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.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Now for some reflections. I want to talk about my beautiful and loving daughters. Jie Jie and Mei Mei are truly the light of my life. When you are facing a very difficult decision and a very long (12 hour) surgery you start to think about all the things that are important to you. My DH is my best friend and the one person in this world that I undeniably rely on to hold me up. He has been supportive throughout this past year in a way I never would have expected. Accompanying me to each and every key appointment. Never complaining. Always deferring to 'my' decision. But in his eyes I could see that he doesn't want to see me battle breast cancer with chemo and radiation - if I can avoid it. He has always insisted on being there for me before, during and after my surgery. I could never have asked for a better partner in life.

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