New Me v4.0: Paused For Effect
So, how did I get here?
In November 2017 I was diagnosed with pleomorphic invasive lobular breast cancer (for those who do cancer-speak: grade 3, ER/PR+, HER2-, Ki67 23%). I underwent the cancer treatment trilogy: neo-adjuvant chemotherapy (FEC-D) followed by a skin-sparing mastectomy, topped off with 25 radiotherapy beams. I went into medical menopause and took the hormone therapy Tamoxifen for 2 years to stop any rogue cancer cells getting lit up by oestrogen.
In May 2019 I had a unilateral DIEP flap breast reconstruction which I micro-blogged #100DaysDIEP on Instagram. In October 2020 I had phase two DIEP, which was combined with an abdominal hysterectomy and ovary removal (#100DaysDIEP2). Now I'm in surgical menopause I take an aromatase inhibitor.
This blog is about trying to figure life out after a breast cancer diagnosis. All the unwritten things: foobs, flaps and the bits in between! I'd love to hear from you and answer any questions about breast cancer, DIEP and recovery.