Thursday, January 26, 2012

100 % seems like a lofty goal right now~

This has been a rough week. Trey has been sick all week. I have been running a fever most of the week also and coughing and sneezing my head off and my chest is already so very tender and sore. I cancelled my followup today with my plastic surgeon because of my illness this week....I didn't want to spread it up there. I just am so darn exhausted and I wonder when the heck I am ever going to feel 100% again. These expanders are so extremely uncomfortable that I rarely sleep well, which causes me to be exhausted during the day. I just want to get through this phase of the reconstruction. I just want the permanent implants done. more illness..... no more..... set backs. I am taking Trey to the doctor tonight. He has been running a fever and coughing.....sleeping most of the time for several days now. Very unlike him. Hope he just needs an antibiotic. Send us all some good vibes please..... There is still a lot to get through.

Friday, January 20, 2012

The pain will hopefully soon be gone~

Jason drove me back to KU to the plastic surgeon's office yesterday...they filled my breasts again.... The nurse said there was a total of 345 cc's in each one now. I think this is comparable to a B cup. Sneezing, coughing, bending hurts today. Only a few more times though. This is truly the worst part, so anyone considering a mastectomy...the surgery itself is not bad.... it is the expanders and fills for the reconstruction that are painful. I am still so thankful that I chose to have the bilateral mastectomy. Everyone has to make the best decision for themselves, but I thought first of my children and the best way to cut down the chances of me ever getting breast cancer again... they need me and I need them. So my decision was the best one for us!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Get mammograms regularly~

Well, I am headed back to my plastic surgeon at KU tomorrow. I am getting my second fill for the reconstruction process. As I said before...the process of filling them does not hurt at all, but they have seriously hurt all week, so I am hoping this time...if nothing won't feel worse. The expanders are uncomfortable. The pain is not unbearable pain....just annoying. Can't sleep well etc..... But with all that said..... I really should not be complaining one bit. I am as lucky as can be escaping the spread of that nasty cancer. Just a few more months and I will be somewhat back to normal....never the same, but that my mindset is now different. I mean obviously there will be a physical change as well. So I plan to tough it out the next few months and be grateful for all I have. I am still here....still able to write this message, still smiling as big as Texas, still loving my kiddos everyday, still allowing  my husband to put up me (LOL) and knowing that he has stuck with me every step of the way so far! Much to be thankful for!

Saturday, January 14, 2012


The saying "no gain" became a total reality for me last Thursday. Jason drove me back to KU to my plastic surgeon for my first fill of the expanders they put in when they did my bilateral mastectomy. The procedure itself just felt like filling up a water baloon that gets heavier and was not painful at all. The nurse said that I would feel it in my expanders though and she was not kidding. The whole procedure probably took less than 15 minutes. By the time we walked to the car....the girls were hurting pretty bad. I was hardly able to sleep Thursday night and by Friday morning I was so stiff and in pain...I could hardly move, bend, or pick anything up off of the floor. I basically just relaxed all day...used the heating pad and took the valuim they prescribed along with motrin. Well, the good news is that I woke up this morning feeling a little bit better. They still hurt, but at least I can move some. I managed to gather up the laundry and get it started. Hoping the fill next week will not be so painful, but either is something I have to get through and get done. I should only have to have about 3 more fills.....then there is a 6-8 week waiting period before I can have the surgery for the permanent implants. Hopefully the last part of March or early April. I can't wait....Thanks again for your continued support. And thank God the cancer is gone...

Monday, January 9, 2012

Breast Cancer Stats~

An American woman’s chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer is:

from age 30 through age 39 . . . . . . 0.43 percent (often expressed as "1 in 233")
from age 40 through age 49 . . . . . . 1.45 percent (often expressed as "1 in 69")
from age 50 through age 59 . . . . . . 2.38 percent (often expressed as "1 in 42")
from age 60 through age 69 . . . . . . 3.45 percent (often expressed as "1 in 29")

According to the National Cancer Institute. I was one in 69 and only found it via a mammogram.

For every 1,000 women who have a screening mammogram:

100 are recalled to get more mammography or ultrasound images 20 are recommended for a needle biopsy ( I had 3) and 5 are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Leave it to me to be one of 5 out of 1000 women. I recommend that every woman gets an annual mammogram.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Make every moment count~

One day your kids will look back on their childhood memories.....make sure when they do....they have something to smile about!

My boys with their silly mom!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Loving the NEW YEAR~

3 weeks after surgery


Did you know? On average there are:
112,657 people are waiting for an organ

18 people will die each day waiting for an organ

1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives
Are YOU an organ donor?

Sunday, January 1, 2012