Tomorrow is a big day!! After a lot of thought and consideration (and a preview of my health care plan for next year), I’ve made a really big decision. I’m finally moving forward with getting my reconstruction surgery done. It’s time to make right what cancer made wrong!
Disclaimer: I’d stop reading now if you don’t want to know the intimate details of what I’m having done.
When most people think of reconstruction, I think they associate it with a result of having a mastectomy. That is true, but what some people may not know is that you may also require reconstruction following a lumpectomy….much like me.
I wouldn’t go as far as saying I’m severely deformed from my two surgeries, but my right boob definitely doesn’t look right. Fortunately for me, my tumor was on the underside of my boob directly below my nipple, so unless you’re looking at me topless (which is only reserved for a select group of people :) ), you’d never know I had anything wrong with me. I can wear a bra, swimsuit, cleavage bearing top, you name it…and look completely normal.
All of the tissue that was removed during my lumpectomy surgeries was taken from the bottom of my boob. A normal women’s boob, much like my left one, is rounded at the bottom. Mine is not. It’s very flat and pulls in slightly, or significantly, depending on what I’m doing. My scar is about 2 inches long starting from where my nipple ends and goes all the way down to my chest wall. Because my scar tissue is tethered to my chest wall, it can hurt if my boob is pulled to far in one direction and it pulls my nipple downwards at certain times…which for me is the most annoying.
So tomorrow a few different things will be happening.
First, my plastic surgeon will be removing all of the dead scar tissue and any tissue damaged from radiation. Because my nipple pulls downward now, he’ll also be doing a breast lift…in order to make everything look back to normal.
Then, he’ll do the exact same thing to my left side, my good boob. So yes, I’ll be getting a reduction and lift on both sides. I’ll have super perky and potentially really small boobs at this point.
Finally, he’ll attempt to put a small implant in on my cancer side. If it looks like my lumpectomy scar isn’t too strained from the implant and will heal cleanly, he’ll leave the implant in and put one on my good side as well. If it looks like the scar won’t heal correctly with the implant in, he’ll leave them out and I’ll have to have a follow up surgery in a few months. So it’ll be a surprise what I wake up with tomorrow afternoon.
So, stay tuned! I’ll write a post-surgery recap in about a week and let you all know what actually happens tomorrow. Photos from 100 weeks post chemo are below………