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, September 4, 2009

Back in the Saddle....

My summer was terrific. I put on hold all my medical appointments, calls, concerns..... It most likely is the last summer of having my very own breasts and I planned to totally enjoy it. And I did enjoy every minute of my summer at the lake.

Now I am back in the saddle. My first day back in town I called Boston to schedule a second opinion with another plastic surgeon. I haven't yet seen the first one, but I don't want to put all my money in one bank, so to speak. Plus I am hearing some very good things about this other doctor.

I am slowly wrapping my brain around the fact that my future breasts are in my belly! So, I have been 'feeding the flap' all summer. Maybe that's another reason it has been a good summer!! Why would I do that? Well, I am not skinny, but last winter the local ps who does the tram and latissimus dorsi told me that if I weighed 175 and had had 3 babies that I would be a great candidate for the flap procedure. He said that as it is I would need an implant in addition to whatever carving he was planning to do. That didn't make much sense, but I did walk away (very fast) with the idea that if my breast were in my belly area that I would want to make them as big as I could to look normal again. I am not sure if that was/is necessary, but I don't want to be a marginal candidate for the DIEP and I want at least a B cup!!

So as I sit here my stomach is growing! I really don't like this. However having a growing belly makes me motivated to get this procedure behind me as soon as possible after January 1, 2010.

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