|Me at less than 24 hours post-operation|
I am thankful that the surgeon was also able to sew up an open wound that was left over from my port infection. This is what it looks like now, and after it heals, it should be nothing more than a faint little scar line:
This surgery was much easier than I expected, especially compared to what I have been through on this long journey of treatments. I began this year with a lumpectomy surgery, which led to my shocking diagnosis. I then went on through four months of chemotherapy, complete with a port infection, sepsis in my blood, clots in my arms, pulmonary embolisms, and terrible, unmentionable side effects. I have been through dozens of bags of IV antibiotics, daily shots, pills, a picc line, and tons of medical testing. Over the summer, I had a double mastectomy surgery with tissue expanders placed inside of me for the next three and a half months. Now that I have completed my implant exchange surgery, the last thing for me will be a minor procedure in the office where the surgeon will make some final touch-ups to my scars and nipples.
By the end of December, I should hopefully be finished with breast cancer forever and be able to close this chapter in my life. Although it sounds like I have been through a lot, this has all made me stronger, more compassionate, and more aware of the beauty in life. I love and value my family and friends more than ever. I am so thankful to God for bringing me through this. What a crazy and unforgettable year!