After yesterday’s back-to-back-to-back-to-back doctors’ appointments, my fears have been put to rest….as much as possible without a crystal ball! My anxieties for the up and coming surgery and I are having a stare down. I will win the face off. I am mighty. I can do this, yet again.
See post Mirror, Mirror On The Wall for further detailing of my fears
Dr. Laidley, my breast surgeon, reassured me that cancer recurrence is not increased from the number of surgeries one endures. Other doctors may disagree with her. Heck, I may disagree with her. I know surgeries stimulate cancer cells and decrease the immune system. Not a good combination to have simultaneously. I train for surgery to get my body in tip-top shape and combat that those effects as much as possible. But at least I know, in her very busy 20 year practice, she has not seen a rise in recurrence from increased surgeries. There is a lot to be said for empirical evidence.
Furthermore, now I also know, this next surgery is not just cosmetic. Dr. Laidley pointed out that Rylee is too wild and free. She slips down the outer side of my torso too much when I lay down. Without re-positioning her now, I would face issues down the road. I am all for putting this behind me (or more appropriately stated, “firmly in front of me!”) sooner rather than later.
Dr. Hodges, my plastic surgeon, reassured me that I will have the same full range of motion and mobility that I have right now. I let him know that my priorities for the surgery are as follows:
1) Mobility and Motion
2) Symmetry between the girls
Dr. Hodges will literally and figuratively have his hands full in this surgery! He estimates 2.5 – 3 hours on the table for me. Ugh. Lots of work to be done: exchanging both implants, re-positioning each of the girls, anchoring them in place (double ugh!), prettying up their scars, extracting tissue for the nipples, creating an internal crease below the underside of Lexi; removing internal scar tissue, and transporting fat cells from the side of my thighs for cleavage. Recovery is going to be tedious.
I must say, in the past almost year since my last surgery, I have very much been enjoying having my life back! It has been a thrill to easily get out of bed or off the couch, sleep on either side (not just on my back), breathe and laugh without discomfort, drive, walk, jog, lift weights, go to work, cook dinner, yada, yada, yada! You know, living my life! All the normal, simple, everyday actions we all take for granted. This too shall pass!
Surgery is set for Friday, September 6th at 8:00 am CST.
The countdown has begun. I am savoring the days before the surgery; engaged in winning the face off; exercising six days a week to hone my lean, mean, fighting machine; and looking forward to being on the Other Side of the surgery!
Nancy L. Baskin Michlin, M.Ed., C.H.C.