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BRA Day 2016

BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) Day 2016

A little over a year ago, I had to make the decision about breast reconstruction after I had a double mastectomy. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. After much prayer and discussion, my husband, Juan, introduced me to a co-worker who went through a DIEP Flap Reconstruction after her double mastectomy. We were at lunch with Pammy and Ty, her husband. They poured out their story to us. When they were finished, Pammy said to me, "C'mon!" She led me into the family bathroom at Cantina Laredo and took her top and bra off so that I could see what reconstruction looks like!! I burst into tears!! I had NO idea. She was beautiful! I had more questions, which she patiently answered. She told me to touch them so that I could feel how real they were. I had a renewed hope!
Life After Breast Cancer

Life After Breast Cancer

I will continue to bring awareness to breast cancer. Your diagnosis, treatment plan, and overall journey will be unique to you. I never dream to compare our journeys. I have written this blog to give ideas, to be available for questions and support and to show that diagnosed early, breast cancer is a treatable disease. I hope you will reach out--if not to me, maybe to someone close to you that can support you in your journey. However, I am here if you need to talk. Leave a comment or send me an email.
DIEP Flap Reconstruction Surgery

My DIEP Flap Reconstruction Surgery

My surgery was scheduled for noon. I checked into the hospital at 9:30a. The plastic surgeon's office called to see if we were on our way. Dr. Fallucco himself met us in the waiting room. Surgery was being moved up because he finished his earlier procedure. I bypassed the prep area and went directly upstairs to the holding area to prep there. I gave a urine sample, changed into a gown and footies. The holding area was a very tight space! We went through all the necessary questions, blood pressure and insertion of the IV. Dr. Fallucco came in. He had me stand up. He did his purple markings on my chest and torso.

Post-op Visits with Surgeon and Radiation Specialist

Hindsight is always 20/20. Could I have had a lumpectomy and sentinel node removal? Yes. However, their would always be doubt. I did not want to second guess and dread every mammogram in the future. I am 100% happy with my decision to go through with the double mastectomy although the decision did not come lightly. It is the toughest decision I have ever had to make!! It was through prayer, listening to God and talking it through with my husband, Juan that I was able to move forward.

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