Healing + Happy

a13It’s been a really positive couple of days. Today I am feeling pretty great, actually.

All four of my drains have been removed. Woohoo! So happy to have those little guys gone. Living with appendages is so, so strange. The removal did not hurt a bit and having them gone has really decreased my pain level.

As part of my breast reconstruction, I also got my first fill of saline into the tissue expanders that were placed during my mastectomy. I have to say, the process is pretty amazing.  My “foobs” are looking pretty good…with clothes on they look completely normal and I don’t think anyone would have any idea that I had a double mastectomy less than two weeks ago. Even without clothes, they don’t look too bad. 🙂 I know that part will get better as they heal.

The expanders are a bit uncomfortable, but really not as bad as I expected. They will be swapped out with implants in a couple of months with a minor, outpatient surgery.

MOST importantly, the final pathology report had no surprises and no lymph node involvement! So…the plan from the oncologist is for me to take some medication for five years to prevent recurrence. I am very lucky to be avoiding traditional chemo and radiation.

The visit with the kids was awesome. Hardest part was having to say goodbye again, but I can’t wait to see them next week when I will be HOME for good! Being away has been one of the hardest parts of this whole thing, but I am so thankful for the quiet time to recover and the amazing doctors who have been caring for me. My parents and sisters have also been incredible and I am so appreciative of everything they have done to help me through this.

Big kudos as well to my husband, mother-in-law and all of our friends for holding down the fort at home. I know it has not been easy. Especially with all of the little fun extras life throws you (a case of head lice, broken A/C, the list goes on…). I feel so grateful for all of the help from our friends and neighbors, I just can’t say it enough. It does take a village and I am so lucky to have a great one.

Feeling very positive and looking forward to the next chapter.

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