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The Skinny on Weight Loss After DIEP flap Reconstruction

Seven months ago I decided to have weight loss surgery and I opted for the minimally invasive procedure called Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. I had a double mastectomy with DIEP flap reconstruction in December of 2014 and one of my biggest concerns following weight loss surgery was how it would affect my reconstructed breasts. Being that […]


The first cut is the DIEPest

Until you are in the position where you must decide on which type of breast reconstruction you want or what type is best for your body and individual situation, you probably never realized how many options there are. While breast reconstruction can never mimic natural breasts completely, there is an option that comes quite close. […]



Reconstruction Shaming

  Women in today’s world are, unfortunately, subjected to all types of shaming. Sometimes it is “Mommy Shaming” for the way they choose to feed their baby, how their baby sleeps, or whether they choose to work or stay at home. Other times it may be “body shaming” for how much they weigh or what […]




The Other Side of My Story

Women facing the decision to have a double mastectomy come from many different directions and they also come from many different relationship statuses. Some have been through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, some have tested positive for a genetic mutation that puts them at a significantly increased risk of developing breast cancer, some have both. […]






My YSC Summit Experience

I recently had the opportunity to attend the annual YSC (Young Survival Coalition) Summit in Atlanta.  YSC is an organization that provides support and resources to young women diagnosed with breast cancer and their co-survivors. This was my first time ever attending a conference, so I was a little nervous, but it was truly a […]


It’s not about shoes & wallpaper

Deciding to have a double mastectomy when you don’t have cancer is a very difficult decision to make and even harder to explain. Many people are uninformed and think you are just overreacting or taking “drastic” measures. They think it means disfigurement or unnecessary risk. I didn’t feel like I was allowed to express any […]



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