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.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Countdown to March 15th (NOT)

I have had to leave Facebook temporarily since my wonderful niece (she really is wonderful) is doing a countdown to March 15th for a very cool concert she is going to. It happens to be the day I will have my breasts removed and endure 12+ hours of surgery to create new breasts. I want time to stand still. I get a knot in my stomach each time I see her countdown, so I have been avoiding facebook.

Although, I have created a FB account under the name Beth Israel which will be primarily updates as we move closer to the 15th and as we move beyond the big day and the big surgery.

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