December 5, 2015: Exchange Surgery

Yesterday, I took another step closer to completing my journey against breast cancer. My temporary breast expanders were replaced with permanent implants. I guess it’s fair to say I have boobies again! 😊


It’s my understanding that my surgery was a success. I didn’t have to have drains put back in which is a huge answer to prayer. The doctor did find a muscle tear and was able to stitch it to see if it was what might have been causing the fluid leak. We will continue to pray for this. 


After surgery had some rough spots. My shoulder that I had surgery on doesn’t approve of having that arm pinned above my head during surgery. It decided to throw a huge fit afterwards. It took a while to get the pain and muscle spasms under control, but they did. I also haven’t been able to eat yet without getting sick. Not fun! I’ve tried to go on several walks, but I get nauseated and then dizzy and my walk comes to an abrupt end. Please pray I can get past these hurdles this morning, so I’ll be able to go home. 


This journey has not been quick, easy or painless. It has taught me so much though. I’ve learned to laugh and dance in the rain. I’ve learned it’s okay to mourn as long as you also find time to celebrate. I’ve had a strong-see-me-through-it-all-to-the-very-end support system that just can’t be thanked enough. I’ve had some who’ve come and gone but were there at the exact right moment when they were. I’ve had a God who has given me strength when I had none, courage to face this head on when I’d rather it not have been part of my life’s story, and has been my true, steadfast friend through everything even those things no one else knows about. God’s great at listening! 


God’s ways are greater than my ways. His plans for my life are good. His faithfulness is great! 


Please continue to keep us all in your thoughts and prayers as I heal from this surgery and prepare for the next one to take place in 8-10 weeks from now. Thank you.  



About courage2conquercancer

At the age of 40, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. This is an account of my journey from my discovery and beyond.
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