Update on Surgery / Health - June 3, 2021
Thursday, June 03, 2021
Hi Spark Friends!
First of all, I would like to say thank you for all the nice messages about my 12 year maintenance anniversary. Maintaining is not in any way easy, and it definitely has been a bumpy road for me. I'm currently about 3 pounds over where I set my original goal with weight watchers. I do however feel best about 10 pounds lighter than I am currently. I went through a few months of "rebellion" recently and it played havoc. On a positive note, I am back being mindful and eating healthy.
About my surgery... some of my friends are aware that I had a prophelactic double masectomy 2 weeks ago. I am one of those lucky ones that has the BRCA2 gene mutation. I had breast cancer in my 30's and at that time had a lumpectomy with chemo/radiation. There was some thought at the time that it could be family related, however gene testing was still in the future. I was tested in 2018 and that is when I found I was positive for the mutation. My OB/GYN highly recommended I have ovaries/tubes removed so I did that in 2019. Being in my 60's they weren't doing much for me anyway lol. This past year, my doctor asked "how long are you going to play Russian Roulette". My chance of a breast cancer recurrence goes up every year and was at 84%. I feel I'm in good health and hopefully have 20+ years to enjoy. Having the surgery takes my odds of a recurrence to less than 5% so it seemed reasonable to do so. I consulted with my oncologist and a few other doctors and proceeded.
My recovery has been progressing smoothly. I'm two weeks post op and have been walking daily. Not doing any lifting but my range of motion is good. I have "expanders" and those aren't real comfortable, but necessary part of the reconstruction process. Later this Summer (I hope) I will have expanders exchanged for implants.
My Sister has been staying with me and has been doing cooking, cleaning, driving, What a treat! I need to be helpless as long as possible. lol The hubbie has also been a help but he is out of town currently dealing with getting his 96 year old Mother who has dementia in assisted living. Just a lot going on.
This is a photo of my Sister and I out for a pedicure a few days ago, Haven't had one in months so fun outing.