A Breast Cancer Blog: Surgery Eve

Walk with me as I stumble and fumble toward cancer survivorship.

How many times can a surgery be called a revision before you decide to scrap the whole thing and start over? Tomorrow I am facing my ninth surgery in the two and a half years since my breast cancer diagnosis. This particular surgery is the third revision to a reconstructive surgery I had last Christmas. That's right: New boobies for Christmas. Lucky me!

The multiple revisions are mostly due to healing complications as a result of many, many chemo infusions and radiation. My last revision was this past April and the tissue is still unhealed in spots. I feel okay moving forward with this surgery because I believe it is going to heal this time.

I have to believe. Surviving cancer is a funny term. You survive it, sure, but that doesn't mean you've beaten it. It beats you down on a daily basis and you do what comes natural; you fight back. There is no easing into survivorship, either.

You don't wake up the day after treatment ends with bluebirds on your shoulder and a skip in your step. It's a tough transition. There are many hurdles to clear and many blessings to enjoy. You sort of learn it as you go along. I have decided to bring you along on my survivorship journey. You can keep me company. Watch me stumble. Get to know me.

(I'm kind of obnoxious but lovable) And help me to laugh at all the inane crap that happens when you try to slay the cancer beast. Stay tuned tomorrow. Surgery is at 8:30 am I hope to at least have some instagrams to share. FIGHT!

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Thomas Cornick October 05, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Tricare has reinstated coverage for BRCA1 and BRCA2 testing effective 30 September and backdated to May22. I do not know if Tricare will cover the BART test which picks up about 10% of the mutations BRCA1 and BRCA2 do not detect.
Krissy October 08, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Good to know, Thomas. Look for an upcoming blog post discussing BRCA.
Thomas Cornick October 09, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Life changing illnesses are just that, if you are not up to the task of returning to work remember that job # 1 right now is returning to health.
Leigh Czech October 09, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Prayers and good energy being sent to you........
Katya October 30, 2012 at 08:21 PM
HI. I'm Katya and I just wanted everybody to know there really is a place to get breast cancer help like never before. I suggest you check out curelauncher.com and connect directly to the medical researchers working to cure breast cancer. You could check out: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2012/10/prweb10042726.htm Take good care and enjoy each moment and each other!


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