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.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Preparing for Sugery

Today, I picked up a copy of this book. A new friend told me about it. The idea is to connect mind and body to enhance healing. Since I will be cut from hip to hip as well as having  both breasts removed I think I could use as much enhanced healing as possible. I am actually very excited to read it.

I did make an Amazon book list (see sidebar on left) of all the books that I have read and that have been helpful. I love books. They have gotten me through lots of different events in my life, from career changes, to international adoption to exploring options in breast cancer reconstruction. So, I thought I would share these resources with you. There are hundreds of others, but these are the ones that have helped me so far. If you have any suggestions I would love to read them.

At this point I am looking for all the positive reading materials I can get!!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This may sound silly but I just bought a book called My Three Husbands. It had nothing to do with anything - it was just a fiction story that was a little ludicrous in places and kind of gross in others, but took my mind of everything except for the story. I think sometimes reading for pleasure is just as important as reading an informative book.. :)

Teri S.

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