Friday marked one year since my bilateral mastectomy. Has it really been a year? It’s been a year of ups and downs and mostly detours and delays but I’m incredibly grateful where I am, at last.
Here’s my year in a nutshell:
- 7: the number of surgeries I have had
- 8: the number of hospitalizations
- 200: the number of cc’s they filled my expanders at first
- 650: the number off cc’s in my now-permannent implants (36C thankyouverymuch)
- 8: the number of physicians I’ve seen this year including my oncologist, breast surgeon, plastic surgeon, nutrition oncologist, integrative therapist, acupuncturist, OB/GYN, and general physician.
- 6: the number of pillows I require to sleep comfortably on my back post surgery
- 2014: the number of the year in which I spent New Years Eve hooked up to an IV!
- 10: the number of personal products that had parabens, PEG, or PPG or, “fragrance” in them. (I’ve swapped out my shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, facial moisturizer, sunscreen, body wash, deodorant, shaving cream, hair styling products and perfume to organic and non-toxic alternatives)
- Too many to count: the number of phone calls, emails, letters, cards, thoughtful gifts, home-made meals and love that we received during the last 13 months.