- Commuter Husband and I just had the most romantic Saturday night at Hotel St. Germain
- My brother had flown in from Seattle to assist in whatever way he could
- Offers of help and support were beyond anything I could have imagined
- And I was headed to the hospital for a bi-lateral mastectomy with no reconstruction - my chosen treatment for early stage breast cancer
What did I underestimate?
- I did not realize (accept) it would take 3 full months to heal
- I would need meds for 3 months to get through the nerve damage
- Thus, I should have spread those awesome meals given to us out over a couple months
- I was nuts to fly to Atlanta the weekend after surgery and more nuts to snow ski one month after surgery although I would do it again -- which, I guess, makes me nuts still - ha!
- I did not fully understand the extra skin, tissue and dog ears that would be left - I thought my chest would be perfectly flat
What did I get right?
- I chose the exact right treatment for me
- I went to Baylor and had a great surgeon
- I asked for and accepted help
- I was open and honest with Oldest Son and Youngest Son
- I had chosen the right kind of man to say and do all the right things in that moment
- I shared my journey
What has changed?
- I think I dress better because I have all these rocking scarves given to me by the many thoughtful and kind women in my life
- I am more focused on my body being fit thus I eat better (working towards organic) and walk regularly with a few runs thrown in
- I only drink one cup of coffee a day - HUGE change for me!
- My tendency to seek new experiences is even stronger
What do I want other women with breast cancer to know from my journey?
- Living breast-free is an option - explore it - think about it
What do Oldest Son and Youngest Son say?
- Youngest Son matter-of-factly states "You haven't changed after it."
- Oldest Son reflects "For awhile everything was different. You were out of commission, sometimes grumpy but now things are the same."
What did Oldest Son say when I asked if he was ever scared?
- "No, I knew if anyone could get through it you could."