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
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
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
I woke up this morning feeling a lot of anxiety because I had a bad dream. Do you ever have a dream - or nightmare - that is just so realistic? As I sit here sipping coffee, I just can't seem to get it out of my head. Sometimes as I begin writing, I start … Continue reading Stop Haunting My Dreams
It’s always hard for me to talk about love and relationships, but it’s something, I think everyone wants. I know it’s something I’ve wanted for a long time, especially as I get older. I’ve been single for years – I mean, I’ve dated, but nothing of any substance. For the past year dating wasn’t even … Continue reading Is There Love for a Recovering Cancer Patient?
I wanted to write yesterday to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day … but as my life is getting back to normal, so is my schedule. And by my schedule being “normal,” I mean jam packed and chaotic. I am probably one of the busiest, boring people you’ll ever meet! Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean too … Continue reading Happy (belated) Valentine’s Day
I am finally breaking out of my rut. I’ve been stuck for the past year, my mood has gone up and down, but mostly down. The hopeless feeling of having breast cancer, the mastectomy, the failed first attempt at reconstruction, the misery I felt for months of chemo, loneliness and isolation … everything was just … Continue reading Keeping My Promise To Myself