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, April 4, 2010

Day 7 - Happy Easter

Happy Easter!! This is almost a live post!!! I am writing it at 8:45pm the night before Easter. I feel great. Still needing pain meds, but it remains at a level 1. I am standing up much straighter. Mike is a whiz at draining my tubes. Showering is far easier than I expected. The marsupial pouches help alot with that.

The girls, Mike and Aunt Dot will head to church in the morning in their pretty new pink dresses. I plan to take some photos if my new camera isn't too heavy. I have weight limit of 5 lbs.  No driving for a while. I have been so lucky to have Mike's sister Dot, her husband Don and his sister Sally here all day. They have helped with the kids, food prep, ..... Mike says it's time for drains and pills so I can't make him wait. Happy Easter!!!!

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