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.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Week 4 - Day 3

Who would have thought that just barely three weeks out of surgery I would be doing some hiking in Acadia? Certainly not me!!! Granted it was light hiking - like walking around Eagle Lake and picnicing by the water, but it still counts as hiking in my book!  I've been wearing a binder around my middle which seems to make me more comfortable when walking. The binder is like a giant velcro band that covers my entire middle section. Not sure what it is for, but it feels good. I am down to taking just Tylenol and Advil now, with an occasional Percocet at night. It seems to be working.

Last night I did find that there was something I couldn't do. I just couldn't wash the girls' hair in the tub. I can't bend over very easily. Trying to get them to move from their tub to my shower so that I could help was torturous. In the end they did it, but it wasn't pretty. Mike realized when he came in from building the new swingset that maybe I am not 'totally' back to normal. I've fooled him into thinking I can do everything I could do before the surgery, but my secret escaped me last night.

My energy isn't really what it was before, but it's not bad. I am starting to think about spring projects. In time I might even feel like cooking again. Although that might be a ways away. We still have a couple of Feed-the-Flap leftovers, which I hope to stretch. I am so glad that we had that pre-surgery party. I had planned to cook up a bunch of food before surgery, but never had the time or the inclination. So, now, because our friends so generously provided potluck meals at our Feed-the-Flap party we still have food around. It is wonderful.

Here are so photos from our day at Acadia National Park. You've gotta love living an hour from Acadia. We ended our day with ice cream cones from Bill & Bob's in Bar Harbor.

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