1 year cancer FREE!!!!!
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Today is the 1 year anniversary of my bi-lateral mastectomy and diep flap reconstruction.
What a year it has been. It seems like it should be longer than a year. I've come a long way and my body has been through a lot. I can honestly say I feel good.
My scars are fading nicely. It's been amazing watching how they change. I have to say, I am proud of those scars - even the really big one from my complication. It's a reminder of just how far I have come. This is not a journey I would have chosen for myself, but when given no other option I feel I've done a remarkable job.
I don't feel sorry for myself - I never really did the whole "why me". I guess I know the "why me". See I'm BCRA1+ which means this is hereditary. So "why me" - well I'll tell you. Because of me 3 of my cousins did the genetic testing to see if they are BCRA1+ and all 3 of them did infact test positive. So they all are taking preventative measures to lower their chances of breast & ovarian cancer. (the whole Angelina Jolie thing) See without those preventative measures they have an 80% chance of breast cancer and 60% chance of ovarian cancer! Now those preventative measures do not guaranty that they can't ever get cancer but it lowers it to almost the same chance as someone who doesn't have the gene defect. So if I have spared one of my relatives from this disease it makes my journey all worth while.
My treatment is not over, but the end is in sight. A month from now I am having a small surgery to revise some of the scars I have. I'm looking forward to it. I finally feel like I am getting somewhere in this journey. Now I just look to my great-aunt who is a 40+ year survivor! If she can do it, by the Grace of God so can I.