6 months ago today, I had a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy. It’s been almost a year since I first met with my surgeons for the initial consultations. How that’s possible? I’m just not really sure.
But in many ways, that “chapter” of my life already seems so long ago. And it’s not just me. I ran into a friend at work today and when he asked how I was doing and I mentioned this milestone, he said “really? That’s it?” It was so life-engulfing for so many months, and now, it’s done. Sure there’s follow ups and possible touch ups, but the big big part? Done. And what a relief that is.
I feel like I should have something more profound to say, but I really don’t. I’m almost back to my pre surgery self. Or as much as I can be, or want to be, after going through such a life-impacting experience. I’m being ridiculously overly cautious, but with good reason, and when I hit the 3 month post exchange mark here in a few weeks I’ll feel comfortable slowly building back up my strength and endurance. That’s definitely my biggest weakness right now. It’s been tough being so sedentary but I just don’t feel comfortable potentially jeopardizing anything! But that will be the final “check box” to being “back.” Oh and I’m also getting fitted for bras as I come up on the 3 month post op mark – that’s promises to be an experience! Because even these top of the line fabulous foobs are still that… Foobs!
In non-boob BRCA related news, I see my gyn-onc next month accompanied by a CA-125 and ultrasound. Also see my plastic surgeon for that matter. Three trips to the hospital in a week and a half, but not terrible at all given the wonderful break I’ve had lately! I’ll be sure to update after those.
Well that’s pretty much all I can think of to talk about – I’ll take that as a good sign! Doing well in all aspects, and feeling so truly, incredibly blessed to be at this point!