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

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

My New “Bed”

I can’t take it anymore. I haven’t been able to get a good night’s sleep in weeks. The pain/pressure from the expanders is ridiculous. I can’t lay down and with all the stitches in my chest I can’t get comfortable. My mom told me that I’d probably have some trouble laying down, but stubborn me, … Continue reading My New “Bed”

My At-Home “Nurses”

The babies are super worried about me and now that I am just a little better from the surgery and E.R. visit, they have been coming in and sleeping with me at night time. Thankfully I have a great big, king size bed. I am still in excruciating pain from my mastectomy and I haven’t … Continue reading My At-Home “Nurses”

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

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