At the age of 37, I underwent breast reconstruction surgery following a double mastectomy in 2015 after being diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. My pathology revealed additional in situ tumors in both breasts, so the double mastectomy was the right choice for me. The physical scars and emotions recovering from this alone seemed overwhelming, but I survived.
To honor being cancer-free, in 2018, I walked the Susan G Komen 3-Day. WOW this was a grueling journey....20 miles a day, in the August sun! But at the end of the day, it was done. The finish line got closer with every step.
However, for me, living with a double mastectomy has been difficult. I couldn’t see that finish line. They always tell you about the side effects of surgery. But the nerve pain, muscle pain and discomfort I experienced was unexpected. I survived breast cancer to deal with this, no thank you! This past August, I had a breast reconstruction revision surgery to move my implants from behind the muscle to on top of the muscle. This is a new approach some surgeons have been using - so blessed this was even an option for me! Six weeks post-op, my pain is gone! I’ll always have had breast cancer and be a warrior for others, but putting this behind me is a huge relief.
As you can imagine, the medical bills are again piling up. I am currently sitting at $3000 owed for facility, surgical and anesthesia related fees. My dream is to go into the new year with these bills paid, so any assistance you can provide in this time of need would be greatly appreciated!
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