My First Expander Fill

I’ve been looking forward to this for a few weeks now. It’s the start of the next phase of this cancer journey. I’m no longer healing from the last surgery, I am now getting ready for the next one. The appointment was actually quite quick. The filling process took all of five minutes at most. First my surgeon used this little device to find where the valve was located in each breast and marked it with Texta. Then he filled a syringe with saline, stuck it straight in and added 50ml of saline to each side. I did mention that …

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Six Weeks Post Mastectomy

I couldn’t decide if I was going to write a six week update or wait a few extra days until I had my first fill done and post an update then, or do both – but in the end, I was travelling and working on the day of the six week milestone, so the decision was made for me – this is actually a six week three day update! Look out on another post on the fill very soon. The six week point was significant because the restrictions regarding movement had to be followed until then. The main restriction was …

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Four Weeks Post Mastectomy

Since my last post I have come along in leaps and bounds, improving every day. I finally saw my surgeon again for my follow up appointment. He went through all of my pathology results explaining exactly how lucky I have been. Not only were my lymph nodes clear but there are a couple of other indicators that were also clear. This means he does not recommend that I have chemo. In his opinion the small increase in the chance that the cancer would not return is not worth the risks to my ongoing health, wellbeing and quality of life. I …

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