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

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

Surgery #5: New Boobies

Today is the day. I'm laying in bed and staring at the clock. In just a few hours I'm going in for part 1 of my breast reconstruction - again. Today my surgeon will cut my chest open again and insert the breast tissue expanders. This time he's inserting them over my chest muscles, rather … Continue reading Surgery #5: New Boobies

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

I Laugh to Keep From Crying

I often get told about how brave I am, how strong I am, how well I handled the cancer, surgeries, chemo, and now life after it all. The truth is – I haven’t handled it well at all. I just don’t let that side show; I smile often even when I want to frown. I … Continue reading I Laugh to Keep From Crying