One year ago, today, I had a prophylactic double mastectomy to get rid of my ridiculously high breast cancer risk (about 87%
A year after my mastectomy, I look back, and realize how crazy it was to do all of this during nursing school, but somehow everything worked out (even with my boob hole complication).
It makes me emotional to think of all I went through in the past year with my 3 surgeries, tissue expander nightmare, and completing nursing school. But for me, it was all totally worth it, because for the first time since I found out I was BRCA 2+ I don’t have the stress of my breast cancer risk looming over me. My ticking time bomb breasts have been replaced with my silicone foobs (fake boobs), which feel like my own breasts now. There’s no way I could have pulled it off without my support team. I can’t begin to express how much I appreciate all the friends who took shifts to come take care of me, delivered meals, sent care packages, and made sure I had everything I needed during recovery. My mom was such a huge help and support for Adam and me, and Adam is the best husband/caregiver anyone could ever ask for.
Thanks to everyone for their support through this journey. I’m still updating the site to provide more resources for those searching for information about preventing cancer and managing these types of surgeries.
Finally, I am happy to announce that starting next week, I will be an oncology nurse! I am so thankful to work with oncology patients in the field of nursing that I’m so passionate about.