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

Dating After Cancer: How and When?

When is it ever a good time to try to begin dating after a double mastectomy … and after cancer? Is it 6-months? A year? Two years? I’ve pondered this so much lately. I think the answer ultimately depends on the person, and for me … I think a little over six months of my … Continue reading Dating After Cancer: How and When?

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

What Can I Do About These Mastectomy Scars?

I've been cut in the same place across my chest four times in less than a year. Granted, my amazing plastic surgeon was able fix my mastectomy scar a bit during this last surgery. He removed those gross "flaps" off my sides and was able to make the scar a little thinner - it was super … Continue reading What Can I Do About These Mastectomy Scars?

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

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