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 21, 2010
Today we hosted our once-in-a-lifetime FEED THE FLAP party with our friends from near and far. The food was exceptional. And we saved the leftovers for when we come back from Boston. We won't have to worry about cooking for a few nights AND we will think of our friends as we revisit their meals! To have so many of our friends be part of this journey has really bouyed me as I enter my last week with my 'originals'. It truly was wonderful to be able to spend time with these friends. I thought I would have more time to talk with everyone, but it was alot like a wedding reception. It was over before I even knew it. Although the time flew by and lots of very delicious food was consumed, we did find time to take a few spins on my favorite toy. I took pictures of friends on The Green Machine, but promised not to post them. But here is a picture of it. Every morning MeiMei and I play in the driveway with our riding toys. I will miss riding on this while I am recovering. BUT I will certainly ask the doctors how soon I will be able to .