I underwent surgery the same week as Joan Rivers, but I woke up.

Roughly two weeks ago, I had major surgery: a mastectomy of my right breast and breast reconstruction. The surgery took 12 hours. Joan, on the other hand, experienced a  “routine” procedure in a clinic, and died. My procedure consisted of removal of my breast (due to cancer) and reconstruction, which involved microsurgery. The surgeon extracted … More I underwent surgery the same week as Joan Rivers, but I woke up.

Am I having a mastectomy or buying a used car?

Any car salesman knows that once the customer has walked off the lot, he’s lost the sale. A savvy car buyer knows: always be ready to walk away. I did not realize that my best negotiating skills were necessary to maneuver through the process of mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery. I was diagnosed with breast … More Am I having a mastectomy or buying a used car?

I just learned about another option for Breast Cancer Patients

I have been diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, which means that the breast cancer has spread beyond the milk ducts, and into the surrounding breast tissue. I thought that I only had two options: Mastectomy, then implants to form a “new” breast. Mastectomy, no implants, but use a prosthesis which is inserted into bra. I decided, … More I just learned about another option for Breast Cancer Patients