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.

Friday, March 29, 2013


Today marks the three year anniversary of my PBM + DIEP. It has been an awesome three years. I would not have changed a thing, well, with the exception of my 'sensitivity to morphine'. Looking back, this whole experience was a bump in road, although at the time it seemed as if it was a wall, a huge obstacle to get over. I know what it feels like to be diagnosed with something that does not offer a clear solution. Because I had options I often wondered if taking the route of PBM + DIEP would be overdoing it. Now, three years later, I can continue to say that it was the best thing I ever did for myself and my family. There are no more MRIs, no more ultrasounds, no more mammograms and no more appointments with a breast surgeon. I don't miss any of that. Most of all there are no more worries about if or when breast cancer might take hold of my life. I am happy!!
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