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.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Who Needs to Know?

Who needs to know? I have a few close friends and a few family members who know what I am dealing with. They have offered to help and I know they mean it. Some friends have fallen by the wayside, while others have stepped up to offer support. This is truly a period of great change, not only for my body, but also my life. This is a time when you realize who and what are most important to you and put your time and energy into them. It is time to shed the relationships that don't work and cherish the ones that do.
I recently read (and couldn't put down) a book called, Between Me and the River, in which the author, Carrie Host, tells the story of her cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. She discusses everything you can possibly imagine related to cancer, relationships, quality of care, medical mistakes, telling children, miracles, etc. I only hope that I can face all the challenges ahead of me with the same courage as Carrie.

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