Posts tagged "mastectomy"

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 »

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 »

What a difference a day makes

What a difference a day makes
Each month we have what we call a “blogapalooza” hour. We are given a subject and have a short time to write about it. Our subject tonight is “what have you learned or experienced since you woke up this morning?” It’s ironic that this was the subject as today I happened to learn a lot... 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 »

Elaisa: BRCA1 positive and a young mother determined to live for her children

Elaisa: BRCA1 positive and a young mother determined to live for her children
I am a 33 year old wife, mother of two, daughter, sister, and Regional Manager for multi-family housing.  I enjoy cooking, baking, going to garage sales, shopping, and watching NFL (go Colts!) and college basketball (go IU!). Written by Elaisa Trendelman I like to laugh and if I can make others laugh then I feel... Read more »
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Joanna: BRCA1 positive and never a doubt how to handle it

Joanna: BRCA1 positive and never a doubt how to handle it
Joanna Montgomery is a blogger for The Huffington Post. This story appeared on July 16, 2013. Since that time Joanna has undergone a mastectomy which she wrote about in this story. It touched me so, I contacted her and she agreed to have this post appear on my blog. She refers to herself as a... Read more »

Jennifer: The shock of a breast cancer diagnosis while waiting for her BRCA test results

Jennifer is married and lives in Massachusetts with her husband and young daughter. Since this was written, Jennifer has completed her mastectomy surgery. She has had a difficult time healing having contracted an infection which resulted in her being hospitalized. She is recovering nicely now and continuing with her treatment.  Written by Jennifer Ward Mitchell When... Read more »

Sally: A mastectomy discovered what mammograms and MRI's missed

My name is Sally Pietig. I also carry the BRCA1 gene. I’m a wife, mother, sister, dental hygienist and I have breast cancer at 34 years old. Here is my story… By Sally Pietig My mom had breast cancer when she was 38(alive now at 62)and her sister died at 54 of ovarian cancer. Neither... Read more »
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BRCA genetic testing: Angelina Jolie and I have something in common

BRCA genetic testing: Angelina Jolie and I have something in common
All of us at one time or another have life defining or life changing moments. What we do with those moments is up to us and us alone. The moment you decide to have a child. The moment you accept or refuse a marriage proposal. The moment a person commits a crime. Cheats on their... Read more »