Blogtober 2.0, Cancer Diaries, Video Diaries
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It’s NOT a Boob Job

Day 10 of Blogtober is a video diary.  It’s a drive home with me from my surgeon’s office where I give a bit of an update on where I am up to since I had a bilateral mastectomy back in July this year.  I also express how I feel when it is ever deemed that I’m ‘lucky’ to be getting a ‘boob job’ [seriously… eye roll] and the differences between augmentation and reconstruction.

**Please note that the images in this blog cover photo (above) are NOT my breasts… it is the bruising and blood blistering down the sides of my body as a result of invasive surgery and two drains on each side.  It highlights that reconstruction following mastectomy, is NOT pretty.  It’s painful, it’s emotional, it’s challenging and it’s a LONG process with multiple surgeries.  However, I’m incredibly grateful that we as breast cancer fighters, survivors etc now have an opportunity to reconstruct post mastectomy, sure, it’s not easy but I’m mindful that it’s just one ‘piece’ or ‘part’ of my life and I know I’ll come through the other side  (just like chemo, radiotherapy etc four years ago).

About four weeks ago, a complication began which was really disheartening as things were going very smoothly and I was healing very well.  If you’d like to know more about the complication, you can catch up HERE.

Please excuse the terrible angle of my video diary… not flattering, but it’s not about a polished recording, it’s all about the words I speak…

 

Thank you for watching and here’s some information to finish on:

Augmentation/

The action or process of making or becoming greater in size or amount.

Reconstruction/

The action or process of reconstructing or being reconstructed – a thing that has been rebuilt after being damaged or destroyed.

Thank you for your support so far during Blogtober 2.0 – It truly means so much to me.

Love Bec x

P.S. Here is the Blogtober Index a central hub for all blogs this month.

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5 Comments

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  2. Hey Bec,

    You poor little thing, if it’s not f–king scary enough to be diagnosed with Breast C word but then all surgery and radio you’ve had to have, and then a wound! Your so incredibly brave, I loved your Sunday morning post btw, I love how you wrote about your movements of the morning, your routine of pancakes ect. I loved that post, and really enjoyed reading it!

    Bec, what would happen if you just healed? And didn’t have a reconstruction?

    Your beautiful gorgeous…….really. Healing and just learning to be is what you have taught me, not trying to search for better…..just being content, peacefully calm in our mind.

    I know this isn’t me going through it, but I think your gorgeous just being you! Boobs or no boobs…… just beautiful Bec.

    Sending so much love ❤️….
    Remember we are only promised today…so love it!

    Your amazing Bec, truly amazing 😘

    ❤️Bee 🐝 Xx

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    • Thanks Bee. I appreciate your kind words and I’m so glad that you both enjoy and take something from the words I write and the message I share 🙂

      With regard to your question. I had the first stage of reconstruction (expanders placed) at the time of my mastectomy. So it’s just a matter of healing. Everything will be ok, I don’t allow stress to stay for long in my heart, I focus on gratitude and get back to enjoying my life in which I am so so grateful to have after a run in with cancer twice. Truly just happy to be here – everything else will sort itself out in the way it’s meant to be evolve.

      Bec x

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  3. I hade my bilateral mastectomy in July as well. I agree, it’s not a boob job. That said, I feel extraordinarily lucky to have been able to have a deip flap reconstruction. My reconstructed breasts are smaller (D cup) than they were before (H cup) my bilateral mastectomy and that is a blessing I am so grateful for. It helps me immensely to see to silver lining and to view the reconstruction in a positive light. Even with the flap, I will also need another surgery to finish the reconstruction, and healing is an exercise in patience and trust. Thank you for sharing your experience. It’s helpful to know others my age are going through this at the exact same time.

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    • Hi Grace, thanks for your message. How are you feeling? Our option to reconstruct is absolutely a positivity, I couldn’t agree more… it’s a choice when during cancer we don’t get too many of those in the initial stages after our diagnosis. I always knew I could face complications having had radiotherapy after my first cancer… though, I truly believe I can get through this hiccup and get back on track to the original plan (yes, with loads of patience and trust in both my surgeon and in my body’s ability to heal). I wish you all the best with your ongoing recovery and further surgery. x

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