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.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Revision Surgery of Reconstructed Breasts
I had all of my pre-op appointments last Monday the 25th. Everything went well. My insurance deductible has been met and this surgery is covered, I'm not pregnant, my blood work is all good and I don't smoke, drink regularly or take illegal drugs. hahaha so I'm good to go for surgery tomorrow!
I have Emend to take again 1-3 hours before surgery. That seemed to help with preventing nausea last time, so I'm glad to have that again. And last Monday I told them I can NOT take Sulfameth again for my antibiotic. That is what gave me that hellish migraine for days after my exchange surgery.
Today I am cleaning the house, doing laundry and cooking food for the week! Please be praying that the surgery goes well, I don't get sick after waking up from the anesthesia, and that my results turn out fantastic!