May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons bring the best to you and yours!
~ Robert Frost


Welcome to my blog. This is my story of how I faced my risk of breast cancer, the decisions I made, the support I received and my week by week recovery from surgery. I chose to have a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy with immediate DIEP reconstruction at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston (March 2010). For more information on my 'Medical Team' please see tab above. I also have a wonderful circle of friends who have supported me throughout. They have provided us with lots of delicious meals and desserts. Many of those recipes are included above under "Feed the Flap" recipes. "Feed the Flap" is a term I coined when trying to increase my abdominal (fat) flap to ensure that I was a good candidate for the DIEP procedure. This was not something recommended by any medical professional, it was just something that made sense to me. I think it worked!! Feel free to join me on this journey and feel free to post comments.

Select the tabs on the left side marked Week 1, Week 2, Week 3..... to go immediately to the surgical/recovery part of this blog.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

What if...

What if I decide to move forward with the surgery in Boston? That will mean about 2 weeks in Boston. Five to seven of those days I will be in the hospital in pain and with multiple drains. The rest of that time I would be somewhere else (???) in pain and with multiple drains and my family. The somewhere else concerns me. A hotel - how will I sleep? A friend - how can you ask someone to do that? Other concerns - what about JieJie's school? How can we leave her home? How can we have them both with us?

After my appointment on the 24th of September many of these questions will be answered. I am not the first out-of-town person to deal with all this. But it worries me.

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