This entry was written by Jaime Rossano. Jaime was diagnosed with 2B invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer. Jaime is a college student pursuing a degree in Humanities and Social Science. Every other Friday, Jaime will share a blog entry about her breast cancer experience. This year-long blog series is in honor of LBBC’s 20th anniversary.
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Great news! My boobies will be getting fixed in December.
I am still waiting to schedule it but I got the “okay” from my plastic surgeon. I was so excited to hear the news but I was also nervous. The surgeon gave me several options for my surgery and I felt like this was the first time in the past 9 months that I actually had a choice on what I want to have done.
The scary part is I think I’m going to make the wrong decision. Since my treatment plan was designed for me I felt a bit at ease with what the professionals thought was best for me. But now, it’s time for me to make a decision. How do I know I am making the right one?
In 2005 I had breast augmentation surgery to make my little A cups a full C. I had my bi-lateral mastectomy and lucky for me the doctor had a steady hand and he was able to save my implants. It was great he was able to save them but one is flipped sideways and is just a mess and the other one settled so low that it’s almost to my stomach.
I was given the option of having expanders put in and then going through and having reconstructive surgery. I was given the option to use my abdominal fat and re-routine veins and arteries. I was offered the option of using part of my back muscle to bring to the front and insert a new implant and a lift with implant replacement on the right. So many options!
What I do know is that whatever I choose, the results can only be better than what I have now. I just feel like so much time has already gone by and I am so excited to get this part done and over with. I want to wear sexy bras and shirts again!
Despite all the options and choices I have tugging along, I have finally returned to work. It has been great. I really love my job and being out in public. I finally took my bandana off and I am working my new spiky/curly do. I work three half-days a week and boy, does it really wipe me out! It’s amazing how tired you are after just a few hours. I am listening to my body. When my body has had enough I need to take a break. I have become so in tune with my body that I know when things just aren’t right or when sometime feels wrong. Now I know the true meaning of having a gut feeling.
Speaking of “gut feelings,” I have been having really bad stomach issues lately and have not been feeling at 100%. I saw my gastroenterologist and he suggested I go in for a colonoscopy to check things out. According to him, I may have developed colitis from all the chemo and medications I have been on.
One problem down and yet again, another one has started…but I guess I’d rather have stomach pains than breast cancer.
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