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

A very good day!!!

My friend from 2nd grade visited today. Last night I was not sure I was up for visitors, but it was just the right person at just the right time. She may have seen more of me than she expected, but if you can't share johnny moments at times like this what can you share. She also got to meet my 'team'. They are wonderful and really boosted by spirits with their visit. Everything seems to look very good. Still getting lots of laps in. They even unhooked the machine (sorry Maria I can't remember the name of it). Other than four drains that are sucking fluid from my body, I am cord-free. Progress.

Mike went out and bought me a BIDMC hat. I am so lucky to have found such a great medical team, I will wear my hat with pride.

When I get home I will start putting pictures in the blog. Mike has taken photos every step of the way, even when things didn't fell very good. It is bright and sunny in Boston. Life is good again!! And my risk for breast cancer is 2%. Pretty good I'd say.

Again, even though I haven't been able to read your posts, I will when I get home. I am on a  little netbook that is very tough to type on - especially with swollen fingers (which are not swollen any more).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

God never shuts one door but he opens another. ........................................

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