My breast reconstruction process has been very interesting and comical! I’ve learned a lot throughout the process, but more importantly, I learned that the big boob life is not for me! The people spoke and I listened…B for Becky (thank you Beth Moran) and C for Chris (thank you Katie and Lou)! Definitely a toss up! I was truly torn…haha.
During my mastectomy surgery, my plastic surgeon put in expanders, which are essentially bags with magnetic/metal ports. Through the ports, they inject saline into the expanders, allowing for the cup size that I desired.
My friend, Morgan, took me to get my first fill and we literally watched my breasts grow right in front of our eyes. It was the funniest/coolest thing…modern medicine is pretty crazy! For the next four weeks, I continued to get expansions. Once I was at a size that I liked, I decided to get one more expansion because I heard they can look smaller after the exchange surgery. As soon as I got home, I dramatically tried on a ton of clothes and everything looked so weird on me! My friend Annie and I could not stop laughing because they looked rather odd on my body. The next day, I returned to the doctors to get some saline removed. The doctor told me she was not surprised that I came back because she thought my body was too petite and they no longer looked natural after the last fill. The whole situation was rather comical. I never thought I would have to pick what size cup I wanted to be, but here I am…making big life decisions (.)(.)
Fast forward two months, a ton of traveling and it’s now time for me to get my exchange surgery!! On Monday, I’ll be going in and getting my final implants! This is the “fun” surgery! I never thought I would be excited for a surgery, but I am!! It’s been an odd thing to walk around with bags (or what I like to call water beds) inside your chest. Needless to say, it will be a huge relief.
Thank you all for your continued support, prayers, love, and encouragement I’m so happy this breast cancer journey is coming to an end….it’s the best feeling! Never have I felt so relieved. I still can’t wrap my mind around the fact that I had this disease, but beat it. I’m so fortunate to have had the best of the situation. This was by far the best decision I ever made! I had hesitations and regrets at first but, looking back, the pain, the tears, the stress, the money….100% worth it. I’m so blessed!
Love you all...so so so very much!!