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.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Week 5 - Day 2

This week I am trying to follow my normal routine. So today I volunteered at JieJie's library. When I got home I realized that I am not exactly up to par. I am a bit tired and still a bit sore. Even though I want to be full strength, I am not really quite there. Yesterday I forgot to wear my binder and was quite sore at the end of the day. Maybe it was the 3 mile walk I took!! I am feeling like I am having a coffee withdrawal, but I gave up coffee months ago. So I guess it's just that I am tired. I would much rather post about all the fun stuff I am doing, but this blog is meant to be a resource of others who find themselves on a similar path at some point, so I need to be accurate.

Yesterday I talked to friend about her breast cancer and the choices she is facing regarding reconstruction. It's ironic because she was an inspiration to me as my surgery date was getting closer and whenever I was doubting my decision I would run into her and she would tell me that I really needed to move forward with the PBM. Now that my surgery is over, I am able to 'give back' with information, suggestions, etc that may be helpful to her as she makes reconstruction decisions. One of the things I can do now is direct people back to this blog. Hopefully it will help others see what the choice of PBM + DIEP is all about.

My original plan for my blog was to update it everyday for the 6-week recovery period, but there just isn't that much change from day-to-day so I am going to do a couple of updates each week instead. I will also update after follow-up medical appointments and will do daily updates as I prepare for Stage II of my reconstuction surgery.

I still need to call the bra-fitting, post-mastectomy specialist, but just don't have the energy yet. With summer coming and swimsuit season almost here I really need to get moving on this, but I am not ready yet. Maybe it's just that it is cold out again. Spring in Maine is so unpredictable. We can go from 80 degrees to 40 degress in the matter of hours. So, in the absence of warmth outside I am posted some pictures of my pretty flowers (taken with new Nikon D5000 camera).

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