A Year Ago Today I Lost My Boobs

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

Ready to Reconstruct

I had a lot of issues with my mastectomy with partial reconstruction – so many that after about a month of extra ER visits, appointments with my surgeon, hospital stays, and extra surgeries that I finally had the expanders removed.  I am the exception and not the rule, but the pain I endured for almost … Continue reading Ready to Reconstruct

Mastectomy: The Removing of My Breasts

I had the first of what turned out to be many surgeries on April 20th. I went in for my double mastectomy with reconstruction; it’s technically called bilateral mastectomy with delayed-immediate breast reconstruction. They were removing my breasts and then placing expanders behind the tissue in my chest with the goal of slowly expanding my skin … Continue reading Mastectomy: The Removing of My Breasts

Mastectomy in Two Days

My bilateral mastectomy with partial reconstruction is coming up in two days and … I don’t want to. My anxiety level is about 492-million-and-67. I know that I have triple negative, invasive, aggressive breast cancer. I know that my BRCA tests were positive. I know that I have a rich family history of breast cancer. … Continue reading Mastectomy in Two Days

Meeting My Breast Surgeon and Plastic Surgeon

Finally, almost a month after my breast cancer diagnosis, I got to meet with my new breast surgeon and plastic surgeon today! First, I met with the plastic surgeon. He’s a very bright and knowledgeable surgeon.  We decided that my best option for delayed-immediate breast reconstruction was tissue expanders. So, basically, my plastic surgeon will place … Continue reading Meeting My Breast Surgeon and Plastic Surgeon

The BRCA Results Are In

March 7, 2016 – the day I’ve been waiting for since my first appointment with my oncologist on Feb. 19th- my BRCA results are in. Today is the day that I will know what treatment I will be getting.I prayed and prayed for negative BRCA results. Me winning a billion dollar lottery was more likely … Continue reading The BRCA Results Are In

Meeting with Breast Surgeon #1

I met with a breast surgeon, she was very friendly and knowledgeable and I really liked her. She explained to me my options: Lumpectomy: I could have an outpatient surgery where they would remove the tumor and some of the surrounding tissue then I would have to undergo radiation and chemotherapy. Unilateral Mastectomy:  This would be … Continue reading Meeting with Breast Surgeon #1