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.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Day 4

Good morning!! The pain should be less from here on out. It won't go away, but if I know it is going to decrease each day and someday (maybe 5 weeks from now) will disappear or at least dissipate then I can deal with that. Hopefully I will be able to blog live today.

I miss my girls more than anything in the world. I am so proud of them. They have never been away from us for more than one night before our trips to Boston. Thankfully, Aunt D is with them and taking very good care of them. One of the toughest things when I get home will be not picking them up and probably being very protective of my incisions. We have practiced what Mom will be like and they know that they can cuddle, but not give big 'front' hugs just yet. I can't even imagine what is going through their minds. They are so wonderful - these little girls who joined our family from half a world away. I can't imagine my life without them.

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