Jan 15, 2008

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Posted Jan 15, 2008 9:26pm

Happy New Year! (15 days late!)

So I FINALLY have a date! For my surgery, that is…not a secret night out. ;)

The magic day is February 15th. I’m excited to to finally find out, so I can get it over with. I still have to get scans at the end of the month, so hopefully everything looks good. Not sure if I ever mentioned what I will be having done for my reconstruction surgery, so here’s the short version: I’m getting a prohylactic mastectomy on my non-cancer side (i already did it on my cancer side!) since i am at high risk of it eventually striking that side, and then having tram flap reconstruction on both sides, which is a fancy way of saying that the surgeons will use my fat and some muscles from my belly to rebuild my chest. Its a long and complicated surgery because of all the micro surgery involved (the blood vessels all need to be reattached so there is a blood supply). Afterward i will be in intensive care for a few days, and then a regular room for a few more. So…not actually looking forward to the surgery and recovery, but it will be great to finish what is hopefully my last step for awhile. :)

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