About three years ago, I had a double mastectomy that would be quickly followed by 6 months of chemo and several breast surgeries to reconstruct my breasts. On the days leading up to a double mastectomy, I don’t remember having the chance to think about what life would be like three years later. Life seemed to happen in fast forward back then and more normal-like these days.
The Best Thing:
- “No sign of disease” – great words to hear!!
The Good Things:
- I had an amazing female breast surgeon (Dr. Mary Brian if you’re in the DFW area) and a fabulous plastic surgeon (Dr. Rumalla). They did great work; therefore, I have pretty great looking fake boobs.
- I had a legit tattoo artist. I didn’t think nipple tattoos would make a difference physiologically. I was wrong. Great decision.
- We developed the Recovery Tee that has helped so many other women get through a mastectomy a little kinder and gentler.
- I still have to check in once a year to get these boobies pressed and prodded. There’s always that lurking fear they will find something, and I’ll be right back where I started.
- I’ve become somewhat of a touch-me-not. I’m not all about the hug that I once was, but if you’re struggling and need comfort, I’ll sacrifice for you.
- Running isn’t as fun as it used to be. Like not at all.
- The nagging pain that never seems to go away. Thankfully, I’ve found an amazing chiropractor, Dr. Danielle Hawkins. If it wasn’t for all her help, I think I’d have a broken shoulder or be so miserable doing life would be torture. I don’t know what all is wrong, but she’s fixing me.
- There’s an uncomfortable part to having fake boobs. I don’t think I was prepared for always dealing with these foreign objects in my body that just don’t feel or behave naturally. They might look real to others, but they are just weird to me.
All in all, I’d say I’m in a great place. Even with some of the negatives, I think I’d do it all over again if I could go back in time and make the decision again.
My hope is that with more and more research less and less women have to have mastectomies.