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.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

10 PM - 8 hours and counting...

It's getting close. I really am ready. Poor DH. He got really stressed out when I asked to change rooms. He had unpacked everything that he needed for his stay, but I just couldn't stand such a nasty room. Oh, plus there was no internet!!!

Tonight's project was to shower with some special antiseptic soap and scrub my incision spots for 3 minutes. Will be repeating this at 5am tomorrow. Still pretty surreal. But by tomorrow night at this time I should be out of surgery!!! A friend who had this surgery a few months ago didn't get out until after 11pm (7:30am - 11pm), so DH is prepared for a long day. At least he has a much nicer room WITH internet.

DH has started blogging. I can't wait to read his posts when I wake up. I thought I would be much more nervous than I am. Last night talking with my friend who did this 8 years ago really helped. Again, thanks to all my friends who have been soooooooo supportive throughout this journey.

It's time to go spend some time with DH. He really has a tough job right now. It's hard to imagine the wait he has to endure, then a long recovery period. He truly is a godsend.

1 comment:

Christy said...

Darn- I wrote you something in the comments last night but it looks like it didn't post and now you're probably on your way into surgery. Anyway, just letting you know that we'll be thinking of you today and praying for you, your family, the docs, and everyone who will be taking care of you this week. We look forward to coming to see you when you're ready for visitors. Let the healing begin! Christy

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