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, May 1, 2010

Week 5 - Day 6

Today was another great day. Down to one round of Advil and two rounds of Tylenol. The real test came today. As you can see I passed. It was really important to me to be able to ride my bike and I did it today. No pain. No discomfort. Joy!! I loved it. My ride was short, but absolutely perfect!!

On the family side, JieJie had her first official riding lesson this morning. She had fun, so we will most likely sign her up for a bit of horse camp when she gets out of school. It feels good to see her so happy. I also want to sign her up for an art camp since she is so creative and happpy when she is doing art.

Then we will be off to camp for the summer without high speed internet. We actually have dial-up service. After a few years of going without internet, I decided that I could live with dial-up - so much better than nothing at all. Being isolated on a beautiful lake in the easternmost county in the US is great, but also lonely, so being connected is great.

JieJie's first communion is coming up at the end of the month, so my wonderful and thoughtful aunt stopped by to drop off a gift for her. I love my aunts. I am so lucky to have my aunts and my girls are so very lucky to have great aunts. They really are GREAT!!

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