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, June 16, 2010


Today I noticed that I can give hugs without cringing. Can you believe that for years - yes, years - I haven't been able to hug anyone without my breasts hurting? They were always sore and tender. Over the years I gave up coffee, chocolate and anything that I thought might be causing my breasts to be sore. Nothing worked.

Cystic breasts are cystic breasts. And the cysts caused my breasts pain. Pain when running, pain when sleeping and pain when hugging.

So today is a great day!! Even though I have given and received tons of hugs since coming home, I had still kind of protected my breasts when doing it. Until today! I am thrilled. I can give bear hugs!!

This week was also a turning point in other areas as well. First, I haven't had a cup of coffee all week. I love coffee and I don't have to worry about it's effect on my lobules or ducts any more. But I didn't feel like I needed it. For the past month I have craved it and have had a couple of cups a day, but something changed. I don't know what it was, but my body isn't craving it anymore and I am taking advantage of not having to spend the extra time drinking it. The second turning point is that I realize I am back to being me. It is amazing how the body can bounce back from such a big surgery. I do realize that I am lucky and blessed beyond belief to have had such a speedy and uneventful recovery.

A quick note to my regular readers. I will be away for much of the summer and will post even more sporadically, but in September I will begin again. With my Stage 2 surgery scheduled for November I will be posting more frequently at that point. So, have a great summer.  I will be lakeside with Jie Jie and Mei Mei and loving every minute of it. With no worries of breast cancer or surgery, I can relax and enjoy the most important things in life.

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