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So October was breast cancer awareness month in the US and this week is breast cancer awareness week in the UK. But for me, and for everyone out there, breast cancer awareness should be a permanent part of our lives. So many of us are affected by it in some capacity- whether we have suffered it or know someone who either won or lost their battle with it. For me, after losing my mother I was advised to get genetic testing for the BRCA gene mutation - but being so young I didn’t want to live with the results hanging over my head. In my thirties I decided to get the test and i found out that I do have the gene! It was only after I had my son that I decided to get a double mastectomy. It’s a very personal choice but it was very important to me because I couldn’t bare the thought of putting myself and my family, in particular my son, through the grief that my mum and my family went through. It’s not for everyone and as I said, it’s a personal choice. But everyone should check themselves on a regular basis and make it a priority to take care of themselves so that you can stay on top of your own health! #mastectomy #bodypositive #breastcancerawareness #hero #checkyourself #doublemastectomy #reconstruction #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #beproactive #beyourownhero #breastcancer #checkyourbreasts #prevention #cancerprevention #breastcancerprevention #brca #brca1 #brca2 #brca2positive #plussize #plussizemom #psootd
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Once a year Swansea goes all out for #beaujolaisnouveau everyone gets dressed up and normally drinks everything but Beaujolais. Good food and good wine, company wasn’t bad either 😉 #breastcancerawareness #doublemastectomy #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #brca #brca2 #postop #myjourney
Surgery #3 is DONE! I admit, I feel a little bad@ss for completing this journey. Especially when I didn’t want to do any steps along the way. _ Fear. Anxiety. Pain. Are all things I got real familiar with this year. Acceptance. Self Love. Rest. All things I’ve had to work on a lot. I’m the kind of girl that looks in the mirror for the first time in the car on the way to school, this year I’ve obsessed about my top half and the reconstruction. I’ve cried and hated everything. I’ve met other amazing, fierce women battling things much worse and coming out with a smile. It’s been a humbling experience and I am so glad this part of my journey is over! _ If you need someone to chat with about genetic testing, a high risk of breast cancer, or the surgeries you are facing, I am here! It helped me SO much to have buddies who were going through it at the same time too!! Just knowing someone else who had done it, made it do-able for me! #brca2 #brca #fatgrafting #doublemastectomy #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #rosemedicalcenter #brca2positive #brcastrong #allwrappedup #cozy #nursesareamazing #bestnursesever #womensupportingwomen #breasties
Today: I live in my recovery recliner & Casper continues to not like us very much. BUT I put on make up and a dress today so it’s progress somewhere. (If you look closely you can see Casp at the top corner.) #doublemastectomy #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #cancersucks #mainecoon #catmom
Good-bye Rehab clinic; I’ve graduated!! Officially discharged from physical therapy. I have my full range of motion back and now I just need to continue working on strengthening my arms and shoulders. So happy this part of my BRCA1 journey is done. 💗 #brca1 #brca1positive #brcastrong #unbrcable #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #mynewnormal
Your scars are what make you who you are, sometimes I struggle with having them exposed but then it's me and I shouldn't feel like that 🤷🏻‍♀️so here they are (prosecco helps)😂 #braca #doublemastectomy #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #previvor #girlswithtattoos #foobs #wifey
2 days post-op! I feel so much better than yesterday! Yesterday was HARD, very hard. Physically and emotionally. Today I'm feeling more myself, I'm off the IV pain meds, and take tylenol orally now every 4 hours. I'm still really itchy, and my chest is super sore. It doesnt feel great when I cough or laugh. I'm also up and walking today, while its painful, it's nice to have a change of scenery!!! Thanks for all the love!! Slowly but surely I'll be back!! . . . . . #doublemastectomy #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #reconstruction #recovery #breastcanerawerness #newboobs #heathlylifestyle #mindovermatter #womenempoweringwomen #illbeback #selfcare #selflove
Such a lush day yesterday. Mum and dad hats were off and me and Lloyd had an amazing night with some fab friends. 🍾🥂 #doublemastectomy #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #brca #postop #myjourney #friends #wedding
We all have a purpose. Our journeys are meant to be shared to spread hope and inspiration for those going through and coming up behind us; until there is a cure. Leave your mark in life by sharing what you know and have learned on your journey. Create a better tool, process or garment to help others. My journey has lead me to create “Pretty” by Cinderella’s Closet, a lingerie line for Breast Cancer Fighters and Survivors; “Pretty Starts from Within”. I’ll be launching my new website for “Pretty” by Cinderella’s Closet on Black Friday! I am excited to share with all of you what I have been working on! Stay tuned for sneak peaks! 🤗
A lovely evening with one of my fav breasties. Another beautiful soul I wouldn’t have met if it wasn’t for my BRCA journey. Thanks for the invite @mrsshereeb me and @jessdarnell_ had a lovely time. #breastcancerawareness #doublemastectomy #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #brca #brcasisterhood #postop #myjourney #1920s #speakeasy
Learn to love your scars, They are part of who you are. They have made you stronger, They are signs you survived what life handed you <3 thx Paul De Houwer for the lovely pictures =^_^=. #scars #breastcancer #breastcancersurvivor #deepflap #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #portraitphotography #lowkey #blackandwhite
I don’t often do this and I know she will kill me for doing it.... but ladies and gentlemen this is my mum ( dad and younger sis ) she has had and kicked cancers arse twice!! She bares the scares of many operations as a result and anyone who’s gone through cancer knows it always leaves a mark on you long after it’s gone. But today she walked pen y fan, not any easy climb by any means! I don’t tell her often enough but she is a bloody super women, I am so proud of her and the women she is. Love you mum, Welldone ♥️ #breastcancerawareness #doublemastectomy #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #postcancer #herjourney #warrior #surviver #fucancer
Breast cancer isn’t a pretty pink ribbon. It’s not a free boob job. It’s more than just October. ⁣💕 ⁣ It is raw, and scary and mean. It strips everything away. It steals joy, energy and confidence. And when you beat it... well, all of that hardship is worth it. ⁣ ⁣ I got the incredible news last week that the breast tissue and lymph nodes tested after my double mastectomy all came back negative for any residual cancer. Meaning, the grueling 5 months of chemotherapy did its job. I am free. 🙌🏼
Last night I was honoured to be asked to speak a little about myself at our local BRA Day Event put on by the Canadian Cancer Society. I shook and choked and stumbled my way through an emotional mini-recap of my journey. 4 other amazing women did the same 💕 I am so grateful for the local services we have for breast cancer patients and their reconstruction needs. What an amazing team of professionals. I was happy to participate and spread some awareness and shed some light on reconstructive options. Even though I wasn’t feeling too sparkly, my @hillbergandberk earrings made their debut, thank you @brettkissel 🙏🏻 @cancersociety #braday #breastcancer #breastcancerawareness #breastreconstruction #breastreconstructionawareness #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #doublemastectomy #brca #brca1 #fuckcancer #spreadyourawesome
This time last year, I was 5 days out from my double mastectomy, trying to navigate my way though recovery and reconstruction. Clueless of what lie ahead and how so much would change, even my ability to wear my pre-surgery bras. After surgery, my plastic surgeons office suggested I try the @shefitapparel bra for it’s amazing support and front zip closure. I agreed to try it and ended up leaving the office in it! Seriously, it changed my world, it gave me confidence and made me feel human at a time when I felt anything but. Being able to get into a non-surgical bra was the breath of life I needed. Flash forward to today, which just so happens to be “BRA” day (Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day) and guess what? I got to model that very bra that changed my world. I can’t sing my praises enough for how amazing it really is and what it’s given me and what it means to me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @themommadiaries ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Confidence Guaranteed. FREE Domestic Shipping + FREE Returns. Buy it, Try it, Love it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #shefit #RadicalSupport #shefitgear #sportsbra #fitness #womensfitness #workoutlife #fitnessgear #shefitgear #DareToWear #womensfitness #EffYourBeautyStandards #BodyPositive #CelebrateMySize #HonorMyCurves #AlternativeCurves #allbodiesaregoodbodies #fitnessfashion #fitnessdesign #GameChanger #DoubleMastectomy #mybrca1journey #Foobs #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #BreastReconstruction #BRADay #brcasisterhood
Oh. My. Word! That first shower after surgery (2 days after is when I was allowed) is GLORIOUS!!!! Now I have to wear compression garments for 4 weeks. Important thing is I’m healthy!!! Shout out to my favorite skater-girl for helping me this morning!! . . #previvor #brca1 #mydaughterisawesome #brca1strong #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #mycozyfallhome #foothilldesignconstruction #unbrcable #plaidshirt #sunday
These Pink Perfect nipples are made with the gentle touch & care of a breast cancer survivor herself! Her artwork of each handmade nipple is absolutely impeccable! I just couldn't believe how realistic my nipples looked when I received mine in the mail! #Iovemynipples #usecouponcode #gopinkperfect25 #pinkperfectnippleprosthetics #breastcancer #breastcancersurvivor #breastcancerawareness #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #foobs #foobies #bilatermastectomy #mastectomies #artwork #handmade #adhesive #reuseable #waterproof #wearalldaylong #siliconenippleprosthetic #feelingmyselfagain #changedmylife #feelingsexyagain
⚠️ FOOB UPDATE ⚠️ warning I missed BRA Day, but in honour of that, here is a photo from an awareness campaign I did in Toronto, and a foob update. I’m almost 3 months post-op from a double mastectomy with immediate implant reconstruction, and am healing well. #breastcancerawareness #breastreconstructionawareness #breastcancer #brca #brca1 #brcastrong #breasties #fuckcancer #foobs #doublemastectomy #doublemastectomywithreconstruction
Update on my #brca1 related #mastectomy and #reconstructivesurgery : my final surgery this morning went well. I’m home now recuperating. A huge thank you to all those who have been keeping tabs on me, calling me, texting me before surgery and afterward. I appreciate it so much. Huge love and appreciation for my amazing husband. Babe, you have always been and will forever be my rock. I love you!! @rickram88 . . Right now I am in a little bit of pain, but not too bad at all. The worst right now is the dizziness and nausea because of the anesthesia. Hopefully that will subside some in 24 hours or so. I don’t have any feeling in my chest and most likely never will have it back. They obviously won’t look like the real thing, but you know what? By doing this I have reduced my personal breast cancer risk rate from a 90% to about a 6% (same as the general population). I saw and experience my sweet mother battle metastatic breast cancer for 8 years. She went through so much pain and suffering until the very end. I chose to do this radical surgery after years of discernment, for her, for my young children, for my husband and for me. I thank God every single day that I wake up. And I thank Him for giving humans the technology and education to even be able to do this surgery (and insurance’s coverage!😂) . . #previvor #brca1 #brca1strong #unBRCAble #doublemastectomywithreconstruction
Another amazing evening listening to surgeon and women talking about breast reconstructive surgery. I’ve laughed, cried and met some amazing women. #breastcancerawareness #doublemastectomy #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #bra #brca #postop #myjourney #preventativesurgey
Love my pink-perfect nipple prosthetics!💖 It played an important role in restoring my body image and helped my emotional well-being!💞💝 Message me with any questions💗 check out the website at www.pink-perfect.com #lovemynipples #pinkperfect #nippleprothesis #survivor #breastcancerwithreconstruction #breastcancerawareness #restoredbodyimage #emotionalhealing #foobs #foobies #breastcancerwarriors #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #doublemastectomy #mastectomies #unilateralmasectomy #breastcancerawarenessmonth
Life is pretty crazy and so is the way things work out. This time last year, I was 5 days out from my double mastectomy, trying to navigate my way though recovery and reconstruction. Clueless of what lie ahead and how so much would change, even my ability to wear my pre surgery bras. After surgery, my plastic surgeons office suggested I try the @shefitapparel bra for it’s amazing support and front zip closure. I agreed to try it, and ended up leaving the office in it! Seriously, it changed my world, it gave me confidence and made me feel human at a time when I felt anything but. Being able to get into a non surgical bra was the breath of life I needed. Flash forward to today, which just so happens to be “BRA” day, (Breast reconstruction awareness day) and guess what? I got to model that very bra that changed my world. I can’t sing my praises enough for how amazing it really is and what it’s given me and what it means to me. ❤️ Today definitely filled my cup and made me fall even more in love with this company, and I’m so proud to be able to be a small part of it! Also shout out to the amazing @apsgrmi for giving me THE best possible out come for reconstruction and sharing this bra with me. . . #RealLifeModel #RealLifeFanGirl #Shefit #GameChanger #GirlGang #Blessed #DoubleMastectomy #mybrca1journey #Foobs #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #BreastReconstruction #BRADay #brcasisterhood
Today is BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) day! Want to give kudos to Rachel at Over My Head Boutique @omhboutique for helping me with choices after #doublemastectomywithreconstruction Rachel helped me select items that were comfortable post surgery with drains, through tissue expanders and then through my last surgery to remove the tissue expanders. Highly recommend you go to an expert to help you get a good and proper fit post surgery. Thanks Rachel!
The weather is crappy which means autumn is truly here in Wales. A snuggly day watching films with my mini me and writing my about my journey ready to talk to loads of lovely ladies pre and post surgery for BRA (breast reconstruction awareness) on the 19th. #breastcancerawareness #doublemastectomy #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #previvor #postop #brca #brca2 #bra #myjourney
True story....Today as I was leaving my house, I passed the mirror and caught a glimpse of my pink perfect prosthetics slightly showing in the sunlight! What a great feeling! The emotional & psychological impact is unexplainable .Thank you pink perfect ♡ You make my heart smile! #youmakemyheartsmile #pinkperfectnipples #gopinkperfect25 #lookssonatural #breastcancerwarriors #breastcancersurvivors #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #mastectomy #mastectomies #breastcancerstrong #breastcancersucks
It has been two years since I heard the most devastating news and two years since I began this journey. Two years since my life has completely changed and two years since I took control on my body. October, the month I was diagnosed and the month to stand up for the fight against breast cancer!!!!!!!!!! #breastcancer #cancer #chemotherapy #chemo #cancerdiagnosis #cancersucks #doublemastectomy #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #noevidenceofdisease #NED #chemograd #chemograduate #oncology #steroids #steroidweightgain #strongmind #strongbody #zoladex #menopause #onthewaytocancerfree #oneyearposttreatment #petscan #happymindbodyandsoul #breastcancerawareness #breastcancerawarenessmonth #findthecure #howtohavefunwithcancer #FUCKcancer #TeamHope
8 months ago I’m thinking that my nightmare of having cancer would never end. Days and nights where I’m internally balling my eyes out while externally masking in my strength for the sake of my family and friends. Time do heals with lots of patience and a willingness to stay alive. My body may hurt but my soul refuses to give up. Everything around me could spin. I will catch up when I’m done taking care of myself. Thru it all I’m very lucky to have my amazing family and friends. They encourages and reminds me that I’m so much loved and have so much to live for. Today with my surgeon release, I’m in the clearance to move on with my life. To go back to work. Take risk and continues to be my awesome self. It gets better every second. God is good! #cancerfree2018 #cancersurvivor #breastcancersurvivor #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #brca1
[In honor of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer week, as well as National Previvor day] . 9 days marks my one year anniversary with the foobs. On October 12, 2017, I underwent an elective double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. While the choice to have the surgery came easy, the timing and recovery did not. . I found out I was BRCA1 positive when Max was 6 months old. Upon meeting with the genetic counselors and doctors, I found that I carried a 70-80% risk of developing breast cancer in my lifetime as well as a 40% risk of ovarian. Since hereditary cancer isn’t driven by other factors such as estrogen, it means there is no “timeline” for when it could strike. There are no age markers, no grid, nor any concrete guidelines; which means, the earlier prevention, the better. The pressure was on to stop nursing Max and have surgery sooner rather than later. This was for both the removal of my breast as well as ovaries. At the time, we only had one child, and my heart wanted more. Ultimately, we decided to hold off on any surgery, grow our family and breast feed each child for at least one year. Like I said, the choice to have surgery came easy, but the timing didn’t. The pressure was great and I spent many sleepless nights doubting my choices and wondering if I was risking too much. I told myself to trust my gut and continued nurse what was now our second child, Theo. During this time, we lost a woman in our community to breast cancer. Her story, so similar to mine, she too choose to wait until after having children and nursing to remove her breasts, and as a result, she developed cancer, which ultimately took her life. Her story and the loss weighed so heavy on my heart and made me feel so foolish and naive, yet I couldn’t help but feel like I was making the right choice to wait. ****** Story continued in comments ******* . . #doublemastectomy #doublemastectomywithimmediatereconstruction #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #BRCASisterhood #Foobs #previvor #FatGrafting
To date my surgeon did an amazing job on my double mastectomy and reconstruction. Back in March 2018 all I felt was the discomfort from the implants. The tissues are starting to surround the implants giving it more cushioning and I don’t feel the discomfort as much. I still feel awkward at time. I am still afraid to put too much pressure around my chest. Surgeon advises that it won’t be long when I would feel comfortable. I must trust that it will be with time. October is cancer Awareness month. #nofilter #breastcancersurvivor #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #brca1 #cancerfree2018
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I may have had a double mastectomy but that doesn’t mean I can’t be strong as.... never give up on your goals 💪🏽 #doublemastectomy #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #fitness #pb #recovery #girlswholift #brca2 #gymshark
So next week is breast & ovarian cancer week and october will be breast cancer awareness month... Great to see so many awesome previvors! This time next year I will be (hopefully) completely recoverd of my double mastectomy.. Just a couple more appointments with my doctors and than first thing next year it will be my turn to become a previvor. Proud of my dicision, thankful for all the support i'm getting! #brca1 #brca1positive #previvor #fuckcancer #mastectomy #doublemastectomy #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #breastcancer #ovariancancer #mutant #ichooselife #bettersafethansorry #bestrong #nevergiveup #stayhealthy #proudofmyself
I am a breast cancer survivor & proud mother of 3 amazing children! 💝💝💝🤗Hug your loved ones daily! Missing my dear mother who ended her 21yr battle with breast cancer last October♡#breastcancersurvivor #pinkperfectnipples #gopinkperfect25 #nippleprothesis #beautiful #loveyoumom #hugyourkids #breastcancer #breastcancerwithreconstruction #doublemastectomy #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #foobs #foobies
Only 8 more Herceptin treatments to go before I can happily SCREAM yippee ka yeh Thank you God!!! So much to live for. #cancerfree2018 #brca1 #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #roadtorecovery
Brrrrr! It's starting to get a little chilly in the mornings out here in the Chicagoland area!😊☺😂😀💖💗😍🤗😘Thank you Pink-perfect for these amazing new gorgeous nipples! I couldn't imagine a day without them!♡ #breastcancersurvivor #doublemastectomy #pinkperfectnipples Coupon code: gopinkperfect25 #usecodefor25offpurchase @ www.pink-perfect.com #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #bilateralmastectomy #breastcancersurvivors #breastcancerwithreconstruction #siliconenipples #nippleprosthetic #foobs #neveragaingonippleless 😊#feelingprettyagain #feelingcomplete #feelingmyselfagain
These are the 8 colors for pink-perfect's ready-made nipples. They all come in 3 different styles. Bold is the most projection 4mm, Natural is 3mm ,Modest is 2mm. Or choose a custom-made nipple with your natural color and pink perfect will send you a mold kit to mold either your remaining nipple or nipples before surgery. Don't forget you can always have a free consultation with the owner and creator Michelle to make sure you have the color that makes you feel the most beautiful. To order go to www.pink-perfect.com don't forget to enter the coupon code: gopinkperfect25 for $25 off your order! #pinkperfect25 #pinkperfect #doublemastectomywithreconstruction #mastectomy #doublemastectomy #foobs #breastcancer #nipples #nippleprosthetic
All about Pink-Perfect! I purchased a ready-made nipple 3 yrs after my #doublemastectomywithreconstruction I chose Tan color and Bold projection style! There are 8 colors to choose from and 3 projection styles!You can also purchase custom made.I wish I would have purchased these yrs ago! The nipples are so natural looking! I just love them! go to www.pink-perfect.com and use the coupon code:gopinkperfect25 to receive $25 off any purchase! You'll be glad you did! Oh and more...! some insurance companies even reimburse you for your purchase CPT codes are available! #couponcode #pinkperfect25 #pinkperfect #breastcancer #breastcancersurvivor #breastcancerwithreconstruction #doublemastectomy #doublemasectomywithreconstruction #breastcancersurvivors #breastcancersociety #breastcancerawarenessmonth #breastcancerawareness
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