I started this blog in April 2012 to track my journey toward surgery. In July 2012 I underwent a Bilateral Prophylactic Mastectomy with full reconstruction via DIEP flap. This was not a decision I took lightly. I did not have nor would I be a victim to breast cancer.
My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer while I was in college @1992. She had a mastectomy and radiation. Over the next few years the cancer metastasized to her bones. She had a hip replacement and many blood transfusions. Although well fought, she lost her battle in April 2002.
I had my first surgery in 1994. I remember being numb when I first felt the lump. I did not tell anyone for weeks until finally telling my best friend at the time. The lump turned out to be just a fibroid tumor and was removed. This was the first of several. The next was in 1998, 2002 and then June 2011. That is when abnormalities were found causing me to make some very tough decisions.