Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Double Mastectomy

I had the follow-up appointment with my breast surgeon today.  It's official: I am going to have a bilateral mastectomy.  The only thing that is not official yet is the surgery day.  Since I am opting to have immediate reconstruction after the bilateral mastectomy, then the plastic surgeon and the breast surgeon need to confer and schedule an OR date.  It'll be after May 20th, which is when my surgeon comes back from her vacation.  So I have over a month left with the boobs that God gave me, and then I'll spend the rest of my life with the boobs that a plastic surgeon is going to give me.

The best part of the consultation today was the odds that my surgeon gave me.  My surgeon said that a double mastectomy would reduce my risk of a new local occurrence by 95 percent.

95 percent?!?

That means I'd have less than a 5 percent chance of getting a breast cancer again (there's a slight chance of it coming back in the chest wall).  But still...

95 percent?!?!

If I had any doubts about the bilateral mastectomy, then they are all gone now.  This is the absolute best thing I can do to live a long, (hopefully) healthy life.  I am feeling confident that I will not end up like my mom, who died way too young.

1 comment:

  1. You are awesome. I hope everything goes off without a hitch. Good vibes from me.