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.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Week 2 - Day 1
This was me one week ago preparing for surgery. I had given the girls some prayer/wishing/meditation stones to hold and rub while we were gone. I also gave one to Mike and I had one too. Here I have put it in my eye just before they wheeled me a way. A bit of joking around lightened things up for Mike, I hope. And here is a picture of me yesterday at our Easter Egg Hunt!!! I was/am a bit hunched over, but not as much as I had been last week on my first 'walk' around the nurses station. This week I plan to post pictures from last week and a picture taken a week later. Today is Monday, April 5th. Last week this time I had been in surgery for hours and still faced hours ahead of me as well as night I never want to revisit. Today, I was told by my aunt that my grandmother had had serious reactions to morphine, hmmmm something to think about. Anyway Mike is home with the girls and I am going to go play!!!! Oh, I created a new page called "My Team!". You can find it at the top of the page, just under the photo of me with JieJie and MeiMei. There I have posted pictures of my fabulous medical team!!!