The Finish Line

My final reconstruction surgery is scheduled for Friday and I’m rather looking forward to it. It is as though I can see the finish line and can’t wait to cross it. I have crossed off so many goals and milestones in my journey with cancer, but the big goal...

Latissimus Dorsi Surgery

Before I get into my recovery stories, I thought I would do a quick explanation of the type of reconstruction surgery that I had. Because of the radiation damage to my skin and chest muscle area, the only option for reconstruction on my right side was a Latissimus...

Out of Surgery

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to send out an update that Mom is out of surgery and doing well.  She will be in recovery for a little while, and then will be staying at the hospital for the next few days for some much-deserved rest.  Thank you all for your prayers and...

The Decision

When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I had to make a lot of decisions about my treatment in a short amount of time. I was understandably frightened, nervous, uncertain, and worried as I worked my way through half a dozen doctor’s appointments and...

Wearing Pink for Kathy

So many of you send me text messages and emails with photos of you wearing pink on my surgery day.  They were so fun to look at in the hospital and when I got home.  I made a collage of many of the images.  Click on the photo to see a larger...

The Surgery

We arrived at the hospital promptly at 8:30 and were immediately escorted back to a pre-op room. After changing into my couture backless gown and robe, Gene, my mom and Danielle were allowed to spend the morning with me. I was surprisingly calm and kept expecting to...