When a woman or man loses a breast to breast cancer, it seems reasonable to expect one would experience upset and psychological trauma. Yet, the decision to remedy the amputation of the body part through breast reconstruction is not an easy process.
The process means more research, surgery, recovery, possible side effects, support from loved ones and acceptance there will be lifelong scars.
One of the main reasons I went ahead with a breast reconstruction after my mastectomy was the remedy the “psychological distress” I was experiencing the loss of my breasts. It took a full week after my mastectomy for that psychological anguish to hit home in a figurative and literal sense.
This was my second diagnosis. I had a recurrence as well a new primary cancer. I was of the mindset, “Mastectomy accepted! Let’s get these breasts off and the cancer out!”
It wasn’t until the … Read more