My name is April Bhattacharya and I’ve created this blog to keep family and friends updated with my journey. I hope that others out there that are facing these same decisions find my blog encouraging and informative.
After losing multiple women in my family, including my mother, to breast cancer, I chose to have genetic testing. I found out in March 2010 that I tested positive for the BRCA2 mutation. This does not mean it causes breast or ovarian cancer, but it leads to an increased risk for its development. I have an 85% lifetime risk of breast cancer and a 40% lifetime risk of ovarian cancer. The general population’s lifetime risk for breast cancer is about 12% and less than 2% for ovarian cancer.
After doing much research, discussing things with my husband, talking with doctors and genetic counselors, I came to the conclusion that a prophylactic (preventative) bilateral mastectomy (removal of both breasts) and reconstruction would be my personal best decision. By having this surgery I reduce my risk of getting breast cancer by 90%. I have also taken on a vegan diet. At 23 years old, I am empowered to take steps to prevent breast and/or ovarian cancer from taking my life early. I am grateful to be a woman with options that could change the future of my family.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
The fluid in my drains have been consistently under 30 cc all weekend. That's how low they have to be in a 24 hour period for several days in a row before they get to come out. So I'm thinking I will be able to get them out tomorrow!! I'll be so happy if that happens. I'm going to the cosmetic center tomorrow to check the left drain site that got wet and then hopefully get them removed.
I can feel something poking me on my left breast...well tissue expander haha it's weird to call something that is foreign to my body my breast...it will take some getting use to...we just met : ) But it's a weird and kind of a painful poke. I'm thinking maybe its the stitches inside. It started after I threw up the other night so that motion might have pull it a little bit. Hopefully it's okay.
All of my stitches are dissolvable and on the inside. I have strips of tape over the incision site that stay on until they fall off on their own. The incision site is right in the center where the areola and nipple were. They cut around the areola, remove it, and cut a little on either side and thats where everything was pulled out of and tissue expanders and Alloderm went through to go in. Then the skin was pulled together and closed up, so now I have a horizontal line going across the center of each breast. I can't really tell how big with the bandages, but its seems to only be a couple of inches.
I will post pictures soon. Off to bed! Goodnight.