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Listen to how I went from Unwritten to Rewritten Me.

In the pre-launch episode of Australia's first podcast about reconstruction after a mastectomy I tell my story of how I use my experience to help create a community that supports women who want to know more about reconstruction so that they can feel confident in their choices.

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This blog has moved on and evolved into something our community wanted.  You can still read - and listen - to my experience as well as the experiences of others but in different ways.

Rewritten Me is Australia's podcast about reconstruction after a mastectomy. On the podcast I talk with leading surgeons,  healthcare professionals and the wonderful women from our community who generously share their stories.

On my @luanlawriewoods Instagram page I write about life after reconstruction and host the Breast Recon 101 Live Q&As with surgeons and Live Chats with women who've had reconstruction.

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. 

Luan x 💙 x

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