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 12, 2010

Week 2 - Day 7

Okay, so it's been a few days since I have posted. Let me see if I feel any different from the pins and needles of Friday's post. No, not really. I think the whole numb feeling will pass in time, but it's a funky and wierd feeling and I don't like it. BUT, this feeling didn't hold me back from attending the annual auction at my daughter's school on Saturday night. Here I am all dressed up with my new do, while still sporting one drain, hidden under my size 2x top. I had a blast at the school auction; HOWEVER I paid the price the next day. I was exhausted, tired, cranky and very sore. Thank God, for Gary and Brenda, who came over with dinner all prepared and pitched in with the girls and helped Mike work on the girls' SkyFort!! I watched Brenda play with my kids and wished I had the energy to do that. I enjoyed seeing them happy and carefree. Here's a picture of Brenda doing some planting with them. One of the many things I am grateful for is my friends. I cherish them and could not be managing my recovery as well as I am without them (and Mike).

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