I can’t believe it is already August 1st. Almost two months since surgery, so I figured it was time for an update.
Surgery was June 8th. I was in the hospital until the 10th. Everyone at South Texas Surgical Hospital was wonderful. If you are local and have a choice, I highly recommend it.
Both surgeons were very pleased with the results. I have yet to look in the mirror and probably won’t until after my next surgery. Both of my doctors know and support my decision to not look. I have looked down and it freaks me out, so I think I think it’s better for me to just wait.
I have already had two expansions. My most recent was today. My plastic surgeon said that I probably only need one more expansion and then about six weeks after that, I’ll have my next surgery to take the expanders out and put in the permanent implants. I have 500 cc expanders and we have already put in 420 ccs of saline in each one. I’m ready to wear real bras again instead of sports bras.
The next step after that will be nipples. I have a couple of options there and am still looking at what will be best for me. Hopefully, all of this will be finished up by the end of the year.
I do need to visit with my gynecologist about having my ovaries removed, but I will do that at my annual appointment in October.
Overall, I’m still glad that I did this. The pain and the soreness are worth not having to worry every six months about breast cancer showing up again. I was very lucky that my cancer was caught early. I’m just ready for all of these doctor visits to be over. I know that I will see them several times over the next few years, but hopefully, those will all be quick, happy checkups.
I’ve known this day was coming since February when I received my genetic test results, but now we have a surgery date. June 8th, 2011 I will be having my prophylactic bilateral mastectomy with expander reconstruction. I will be in the hospital a couple of days and then will be at home for 4-6 weeks.
Over the next month, I will be cleaning up my office and make arrangements for the duties that must be done while I’m gone and figure out what can wait. Thankfully, the taxes are done (corporate and individual). The taxes (as well as Jason and Haley’s school schedules) were the main reason for waiting.
I talked to my big boss today (I have 4, but only one actually oversees my work) and he told me that he will meet with me several times over the next month, so we can work everything out. He said that he would even spend more time in the office if necessary, so that I won’t worry about things getting done. We’ll see how that works out.
I need to make an appointment with my plastic surgeon to go over what exactly is going to happen. I have a pretty good idea from researching the internet and from April’s blog. She has been a lifesaver to me. She has even been brave enough to post pictures and I hope she realizes how much that has helped me.
I would love to be able to provide the same type of support, but all I can think about is my husband’s students finding the pictures. Password protecting the pictures would be an option, but I wonder how many women would actually email me for the password. That is something I need to decide in the next month.
Hopefully, I will update y’all each week leading up to the surgery. I’m sure that I’m going to get more nervous as it gets closer, but I do know that this is the best thing for me.