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, March 29, 2010

Half way there

Dr. Houlihan just called me. Joan is very stable and came through the first half of the surgery without any problems. She also said that Dr. Tobias was encouraged by what he saw and didn't see any issues with the reconstruction. Dr. Houlihan finished her part at about noon. She still thinks it will be around 8:00 before they are finished. LONG DAY! I've spent the morning moving half of my belongings to hotel no. 2. Not as close to the hospital, but, a time share, so much less expensive. Now I just wait and wait.


Anonymous said...

The Ritter's thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Patricia said...

Thanks for keeping us updated! Hang in there she will be out soon.
Love Patty

Anonymous said...

B and I are totally with you. We'll check back soon. Take it easy.

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