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

A Reflection on Last Year

I’m a little late for my “one year ago today I began chemotherapy for my triple negative, aggressive, invasive breast cancer” post…but I feel that it’s time to reflect. It was June 9, 2016 and my best friend stayed the night with me the night before. My treatment was at 8 a.m. and we got … Continue reading A Reflection on Last Year

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

At Least One Thing Wasn’t Permanent 

After my very first chemo treatment on June 9, 2016 I immediately had a menstrual cycle. It was completely out of cycle, but I figured it was the chemo messing with my body. It was horrible, chemo sickness and nausea, and then cramps to boot! But then it went away in two days. I thought … Continue reading At Least One Thing Wasn’t Permanent 

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

Items to Include in a Chemo Care Package

When I was going through TAC chemo for my triple negative, aggressive breast cancer people asked me what I wanted or needed during that time. I didn't really know what to tell them, other than "not to die," because I felt so sick - physically and mentally. However, now that it's been (almost) six months … Continue reading Items to Include in a Chemo Care Package