One thing I really learned from the FORCE conference was how many logistics are involved in preparing for a prophylactic mastectomy. Right now I’m dealing with insurance (ugh), making lots of appointments, and figuring out what the heck I need to buy to prepare for a mastectomy. Luckily, I now have a network of new friends who have gone through the same surgery. I feel so lucky to have found out about being BRCA positive early and have the luxury of having time to organize. Many people don’t find out they have this gene mutation until they are diagnosed with cancer.

I now have my list of must-haves (who would’ve thought Victoria’s Secret button down satin pajamas are perfect for not being able to lift your arms up and to slide in and out of bed). Check out FORCE’s checklist to see what is helpful for post-mastectomy recovery.

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