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.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I need to hear that I am not alone (and not crazy)...

Oh, the date for my surgery is coming fast and furiously closer. I am scared. I admit this only to my DH, who is very supportive. BUT I need to hear about or from people who have had non-invasive bc AND who took the courageous step toward bilateral mastectomies. I was googling Rene Syler and found this. I first learned of Rene Syler, who had a PBM two years ago, when I was in a plastic surgeon's office in Boston. There was a magazine with an article of her. I hadn't thought of her or that article until now. Now is when I need the reinforcement and support to keep me focused on moving ahead. It really isn't about my breasts, it's about staying alive and healthy for my kids. So, anyway, this is an excerpt from an online article on Rene Syler.

More From This ArticleProphylactic Mastectomy the Facts

While no national statistics exist, in the last five years more women at high risk for breast cancer—those with a strong family history, a genetic predisposition or with biopsies that indicate certain abnormal cell growth—are opting for prophylactic mastectomies, reducing their likelihood of developing breast cancer by up to 98 percent. "Women are choosing to be proactive in risk reduction," says Dr. Cheryl Perkins, clinical adviser for Susan G Komen for the Cure. "[The procedure] has become more readily available, more sophisticated and refined."

Most women are pleased with the results. "We find that almost always, quality of life improves," says Syler's own doctor Virgilio Sacchini, attending surgeon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

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