surgery

Breast reconstruction can be a tricky thing. For those of you facing tissue expanders, know that it’s completely temporary. What you see is NOT what you’ll get. Your reconstructed breasts will look and feel completely different from your tissue expanders. I’ve heard it said that you cannot have reconstruction before radiation. This is a half-truth: […] Read more…

Milestones are usually reserved to mark achievements: a significant birthday, a particular anniversary, something you’ve accomplished at work… But a milestone in cancer treatment is HUGE! Much bigger than people give them credit for. I would set events or activities I knew I wanted to do at the end of my treatments. When I got […] Read more…

There are things I wish someone had told me about chemo, mastectomy surgery, and radiation therapy that are not necessarily life or death, but certainly would have helped before I got to each treatment in my journey. I’m trying my best to remember some of the random and weird things that I’ve come across during […] Read more…

I wasn’t sure going into surgery what type of mastectomy I’d be having; skin-sparing was one the surgeon immediately suggested, but I was hoping for nipple-sparing if it was at all possible. Ultimately, my goal is to have the surgery that would give me the best chance of survival, so my heart was ready for […] Read more…

I hate waiting as much as the next person. But waiting for cancer surgery, especially a double mastectomy at 31, is both a blessing and a curse. I’m looking forward to it because the cancer will officially be OUT of my body. However, I’m having to try and wrap my head around the fact that […] Read more…