My Final Surgery

Tomorrow, September 7, 2017 I'm having my final breast surgery. I'm excited and extremely nervous at the same time. Tomorrow, my surgeon is removing the temporary breast tissue expanders and inserting the permanent silicone implants. It's been a hell of a ride since getting the call to come in for a follow up mammogram back … Continue reading My Final Surgery

Nine-Month Cancer Screening

I went in yesterday for my 9-month cancer check-up with my oncologist. For the past week I was on pins and needles – and my anxiety level was through the roof. As any breast cancer survivor will probably tell you – we all live with the constant fear of the cancer coming back. We have … Continue reading Nine-Month Cancer Screening

Breast Expansion Complete

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

Breast Expansion #2

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

Breast Tissue Expansion #1

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

Those Dreaded Drains

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

Pictures From Breast Reconstruction

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