So… Chemo or Nah…?

Well, I hope that those of you who are on this journey with me are prepared. It's time to buckle up your seat belts and settle in for a long flight. First, some good news: I GOT MY DRAINS OUT! I never thought I'd see the day!! And I am so. Freaking. Happy. Life is... Continue Reading →

Plastic Surgeon #3 and Post-Ops 1 and 2

This is kind of a long post that includes a journal entry from June 6 followed by a more recent update on post-op appointments from today. I met with Plastic Surgeon Number 3 yesterday. This one, Dr. Michael Robinson, does DIEP flap procedures. A DIEP flap is where they take skin and fat from the... Continue Reading →

Post Surgery Update

Well, it's been a few days since the surgery and all seems to be going according to plan. Including the fact that my breasts look like they've been blurred for censorship in a made-for-TV movie. But I'll get into that a little later. The first couple of days after the surgery are a little bit... Continue Reading →

Bye Bye, Boobies

Tomorrow, I am heading into surgery to have a double mastectomy and to have tissue expanders put in place to start the reconstruction process (I can't believe this is finally happening!). So, I thought I would share this post I wrote a few weeks back as a little tribute to the breasts that built me.... Continue Reading →

My Story On Depression

So, I'm gonna be honest here: Kate Spade's death hit me a little harder than it should have. I know people sometimes cry over celebrities' deaths but I've never really been one to do that. I didn't know this woman. I only recently started being able to *sometimes* afford her handbags. Hell, she hasn't even... Continue Reading →

Action Jackson

Yes, I know the title is lame, but I'm running out of ideas. This is from May 16. One thing, the only thing, I’ve learned that keeps me sane throughout this process is action. I need something to be happening at all times. I need to have an appointment on the calendar. I need to... Continue Reading →

Emotional Basketcase

This was written May 8-ish. I have officially decided to do a full mastectomy. At this point, the benefits just seem to outweigh the risks. The tumor is too large for a lumpectomy, so reconstruction of the breast is necessary. By law, North Carolina insurance companies must pay to match or reconstruct breasts after a... Continue Reading →

MRI Results

This was written on May 1. Dr. Turk had called me earlier that day to tell me that the MRI had picked up another mass and he was "officially unofficially" recommending a mastectomy and he put in a referral for a plastic surgeon. A couple of days (or maybe it was a week?? I don't... Continue Reading →

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