I want to give you an insight on what options were available to me, after being told that the lump in my right breast was covering an area of 6 centimetres.
I had to decide what was best for me...
Mastectomy: Mastectomy is the medical term for the surgical removal of one or both breasts, partially or completely. A mastectomy is usually carried out to treat breast cancer.
Mastectomy with Reconstruction: Is the same as above but reconstruction happens when a plastic surgeon creates a breast shape using an artificial implant (implant reconstruction), a flap of tissue from another place on your body (autologous reconstruction), or both.
If only it was that simple!!!
The reason I was not given the option of a lumpectomy, the lump was too large therefore the boob had to go.
So lets go back to the 14th of March when I was given my results. If you have joined here head back to where my secret starts and you will understand why I faced this decision.
The consultant explained my options with a comparison of 3 cars, which I'll share with you below.
1- The Rolls Royce - The Cream of the Crop
This is where they take fat tissues from your stomach, which is the most realistic feeling to your boob. Now I was told there and then that this would not be available to me as I did not have enough stomach fat... So appreciate what you have got as it may always come in handy!
2- The BMW - Looks good but takes some wear
A small muscle is taken from your back and wiped around to your front. The only problem with this is you are more likely to have shoulder problems like stiffness and I did not want to have to give up boxing, yoga and general gym stuff, as these are things I enjoy and look forward to getting back into.
3- The Ford Focus - Reliable, gets you from A to B
An implant. So this was it really guys the one I was least keen on, don't get me wrong I can imagine lots of you would like the idea of a nice firm boobs for life but not so great knowing my other one will eventually drop. This has the most complications, including one hard and one soft boob, potential size difference, infection and needs a reconstruction in 8-10 years.
On a serious note the Implant can cause cancer called ALCL (Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma). It is rare but still a concern.
As you can imagine not an easy decision to make.
However, I came to my decision quite quickly... I already had a brief idea of what I wanted to do after reading some things about other peoples experiences.
I decided to have a Mastectomy.
This is my decision, yours may be different and I respect that. My decision took my Surgeon and Nurse both by surprise, again because of my age.
Another reason to being lopsided, is in the near future I may have the option to have my left breast removed (at least then I'd be equal), or have it removed and both re-constructed and i'd still be equal (You can have re-construction anytime). I don't know why being equal is such a huge thing to me? Why... Social media plays a massive part in all of our lives and we are all always seeking other people's approval. I'm worried about what people may think of me or say. Now lets be honest if someone was mean to me then it only shows that they are not happy with themselves and more about my character than theirs. My message is no matter your decision be proud of who you are as 'every scar tells a story' and 'challenges are what makes our lives interesting and overcoming them is what makes our lives meaningful'.
This became real on the 26th March. 'Operation Day' but I'll tell you more in my next post. Thank you all for reading so far, I'm glad I could keep this short and sweet which is hard as I do love to talk. If you have any questions contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all that messaged me on 'Operation Day', I would not have got through it the way I did, if I didn't have all of your support.
See you again soon.