Posts in category "BRCA"

Nipples: Part deux

Well, I know you are all waiting, holding your breath as to what my decision was regarding my nipple dilemma. Seriously I pray none of you actually gave it a thought today but if you did I have an announcement to make: I chose Option 1. Why you ask? Well, I’m happy to tell you.... Read more »

Nipples, nips or whatever you want to call them: do I really need them now??

Nipples, nips or whatever you want to call them: do I really need them now??
Yep, I am writing about nipples. Not a subject that I woke up thinking I would write about today but as the day wore on, I have had to evaluate their necessity. Tomorrow I am headed to my friendly neighborhood plastic surgeon for my final phase of my breast reconstruction. Nipples. Once upon a time... Read more »

A normal day, a normal life

Right now I am sitting in a hotel room in Hartford, WI. I’ve been in my PJ’s since 6pm, working and entering orders on my computer from a busy work day. I drove around 175 miles today, listened to the audio CD of “Bossypants” by Tina Fey and went on two sales calls. I wrote... Read more »
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Breast reconstruction, surgeries and the never ending stream of scars: enough already!

Breast reconstruction, surgeries and the never ending stream of scars: enough already!
Dear God, Hi. How ya doing? Good but super busy? I can only imagine. I know you have lots on your plate and that my request is maybe not high on your priority list but one can hope. Right? Can’t I? Hope is what this little journey  of mine has been all about. Tomorrow big... Read more »

Fear: The one thing I will not allow to take over my life, hard as it has been

Fear: The one thing I will not allow to take over my life, hard as it has been
Every month Chicagonow has what is called a “Blogapalooza”. We are given a topic and we have one hour to write about it. This month’s topic: ”Write about fear, or lack thereof, and the role it has played in any aspect of your life.”  What a perfect subject for me. In his first inaugural address President... Read more »

Breast Reconstruction and the pain in the ass known as expanders

Breast Reconstruction and the pain in the ass known as expanders
Earlier this month I wrote about my recent mastectomy. It was very soon after I had the surgery and wondered how I’d be feeling after awhile. Many ladies out there will understand the feeling that I used to have taking my bra off at the end of a long day. You know, that moment when... Read more »
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Bye Bye Boobies: finding the silver lining of my mastectomy

Bye Bye Boobies: finding the silver lining of my mastectomy
Think of the tune from “Bye Bye Birdie” while reading this as that’s how I’ve been searching for humor in this odyssey that began in June. Only sub the word “boobies” instead of “birdie”. It’s quite catchy. Last Tuesday I underwent a bilateral double mastectomy with the first stage of reconstruction. It’s a fancy way... Read more »

Boobs, breasts, hooters, knockers and facing losing mine

During October and the besiege of all things pink and about Breast Cancer, there was a commercial that really struck me. It spoke of the lifelong relationship a woman has with her breasts. Well, I beg to differ. In 28 days I will no longer have my breasts, boobs, tata’s or whatever you want to... Read more »

The end of the BRCA series: a wrap up

Wow, what a month. When I first decided to do a series on the BRCA gene I really didn’t realize what was involved. Looking back I will never regret a second of it. But I do have some thoughts on the month. First, my guest posters. My amazing, brave group of women (and one man!)... Read more »
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Cancer: a time to realize who your friends really are

This whole month my blog has been devoted to raising awareness about the genetic mutation known as BRCA. Each weekday I had a guest post appear, written by someone who is also afflicted with this gene. I wanted to help people. I wanted to alert people to get tested and take necessary action to prevent... Read more »