Cancer previvors are individuals who have a predisposition to cancer but who haven't yet had the disease. This group includes people who carry a proven inherited mutation, have a family history of cancer that defines them as high risk, or have another predisposing factor.
After a concerning mammogram ,breast biopsy, extensive genetic testing and an overlook of a very cancerous family tree, I made the choice to undergo a Bilateral Mastectomy with Axillary Node Dissection.
Volunteering to have your breasts removed in order to prevent a future cancer diagnosis takes an emotional tole on any Woman. Making the decision is the first step, then undergoing the surgery next. Yet the most poignant chapter of this story is learning how to love your body all over again.
If you or someone you know has an increased risk of developing breast cancer, talk to your doctor. You have options, you have a choice and you are not alone in your journey.
Nobody enjoys setting up their mammogram appointment. We may have more motivation if a free stack of pancakes was included. Being proactive about our health can be daunting and something we often procrastinate.
We love to plan parties, vacations, weddings and even our High School's 10th Reunion get together. But does anybody really want to plan their Mastectomy Surgery? After going through 3 waves of Dr's I found my surgeon A Team!
You've planned. You've organized. You've ugly cried. You've shopped. Emotional whiplash seems like an appropriate term for this period leading up to the big day. You've cleaned your house like an Italian in a 12 step program for battling with OCD and you are ready!
Embrace your inner octopus for three weeks! It’s in an inevitable part of your post surgery recovery. Organization and scheduling is key! So grab those safety pins or drain holders!
It‘s time for a mini vacation! Let your spouse or family members cater to you during your recovery and healing period. Now I’m not saying go out and grab a bell to start ringing every five minutes because you have a small itch. Allow your family to assist you!
Flat, implants, flap reconstruction, recovery times, surgery lengths. Yes it’s a big decision! So take your time, ask a billion questions and explore all your options!
Bravery is only a small percentage.