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, September 8, 2010

"More importantly, how does your husband like them?"

This is a post that has been waiting to come out. Maybe I am being a bit touchy, but when a friend's friend (male/55+) said, "More importantly, how does your husband like them?", I didn't take it well. I gave him just a cursory response, but later thought about the absolute thoughtlessness of this comment. He is great example of someone who truly doesn't get it. I did not have my breasts removed/replaced for any other reason than to reduce my risk of breast cancer. Going from a good B-cup to a small A-cup isn't about cosmetics. I've wondered what it is that I said that may have gotten him thinking I was in for enhancements. Anyway I just needed to get this off my chest!!

My blog is meant to be about my experience as a high-risk woman, diagnosed with LCIS (lobular carcinoma in situ) and when faced with my options, chose to have a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy with immediate DIEP reconstruction at Beth Israel Deaconness Hospital in Boston with the best doctors in the world (my opinion)! I have completed Stage I of my DIEP procedure. I still have one more surgery and two more office procedures before I am complete. Stage II is scheduled for November 5th.

My posts will continue, albeit sporadic since I have a pre-K daughter who attends school half-days and I am trying to fit my work into those short periods of time.

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