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, March 31, 2010

Joan's been great!

Joan has been working hard today.  Trying to clear her lungs with breathing exercises and going for walks.  She tires quickly, of course, but, she's really hanging in there. The Doctors are quite pleased with her progress.  We may get home as early as Friday!  Tomorrow is a test day.  Joan will be left somewhat on her own to get by, with help from me.  They want to see if she can get by at home.  I'll let you know how she does.

1 comment:

teri said...

Yay for Joan/Joannie/Beth - or whatever her name is - lol - Glad to hear things are going so well for her! Please tell her that Teri says hi. :)

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