@emilypiercell #8 of 52 - Wednesday was Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day. Here I am, scars and all.
I had a double mastectomy in March 2016 where tissue expanders were immediately inserted to create space for my eventual implants. After 2 more reconstructive surgeries my implants failed and I had to scrap the implants completely and take stomach tissue to create breasts - the diep flap. Fast forward 1.5 years from my last surgery I’m starting to love my body again. I am a different kind of strong now. I appreciate my body for taking such a toll over the last 3 years and fighting for me to still be here. My scars are part of my story.
The reconstruction process was one of the hardest parts of my cancer treatment, both physically and emotionally. I had only about 3 weeks to fill the expanders because I did chemo first then surgery and I had to get to radiation asap. The fill process was way more painful than I was expecting (and again, this is only bc we had to do it so fast). I may have described it as torture 😕. Then when the implants eventually failed after my exchange surgery I was devastated and lived with a hole for a couple of months until I could get a surgery date for the diep flap. That last surgery was tough and a long recovery but I’m thrilled that I have new, healthy skin on my chest.
Reconstruction is emotionally hard because you aren’t dealing with the cancer anymore. There were times I felt guilty or vain for wanting to do more surgery but in the end, I know I made the right decision for me.
@emilypiercell @shelbymoore1968 Thank You! I hope so! ☺️
@emilypiercell @prunickkaren Good luck with your decision! Whatever you choose to do will be the right choice!
@trishkusey @emilypiercell same for you..
@emilypiercell @crystalann65 Thank you! ☺️💖
@maurayoung Emily I’m in awe, you’re amazing ❤️
@emilypiercell @maurayoung Thanks Maura! That means a lot. ❤️
@emilypiercell @patlanger It does! You’ll find your rhythm
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