I'm recuperating from the first phase of my mastectomy and reconstruction. This part hasn't been too bad; I had implants inserted to stretch the skin. On Feb. 6th, I go back for the mastectomy. I'll have to stay over night for one or two days for that surgery. At that time, the surgeon will move the implants in place, I'll have some minor "finishing touches" to do after that, and then that should be it.
I'm so thankful to my parents for being willing to take me to the doctors at Fox Chase (FCCC). It's not as if FCCC is just around the corner; it's an hour and a half drive to two hours to get there. The traffic can be a bear. But my parents have done it uncomplainingly, even on the days when we had to get up at 4am to be there for a 7am appointment.
And I really appreciate the support I have gotten from my friends as well. The last 5 years have been really trying, and it has meant so much to me to have friends stand by me. Having a serious long term illness really tells you who your true friends are..
Thank you, each and every one of you.