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July 15, 2011

Breast Reconstruction – Take 34


July 5, 2011
With my caretaker, Jonathan, 11 days after my breast reconstruction

It’s three weeks ago today that I had my stomach removed, my missing right breast replaced, my port removed, and my life thrown into turmoil in a good way and bad way.

In my OCD mind, this means that I’m halfway through my recovery. If I heard/remembered all the information that the plastic surgeon told me correctly:

1. I don’t have to wear my sports bras all the time anymore… just no under-wire.
2. I don’t have to wear my abdominal binder anymore, but I probably will most of the time anyway when I’m walking, because when I don’t, I feel like my guts are falling out.
3. In theory, I’m allowed to drive a car (according to the doctor). I’ve been hyper and overtired, though, lately, due to my severe lack of sleep, so I will wait.

At the end of six weeks, the following can happen:

1. I can go hiking again.
2. I can take up kayaking.
3. I can go camping with my kids.
4. I can stop being paranoid about my guts falling out and my new boob falling off.
5. I can have sex.


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  1. I am 3/4 through your book in one day. I NEVER do this. Don’t have the time. But it was raining AGAIN this July and I did not want to clean my garage or sew the chef hats I promised the kids. Instead I am laughing so hard I am crying. I won’t even tell my husband why because I don’t want to spoil the book for him. Now, like you promised, I understand SO MUCH BETTER! EVERYTHING! First: Had I read this before Saturday, I would not have expected to find you lying on the couch with a blanket. I should have known you’d be all over the place. I told your family, “I am Marie’s ‘half-time” Just fitting into your music theme. Second is like the first: It is NORMAL for you to do 3,000 things at once and make sense at the same time. I was a bit concerned after our day out. Before I took you to LaConner, there were only 2 people in my life who I chase like a golden retriever. Now you are my third! I do want to say I suffered through one other book this summer, skipping entire sections to get to the point. I am hanging on your every word, and already have a long list of people I want to send this to. Bless you, Marie! AND your sweet family.

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