, and even say that I'm sharing too much. And that's your right to think and say that, but it's also my right to share my story and my photos. I want other women who are facing breast cancer and the possibility of a mastectomy with breast reconstruction … Continue reading Pictures From Breast Reconstruction