It has been ten days since my surgery and I have been dying to see what things look like under those bandages. I finally had my post operative doctor appointment yesterday. It was time to be "unveiled".
So once the bandages came off, I got to see myself "anatomically correct" again. It has been almost a year since I had nipples and areolas. I was pleasantly surprised at the results. Surgeons are really amazing!
The areolas and nipples are healing pretty well. The nipples are a bit bigger than I want them, but they make them bigger because they expect them to shrink and flatten in time. Overall, things look pretty good. I am excited!
Today was the first day I got to shower without the bandages on. It was really strange looking down and seeing my new nipples and areolas. I actually felt "normal" again not having "Barbie boobs" (no nipples/areolas). I just could not stop looking at them. I guess I didn't realize how much I missed having them until today. It is good to finally look anatomically correct again. Though I was sick of surgeries and really wasn't looking forward to this surgery, I am SO GLAD I did it. I am pretty happy with the results and feel good about myself.
I am a wife, a mom, a sister, a daughter, a neice, an aunt and a friend. I never thought I would hear the words "It's not good. There are cancer cells". December 8, 2010 changed my life forever. This is my scary, long, enlightening journey through breast cancer. I hope that my words help others facing a similar situation or those that love someone going through breast cancer. I don't know where the road in front of me leads, but I know that Breast Cancer won't define me.
"Don't spend time worrying about how you are going to die. Worry about how you are going to live today"
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I Am Anatomically Correct Now
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How was this surgery? Was it very painful? I finish my chemo next week and look forward to being at the point you are now.ReplyDelete
Ginny - the surgery was not bad at all! I did not need general anesthesia - they did some other type of sedation. I don't remember any of it. I had no pain at all. I never took any pain meds. I am still healing and it is getting itchy now...I guess that means it is healing if it is itchy. You will be done with everything before you know it. I know it feels like a long road but once you are done, you can move on and enjoy your life again. Good luck to you!ReplyDelete