Tag Archive: mastectomy

Dec 20

It was one year ago tomorrow

Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 3.13.01 PM

This is a screen-shot from a limited-list status update from Dec 21 of last year. I can honestly say that I had NO IDEA I had cancer that day. I did have a moment of ‘what if?’. But it was the holiday season, I went to work and totally put it out of my mind. …

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May 16

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May 14

Me and Angelina Jolie

Woke up at 6 am and heard on the news that Angelina Jolie had a preventative double-mastectomy. Did what I did every morning: put on my screen and read through my feeds. It was on the FB page of CBC Daybreak with the question: What do you think of her choice? And then everything happened …

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Apr 15

Insert Nap Here

According to the calendar, it’s been one month since my surgery. All in all, I feel much better. My right arm is pretty much back to normal, though all previous muscle definition is gone. My left arm is coming along. I have roughly 3/4 range of motion but absolutely zero strength and a weird tingly-numbness …

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Mar 31

Blind Showering

I have a giant mirror in my bathroom. But given that I have not gotten over my mental block yet, taking a shower has become a bit of a complicated thing. Why am I even writing about this? Because it’s sort of funny, and because some day, someone is going to google ‘showering after a …

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Mar 30

And now, I’m all swollen

it’s very one step forward, one step back right now. I felt SO GOOD after the drains came out. Too good it seems. I walked a little, drove a tiny little bit – and it bit me in the ass. I am exhausted. More tired than I’ve been all week. And the fluid that was …

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Mar 29

2 week update

it’s been 2 weeks since my double mastectomy. Things I CAN do: brush my own hair with my right hand tie it loosely but crap-ily! get dressed on my own, as long as the tank top is VERY stretchy walk outside (1.1 km today) drive – ok, i just did this today, it hurt and i …

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Mar 27


the part nobody tells you about, and if you are having a mastectomy, sorry, I am about to spill the secret, is that taking the drains out is PAINFUL!  While I am so so so happy to be rid of those rubber tubes, the removal process was excruciating. Fast, like 2 seconds on each side, …

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Mar 26

Milking it for all it’s worth

2 days ago, even though I didn’t want to look, I realised something was wrong. Blocked drains. To fix it, the nurse at the cancer center had to Milk the Drains….. I have dealt with my infertility. I was the one who chose to go from lumpectomy to mastectomy. but MILKING????? really, there is not …

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Mar 25

I still can’t look

It’s been 10 days. Yesterday, i had a different kind of soreness than I’ve had until now and I thought I might have a wound-infection. The only way to know would be to look for redness and feel for heat. I was able to put my hand on it and feel for heat, but I …

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