Thursday, October 30, 2008


I had my consultation with a plastic surgeon today to go over my options regarding lumpectomy and mastectomy.
First of all, I need to share something that before now only Mike and I knew. Yes people, my boobs are perfect! Jen will verify as she was there when the plastic surgeon measured me and told me so - ha ha!

Anyway, besides discussing my fabulousness, the nurse and the surgeon filled me with all sorts of information, which is flying around my head in crazy fashion. Jen again took notes for me, so I can give you the skinny:

I'm not a candidate for reconstruction that involves tissue from my back or stomach because I don't have enough fat - I thought it would be great to get a tummy tuck and a boob job, but the nurse said "it ain't no tummy tuck" . This can affect your core abdominal muscles and I can't have those compromised because I lift Connor all the time. So, should I decide on the mastectomy, it will be silicone city. Fine by me. I was encouraged to only think in terms of one side as they said they could make sure both sides look symmetrical. If I decide on lumpectomy, my breast may shrink or become misshapen due to radiation. I can have something done to fix this 6 months to a year after radiation is completed.

We saw lots of pictures of reconstructions and new nipples and nipple tattoos - overwhelming. Those of you who went to dinner with me a couple weeks ago will remember me talking about how they made nipples from labia skin. Well, you'll be happy to know that is old school. Now they usually use skin from your breast or eyelid skin. So, if you have droopy eyelids, you may find me looking at you enviously:) I don't have enough droop on mine yet.

So, now we wait until the 10th to see what the MRI results are and when surgery will happen.
If something comes up, I'll be sure to post.

1 comment:

Tracy said...


This is probably more information than most people need to know about me, but I had a lumpectomy and am done with 5 out of my 6 weeks of radiation so thought I would give you a little more info. Radiation causes scar tissue which is why they say they might change. I am happy to report that mine has not changed drastically. It might be a little higher on the left than the right, but not noticeably. I plan to have reconstruction done in about 6 months as well. Just wanted to reassure you that the change from radiation is not drastic. Keep doing what you are doing! You are doing great.