My Must Haves for DIEP Flap Reconstruction Surgery!!

When you go in for any major surgery there is a tendency to over or under pack. You aren’t really sure how you’ll feel or how your body will adjust and sometimes you don’t even know how long you’ll be in the hospital. It was the same for me during my initial DIEP flap reconstruction…

Franken-Boobs…

Tissue expanders have a purpose, and that purpose is to help reserve the space for a more permanent reconstruction technique such as implants or flap reconstruction while a person undergoes further recovery or treatments such as radiation. Therefore, they have a purpose and are used for good reason. Also due to the extremely firm nature of them you have no reason to wear a bra, which is glorious.

That is ALL! They are horrible!

Just Paint the Wall…

This morning as I was driving into work I was listening to my favorite Portland radio morning show, Tony, Jake and Jenn on 98.7 The Bull, and they were discussing something that really resonated with me…specifically what Jake Byron said: (I’m paraphrasing because I didn’t write it down since I was driving) He said “My mother…

My DIEP Flap Reconstruction Journey (Part 3)

In this post there are pictures of me without a shirt on showing a lot more of my post surgery body then I’d normally be comfortable with. Please be respectful and if you don’t like it don’t read it. I’m hoping that by showing this I can help someone else going through this experience. Lots…

My DIEP Flap Reconstruction Journey (Part 2)

Continuation of my DIEP Flap Reconstruction Journey (read part 1 here)… Where did I leave off? Oh yeah I’d basically given my surgeon the only option I was willing to give, do the surgery. I was scheduled to have my surgery on December 11, 2017 at a local Legacy Hospital. I knew two things, one…

Mommy’s Got Cancer

My son was just shy of a year and a half when I found out I had cancer so explaining to him what was about to happen wasn’t really an option…let’s be honest I didn’t even know what was about to happen. I mean how do you explain cancer to an innocent baby/toddler? I remember…

One pan Taco Rice Bowl!! Inspired by my favorite Chipotle meal.

I’m a huge fan of making major messes in the kitchen…the more pots, pans, cooking equipment the better! It drives my husband crazy so I know this easy one pot meal is going to make him a much happier guy come clean up. I took inspiration for this meal from my favorite Chipotle meal and…

Young Survivors Series – Kayla Parsons

I wanted to put together a series of posts from other Young Survivors throughout the US and Canada. I don’t know these women personally but I’ve walked similar paths as they have, however, every persons cancer journey is individual which is why I found it so important to share other journeys and perspectives. I hope…

Post Cancer Blahs…From Tiger to Eeyore

After a nice long talk with a good friend of mine about depression after cancer and the PTSD that comes with a NED diagnosis I finally got up the courage to edit and finalize my blog post about this epidemic. Depression is not really my thing, I’m the furthest from emo possible and prefer neon and pastels over black, so sharing this piece with everyone is hard but necessary for providing awareness.