All posts filed under: Video Diaries

Hair Loss: To Wig or not to Wig

Hair loss is such a big topic when it comes to breast cancer or any cancer that has this devastating side effect.  There are so many facets I could cover relating to emotions alone, however, this post will focus on the wigs that I chose and what I found to be the best regarding real vs synthetic hair (I knew nothing until I had both and could draw a real comparison from my experience) – I wish this blog was available to me when I had to choose, so I hope this helps you or someone you may know facing hair loss and baldness. I’m splitting this blog into three parts… PART A This section is short and sweet (or not so sweet actually) – these images are when my hair started to fall out profusely… In the shower, on my pillow, in the bathroom – EVERYWHERE!  Pulling clumps out of my hair still gives me a lump in my throat and choosing to shave it when the shedding started, was the most empowering thing …

Weekly Wrap and Ramble

Hi there I hope you’ve all had a beautiful soulful Sunday.  On Friday night I recorded this video diary so that my blogging wouldn’t impose on Family time. It was meant to be a weekly wrap alone, but it ended up being a bit of a random open discussion about a few things, finally finishing with a weekly wrap and some thoughts or highlights about the blogs that were posted this past week.   I hope your week ahead is filled with loads of great things. Love Bec x For more Blogtober posts, you can find them in the BLOGTOBER INDEX – HERE.   © Copyright 2018 becbraid    

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 …

A Hiccup in my Reconstructive Process…

Three video diaries recorded on 19th September 2018 I’m sadly having a little hiccup in my reconstructive process at present <insert sad face>. My videos will explain what is going on. Video 1 – On the way to my surgeon, I explain the hiccup/glitch/set-back I am experiencing and what I anticipate for that appointment. Video 2 – Straight after my appointment – WARNING – I actually shed a few tears during this video, I thought I was ok, then I started talking and I realised I wasn’t.  It was an emotional release that highlighted that what I am am experiencing is extremely disheartening for me. Video 3 – I check back in after the tears with a little more perspective and acceptance – Feeling a little more balanced and refreshed.       So there you go – there’s the latest with where I am up to on this crazy adventure that life through Breast Cancer has asked me to go on… Please pray/keep your fingers crossed that I can heal up naturally and get …

Tissue-Expander Fill – Breast Reconstruction

A video diary from 30th and 31st August 2018 Here you will find two video diaries where I take you through the experience of my ‘fills’ – my emotions, my thoughts and also an explanation of the overall process. This is the first phase of breast reconstructive surgery post bilateral mastectomy to prepare the skin ahead of the exchange surgery in a few months. Video diary 1 – 30th August – The night before my fill   Video diary 2 – 31st August – 10 minutes after my fill   Love Bec x

Too Much Too Soon

Sometimes we want to bounce back from various facets of life that have temporarily put the brakes on things.  For me, I found myself under the weather (as you will see in the below video diary) just shy of my 6 weeks post surgery.  Life had to resume to some form of normality (well so I thought) and I was jumping out of my skin to get everything in terms of family life and routine back on track, after I’d been down and out from my second diagnosis of breast cancer and my subsequent surgery for a bilateral mastectomy – I was just craving normal. Goes to show, if we ‘jump’ too soon, our body will certainly pull us up.  Here’s my diary about the message my body sent me to ‘woo up’!  You just can’t rush some things – patience is a virtue!   Slow things down if your body is telling you it needs a break!! Love Bec x

The Day Before My Bilateral Mastectomy…

Well the time has come where I am saying, “One more sleep!”  Tomorrow I embark on the first stage of kicking cancer to the curb for the second time.  Around lunch time tomorrow, I will be undergoing a bilateral mastectomy, sentinel node biopsy and the first stage of reconstructive surgery. I’ve recorded another video diary during the blissful afternoon I had at home (alone).  I am so blessed that my family respected my need for space this afternoon to do what I need to do to get my mind ready for tomorrow.  In saying that, I wasn’t even sure what it was I needed to do, but my goodness I’m so glad I had some down time, some quiet time to myself. You can even tell I was relaxed during the recording, because when I watched it back, I was talking soooooo slowly – so clearly I was very zen! Yay! My afternoon that followed the below video diary was incredible.  I was able to cry, move slowly, pack my bag, listen to music, watch …