Well, I will know in two days if my plan for DIEP reconstruction after a bilateral mastectomy will work for me. I am meeting with a plastic surgeon in Boston and hope she says that I am a 'great' candidate for the DIEP. I am excited, scared and even more scared, but I want to get this breast cancer monkey off my back and reduce my risk to less than 10% from 50+%.
Having met with two plastic surgeons already, I have learned that the more belly fat I have going into the surgery, the better the outcome. Not that I should become obese, but I would like a B cup. As I have worked at gaining pounds, I have expanded my waistline, much to the dismay of my 7 year old. I have excess fat, which hopefully will become my new breasts. Seems rather bizarre, but this whole idea of making the decision to move forward with a bilateral mastectomy/reconstruction is bizarre.
There is no advocate to talk with, no one who can make this decision for me. In the end I have gathered all the information I can from books, breast cancer websites, medical websites, survivors, breast surgeons, oncologists and plastic surgeons. I feel ready to move forward.