TMI Thursday, The Final Frontier…

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I saw my plastic surgeon earlier this week and scheduled what will hopefully be the final step in my breast cancer reconstruction surgeries.  He agreed that he would do as little as possible to minimize the chance of any bleeding/clotting complications.

The normal procedure would be to make an incision under the breast, remove the saline filled expander and replace it with a silicone implant. Not so much chance of bleeding with this.

Then he would perform a “lift” on the unaffected breast to make it perkier so that it better matched the side with the implant.  (Not a lot of natural perkiness going on if you know what I mean!)   Some risk of bleeding, but I said if he decided it was necessary to keep me from tipping to one side to just go ahead.  He didn’t even crack a smile…

The last step would be to liposuction fat from the abdominal area (I know, how could that be a bad thing, right?) and insert said fat into both breasts to create a more natural, rounded appearance. Still no bounce, but softer. But I told him I just can’t do this.  Disappointing, but it just seems too risky with the bleeding to take the chance.  I think he was relieved I didn’t want to try 🙂

So I’m scheduled for surgery on March 10.  I’ll almost certainly have to stop the Coumadin five days before, do the injections in my stomach twice a a day up till the day of surgery, then the hematologist and surgeon will decide how soon to resume the shots and Coumadin afterwards.  It’s a crapshoot with me because of the Factor V Leiden clotting disorder I have but hopefully there won’t be any complications this time.  I really want to be finished already!

Apparently chemo affects your hair, nails and skin for the longest amount of time.  My nails are pretty good, just tiny black marks on some.  My skin has been drier and I’m using moisturizer and body lotion every day.  Most of my bottom eyelashes have fallen out now.  My top lashes are mostly still there as are my eyebrows.  Thank goodness for make up.

My hair on my head is finally growing back.  Right now it’s this soft, down-like fuzz that’s pure white.  From what I’ve read, it may stay like that or get darker or curlier.  The doctors really don’t seem to have any idea why this happens.   Waiting for it to grow back has been about as exciting as watching paint dry.  I still am startled when I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror — like a big-eyed alien with a glowing white halo!  I’ll show you a picture soon, promise…

So, there, more than you ever wanted to know about me, right?

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  1. I’m sure you will be glad to get the final step behind you. I’ll be praying that things go smoothly for you on the 10th. I love your sense of humor. Keep smiling!

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  2. Last steps are good. Means it’s almost over! I’ll be so happy for you when it is. 😊

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    1. Thanks, T. Hoping to have enough hair that I won’t need to wear my wig by the time summer arrives!

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      1. Hahaha! Well, if not, I’m sure you’ll rock it no matter what! 😃
        Glad this journey is coming to a close. 😃

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  3. I will be praying for you as well. Keep your smile on — that makes the halo gleam!
    Take care my friend, and have confidence in the healing that the Lord will bring as well as in the skill of your surgeon.

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    1. Thanks, Linda, appreciate your prayers and good wishes. I think it will go well

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  4. I have a T-shirt saying “Yes, these are fake, my real ones tried to kill me,” and I wear it with pride. So I wish you a speedy recovery after your last surgery.

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    1. I’ve been that shirt online and I must get one. It makes me smile! Thanks for your good wishes ❤

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  5. knowing it will be the last surgery is HUGE! I know you know about the hair thing. I blogged and written about everywhere. It is a slow process. Taking 10,000 has helped. My nails did okay but where thin for a long time and as they grew out I had chemo rings. You could see a white line on my nails. Four of them. Four rounds of chemo. I had the liposuction thing done. I am glad you agreed to not get it with your history. I do not like the stomach shots. I am so sorry you have to go through this. Last surgery, last surgery, last surgery, last surgery. ❤ praying for you

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    1. Thanks, Renee. My hair doesn’t really show up in pictures yet, it’s almost transparent. I do have those light areas on my nails but not super noticeable. 10,000? I do just want to be done already!!

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      1. yes 10,000 it helps your nails and hair grow. I know, I know….. done is a good thing.

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      2. This is biotin? I was taking some for nails and hair awhile ago. Guess I need to make sure it doesn’t interact with Coumadin, but sounds like a good thing!

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      3. yes. It has helped me so much. and my nails are strong…when they do break they grow back quickly….

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      4. I bought some to try. Figured I’d wait till my surgery was done and then start.

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      5. when is the surgery? LAST ONE!!! (: ❤

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  6. What a trying ordeal! Hang in there, Dee. ❤

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    1. Nah, this should be easier than the mastectomy, I’m told. Just can’t wait to be done!

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      1. I’m sure it’ll be a relief once it’s over!

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  7. Moving forwards, though, moving on!🌹🌹🌹🌹

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  8. Loss of natural perkiness, and tipping to one side…lol. Thanks for sharing your story with so much candor and humor. It will get you through !! Proud of you, D.

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    1. Thanks, Van! So glad I’m almost at the end!

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  9. Bless you sweetie, such a heavy load to carry ❤ I will be praying for you and hoping we can do lunch sometime soon. Love ya, Mz. D ❤

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    1. I’d love to do lunch soon. The weather has been spectacular, hasn’t it?

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      1. You just tell me when and where and I’ll be there. Pretty sure my schedule is not as full as yours. Blessings ❤

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      2. Can’t complain… Keeping the boat between the navigational beacons 😊😊

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      3. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!

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      4. I knew we were soul mates somewhere down the line ❤

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  10. Yay, Diane, on the home stretch! I adore your sense of humor, truly. Good luck to you. 💜

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    1. Thanks! It’s hard to be serious when so much of this is so unreal 🙂

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      1. I can’t even imagine!

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  11. As tempting as a tummy tuck and breast lift would be at this age, I believe you made the right decision. You’re on the homestretch now, which must be really tough because of “battle fatigue.” Keep the faith, take it one day at a time…the checkered flag is in sight!

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  12. So glad you’re in the home stretch and that your wonderful sense of humor is in tact. Love ya ❤

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    1. Thank you, sis. Can’t wait to move past this all!

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      1. I bet. You are amazing, sister. Truly a trooper with a heavenly sense of humor ❤

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      2. Right back at ya ❤️

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  13. Thinking of you……I’m sure, ‘All Shall be Well!’ Hugs! ❤

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    1. Thanks, E! I’m so glad to move on!

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      1. Good! Onward….Upward!!!! Hugs! ❤

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  14. Almost there! That’s great news. I hope your hair comes back for summer. too. And a really chic short style will look great in the hot weather! All my love and best wishes, Dee! ❤

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    1. Thanks, Meg! I haven’t had short hair since high school, probably, so I think it’s just outside my comfort zone. But I really will be happy just to have hair!

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  15. Glad to hear all the good news. At least these are the final stages. No more surgery for you!!! ❤

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    1. Thanks, D. I am so happy to be move forward!

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  16. I like the idea of a short, fun hairstyle for summer. I bet it will look great. The last part of any race is the hardest, but you’re almost at the finish line, so yay.

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    1. Thanks, honey! I’m just happy I’m getting hair!

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  17. Getting used to the woman in the mirror might be the trickiest part, I’m sure! Wishing you all the best, my dear. ❤️

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    1. I think that’s true. Gradual changes are one thing, but this was just, boom, no hair one day! And now it’s white! But I’ll be glad just to have hair!

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  18. Sounds like you’re blasting the way through infinity and beyond, Dee! 😀 ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. U betcha! Thank you, Roo 🙂

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  19. I imagine you look rather gorgeous.
    good luck for the last bit, xx

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    1. You are sweet to say that! If it’s going to stay gray, I kind of hope it stays pure white…

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      1. Gray hair can be beautiful. And when you’re ready you can add a silver shampoo. Or use a platinum tint.
        Or just be you!

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      2. Hoping that the gray you get goes with your skin tone. When I was first looking at a wig, a friend went with me and I asked to try a gray one on. It was darker gray and my friend said it looked awful and I needed to take it off immediately! 🙂

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  20. Oh girl, what a road this has been. Praying for you. Love and big hugs coming your way.

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    1. Thank you, Jessica, so happy to be nearing the end!

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  21. You are so awesome. I adore your positive attitude. You are facing what’s real, and going forward with understanding. You rock! I can’t tell you how inspiring you are sharing this personal journey.

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    1. Thanks, dear Wendy! I’m hoping hearing what I’m going through helps some people with their experiences. Unfortunately, breast cancer still affects one in eight women!

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  22. I wish you all the best and a speedy recovery! You are really strong and I admire you for that.

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    1. Thanks so much, you are so kind! It’s been an experience, one that, unfortunately, one in eight women go through!

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  23. I’m so happy to read this — the last step. You’ve been so strong and so positive through it all… you amaze me! I hope everything goes well… and smoothly. And perky (my favorite word 😉 ).

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    1. Thanks, hon. Well, as perky as they can be now… The plastic surgeon is really good, so I know he’ll do a great job 🙂

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  24. So glad you’re in the home stretch! And there’s something about hair growing back, like it confirms you got to the finish line and can rest on your laurels. Good luck with the last reconstructive surgery!

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    1. Thanks, I’m more than ready to move on!

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  25. You’ve done so well and put up with so much! It’s great that you’re so nearly done with operations! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Bun! I’m so looking forward to growing hair and moving on 🙂

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  26. My friends hair also came in white, but like a baby’s hair, it regained it’s color. I think white…gray…platinum has so much sexy personality! I am happy that you are progressing beautifully and sending my most positive vibes your way.

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  27. I’ll be glad when this is over for you! I hope it is the last step and then you can resume life again, not that you haven’t but you know what I mean. I’ve held you in my prayers and will continue to do so. I believe my Mom’s hair came in white too, but she was 63 so that would be natural, she has wavy hair and that remained the same. Once you grow it all back that will make a huge difference for you. Sending blessings to you my friend! xo

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  28. You’re almost to the finish line. You got this!! I’ll be keeping you in prayer for a smooth surgery and recovery.

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    1. Thanks, Steph! I’m hoping this goes well, too!

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  29. Go girl! Almost there. Thankful that you’ve handled this with so much grace and positive energy. Everything will work out well and your recovery will be speedy.

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    1. Thank you, dear friend I’m so glad to be at this point already!

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