You have breast cancer…..

Four words said to me at 3:15pm October 30, 2012 at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach.  DEVASTATING!

Today, five years later I am cancer free, healthy, and in Las Vegas celebrating. Why did I come to Vegas? Because I can. I’m so grateful that today is a good day and I have the health and liberty to do as I please. I hope I never have to repeat that fateful day five years ago. My heart goes out to all the women and men who have and will hear those same four awful words.

So with the intent of offering hope to others, I am a success story. I’m not grateful I had cancer, I wish it never happened.  I wish I had my real breast back, I really liked it.  But cancer did happen to me, and I did have a single mastectomy. I am living proof that five years after a breast cancer diagnosis, one can not only survive but can thrive as well. I feel fantastic and can rock a fitted tee in Vegas better than most. #breastreconstruction

Drains out….

July 17, 2013. I can’t say anything positive about drains except when they are removed. That is a happy moment!

I had one drain put in when my plastic surgeon put in an implant to replace the tissue expander. Six very looooong days of what I am hoping is my very last drain forever.

For me this was the end of my surgery journey. My reconstruction is still fabulous, and I am cancer free to this day.

Thank you to my skilled surgeons. I look amazing!

 

 

Reconstruction four year anniversary…..

July 11, 2013 I had my tissue expander removed (hallelujah!), and replaced with an implant (yay!).

Happiest day ever! If you have had the experience of a tissue expander In your chest for seven months, coupled with going through radiation, you know what I am talking about!

Four years later, my reconstruction still continues to be fantastic. I have no problems. And I’m still rocking a slightly too tight, low cut shirt better than most.

Thanks Dr. Lawton!

Mastectomy day has arrived….

December 10, 2012, the day had finally arrived. I had a single mastectomy with reconstruction. Surgery consisted of my breast surgeon Dr. Lisa Guerra removing my breast, and my plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawson putting in a tissue expander. I was traumatized the weeks leading up to the surgery. I went in kicking and screaming.

Four years later I’m healthy and happy, with that fateful day fading from my memory and emotion. Almost feels like that whole experience never happened.

Today, saturday December 10, 2016, I’m getting ready for a Christmas party.  Hair, makeup, and of course a low cut fitted shirt. My bosom looks fantastic. No one looking at me can tell I had a mastectomy. No one can tell I had breast  cancer. I feel pretty, confident, and frankly, pretty freakin hot.

Merry Christmas!