Sunday, January 13, 2013
Prophylactic Mastectomy, Insights from Women Who Chose to Reduce Their Risk
I finally tapped into my new book this morning! I'm already over 100 pages in, and that's in between diapers, meals, playing trains, organizing a closet, and taking a twenty minute nap. It was money well spent (actually, part of a gift card) and I plan to reread it again. I am amazed at just how much my thoughts are exactly like so many women this author has interviewed. It's nice to know I am not alone, that others actually "get it" and that I am not a "weirdo" for questioning certain things. Parts of the book make me feel a little uneasy about an upcoming surgery, but I think those are all normal pre-surgery doubts. What I do know, is that when the author stated that there is an 81-94% reduced chance of dying from breast cancer after having a PM, it only secured my decision. Though they say the surgery is anywhere from 3-16 hours long, I am ready.
My only worry now is what comes after the surgery. How long will it be before I can hold my babies, before I can hug my husband, before I can curl my own hair, before I can go to spin class at the gym? There are so many unanswered questions that I have...I cannot wait until Thursday.