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

Breast Reconstruction Scheduled

Since my first attempt at my breast reconstruction failed after my bilateral mastectomy with partial reconstruction last year I've been terrified to have a 5th surgery on my chest. But now that I've completed chemo and my first 3-month cancer screening came up clean, I really want to get on with my life and put all … Continue reading Breast Reconstruction Scheduled

Three Month Cancer Screening: Success

I would be a damn liar if I said that I haven't been stressed, preoccupied, and scared shitless the past few weeks waiting for this first screening since finishing chemo 3 months ago. Three months ... That's it. Honestly, it feels like a lifetime ago, but also like it was just yesterday that I was … Continue reading Three Month Cancer Screening: Success

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

Surgery #4: Removing the Expanders

Well, I gave it the good old college try. I have endured some of the most excruciating pain of my life with these expanders. My body has been rejecting them from the beginning, but I really, really wanted to keep them in so I can get my breasts back. I decided that I can no longer … Continue reading Surgery #4: Removing the Expanders

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

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