My Expansion Progress Report…

I’ve had two successful expansions since my bilateral mastectomy in March and each day has been a new learning opportunity. First and foremost, I feel blessed to have had the option to undergo a breast reconstruction at the same time I had the mastectomy done. There have been so many women before me that didn’t have the option and to me that’s a big deal. While the process isn’t always an easy or fun one, there is a sense of peace I feel knowing I will eventually feel “whole” again.

After getting over the initial pain I experienced due to the expanders, the toughest thing has been adjusting to sleeping on my back. I’m usually a side or stomach sleeper so this has been a difficult one to get use to. Nevertheless, I’ve managed and have found great use for the bamboo body pillow I received after my surgery.

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The firm and tight feel of my expanding chest is another thing I’ve had to get use to. At times it’s caused back pain or difficulties breathing comfortably. The reconstructed breasts are so rounded compared to what they were like before and they feel so stiff after each expansion. I secretly hope each day that they eventually develop a more natural feel and look but, I don’t know that it will really happen until my final implants go in. You can tell in the picture I posted that it’s starting to look like I have two round balls on my chest… Lol Crazy!

Overall, the expansion process has been an experience I can’t complain to much about. Every two weeks I see my surgeon, he uses a needle to inject more saline into my expanders and I go back to my daily routine, giving my skin time to stretch and make room for more saline.

Saline anyone? :)
Saline anyone? πŸ™‚

Radiation treatment has been put on hold till we determine what other treatment options I have so, keeping faith that each expansion will be a successful one is the only thing I try to focus on right now. The biggest concern is that the left breast won’t do well since I had radiation. You can even see in the picture how shiny the skin on the left side is as a result of its inability to stretch as easily as the right. All in all, I am doing well and am looking forward to the final product. πŸ™‚

Stay tuned…
Elizabeth πŸ™‚

4 Replies to “My Expansion Progress Report…”

  1. It was a pleasure and honor to have met you. I lost my grand mother to cancer and it’s so up lifting to see the results of science over the last decades. I think you’re extremely brave for doing this and I see the need you must have to share and inform people through your story. We spoke about dieting and eating raw, and I’m sure you have heard other alternatives but something that can help you cope on emotional level would be any form of artistic expression, so make sure you come back and paint with us again! Lol Have a great week.

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    1. Thank you Felipe for all the fun we had in your painting class and for taking a moment to find my blog. I’m also sorry to hear you lost your grandma to cancer. Writing has definitely helped me cope but you bet I will be seeing you again for another class. I had such a wonderful time. It felt good to tap into my artistic side again. πŸ™‚ Hope you had an amazing weekend!

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