Post-Op Bilateral Prophylactic Mastectomy

Day 18 Post OP

So made more progress on our Disney trip!  We will be staying at the Disney Animal Kingdom Villas-Kidani Village. I booked both the park tickets, dining plan and air transportation.  We decided after the year that we have had that we are going all out on this family vacation! Disney is still a company who understands the importance of customer service.  I spoke with a gentlemen, (Dante was his name) who was just fantastic.  I even spent the time to take the survey after to make sure I told them so..everyone takes the time when the experience is bad we all should make sure to say when it is good!

What is funny is when he asked “so how is your summer going so far?”  Of course he is just making pleasant conversation while waiting for the computer to process reservations.  What ran through my head was, well very busy to be honest Dante.  I recently spent a week in the hospital where I had my breasts removed and then refilled with fat from my abdomen.  I have an enormous amount of stitches that run from on end of my stomach to the other and my boobs are really a sight to behold.  NOW, people who know me know that often things will fly out of my mouth sometimes without thinking and other time just to get a reaction.  But in this case, I held back and gave the standard, “not too much”.  I wonder how our interaction would have changed had I given my actual thoughts as the answer?

Some people think that I am insensitive in how I discuss my surgery.  If I offend anyone I am sorry and it is not my intention.  I also realize I can not relate to anyone who has cancer and has been forced into certain decisions.  For me, especially after now having the final pathology reports know that I made the right decision.  The boobs are only flesh that can be pretty easily replaced…bottom line is that had I not removed them they would have eventually tried to hurt me!

Not too much to update today…the abdomen continues to heal nicely.  What a beautiful incision.  The boobs hurt still.  My mobility continues to improve.

My girls come home from their shore vacation today.  I have missed my babies!

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5 thoughts on “Day 18 Post OP”

  1. Programed questions are usually answered with the real honest truth IMHO. If they do not like the answer, do not ask the question. I am so glad you are doing well and are not holding back. When you speak of this surgery others who might be in the same situation can learn from your example. Stay strong and keep up the good fight.

  2. Thank you for your blog! I get from different people (for me to NOT do the PBM) because I have no family history, yet the 85% risk of breast cancer still haunts me. I get much strength from reading your story. Thank you!

  3. I am so glad that reading my blog helps provide some strength for you. I guess it is easy for others to have any opinion they like but at the end of the day they do not have to live with the agonizing weight of “when will I get cancer”. A risk of 85% is exactly that..not if but when it will happen. My risk going in was 50-50 but with what they found in the pathology my risk would have grown. I could never imagine telling you that you should not do something that has little side effect but has a plus side of 90-95% reduction is breast cancer risk. Don’t worry about what others say…you are all that matters! Good luck to you!
    Christine

    P.S- Disney is going to be so much more fun knowing I will not be thinking about breast cancer for the first time in several years!

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