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.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Week 2 - Day 6
I have been home for over a week now. Am feeling good, but also starting to feel lots of numbness in chest/abdominal area. From everything I have learned this is normal, but it just feels funky and weird. Numbness, I have learned, is not something you can actually convey to someone else with words. People will associate it with novacaine, or tingly feet (pins and needles) or an old scar, but really none of that fits this. Just odd. My assumption is that some of this will dissipate and the rest I will become my new normal. Right now it isn't my new normal and it's rather uncomfortable when clothing touches it. Next week I plan to post each day on some of the ways my life is different now, almost 2 weeks after surgery. I also plan to include more real live photos to track my healing progress (no pictures of incisions or anything awkward so don't worry). Have a nice weekend.