Boobopic Update

Last week was insane. I was sent a letter stating my operation had been moved to February and then I was called to say it was a mistake and that it was on the 14th January but I had alway been told the 15th January. So after all that the date is now set for 21st January. Phew

I had my pre operation appointment and talked through nipples, scars, after op bras, risks, complications, expectations and again my surgeon reminded me why I’m doing this. After that i felt completely on purpose and if it’s even possible i felt even more so that this is what i want and know is right for me.

Then I had my ‘Goodbye Boobs’ party.

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What a night. Boobs cup cakes, Boob pictures and of course a fabulous boob baseball cap brought for me by my best friend Pat aka Cat.
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It was a night of drinking, dancing, celebrating and feeling loved and supported. Friends new and old turned up and I am so, so grateful to each & everyone of you.

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I have decided to keep working everyday up until the operation because I’m not ill, there is nothing wrong with me and I don’t want to sit around and dwell on anything.

I have had so much support across comments on this site, social media and via emails from people hearing my story. Those responses mean so much to me. It feels like because I have been sharing with people as a result people are sharing with me. It’s been such a blessing. I no longer feel alone. I have all the answers to my questions from people who have been there and done that. It’s so beautiful that just sharing your story can inspire so much amazingness.

Whether you are in a similar situation to me or your situation is completely different to mine doesn’t concern me. What does is that you realise if you aren’t happy being you and living your life then it’s time to make some changes. I feel really passionate about telling everyone i meet that our lives are completely in our own hands. Other can affect the conditions around you, they can access your physical body but they can never be or have influence on whats inside. That is own by us and us alone. Remember that that is truly a beautiful thing. If you want change on the outside you must 1st change whats on the inside and that my friends is something that with want and determination we can all do.

Peace and love,

CLaira xxx

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    melissa
    January 17, 2015 / 1:15 am

    Hey. So glad I found your site. I have shorter hair, shorter legs, similar body. Video cracked me up..all so true. Good luck next week..I’m going on vacation Thurs but I’ll keep up with you and sending good thoughts your way. I am an old nurse. I worked for a breast surgeon and a plastic surgeon both–office and operatory. Save my email…if you have questions in the middle of the night I may be able to help. Godspeed.

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    Anjie Schell
    January 17, 2015 / 1:54 am

    I had a double mastectomy Jan. 28, 2014 with reconstruction surgery on June 2, 2014. I can tell you it’s one hell of a journey and bother everything and nothing that you expect/anticipate!! I wish you well on your journey – may you be surrounded by the love and humor of friends and loved ones! A few things I found helpful: Follow doctor’s orders – Let your partner pull your pants up & down when you have to use the bathroom – Make friends with a reclining chair as you’ll be living there the next 6-8wks – Be patient with your healing process – Find humor in all you can (even when it hurts) – Get up and walk around (even with the tubes hanging out of you) as soon as you are able to, and keep doing it daily – Use a rope of gauze to hold your drainage tube bags around your neck (like a necklace) and off your skin to avoid skin irritation – Be kind to yourself and thank everyone who helps you, every time, as your gratitude helps ease their struggle of watching you go through this process all the while feeling helpless to ease your pain.
    Best wishes from a breast cancer & double mastectomy survivor in the US!

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    Deanna Barrett
    January 17, 2015 / 6:28 am

    Hi Claira,
    I know we don’t know one another, but I just want to say how amazing you are for putting your story out there. Just last January 14th of 2014 at age 43, I had a preventative double mastectomy on my double Gs. We found enough reason to act upon a very early stage carcinoma diagnosis, plus I had lost my mother 17 years ago to breast cancer when she was only 47. When the doctor began to talk to me about options, I cut him off and said there was only one option for me and that was the double mastectomy. I told him I had had 15 years to think about it and was ready. He was relieved and we both believe I saved my life going through with it. My point of all of this is, you have an attitude much like mine going into your journey. After years of preaching to my friends to get their mammograms and check their girls, I felt the honest thing to do was to put my words into action and share my story on Facebook. It was hard opening up to so many friends and loved ones, but it turned out to be the best thing I could have done for not only myself, but others. I had many friends schedule their mammogram appts. immediately after reading my post. I love music and to dance, so I asked everyone to pick a song and dance their butts off for me as I went into surgery that morning and they did! I danced into my surgery to Prince’s Let’s Go Crazy and it’s become my rally cry anytime I need a boost or a reminder that I’ve got this. Surround yourself with the love and support of those nearest and dearest. There will be hard days, but rest your body and let your positivity see you through it. I thought I would be done with my reconstruction surgeries by June, but as in life things don’t always work out the way you plan. Five reconstructions later, I finally had my last one this past Dec 23rd and am so happy to say I am now a size D for DONE! I’ll be throwing one hell of a new boob celebration come October, so I invite you to visit Texas and join me for the celebration. I just wanted to spread some positivity your way you brave, positive, smart, vivacious woman! Best of luck to you and your medical caretakers. I will keep you in my prayers for a successful surgery and quick healing.
    Sending new boob hugs,
    Deanna Barrett

  4. Avatar January 17, 2015 / 6:48 am

    Correction to the above. I meant boobs! Not boob. After all, I now have two! (It was a close call after surgery #4) yikes!

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    Thomas
    January 17, 2015 / 9:57 am

    Hi,
    I applaud your empowering positive approach to your circumstance.
    If I may I’d like to pass on some info.
    There has some very interesting work done by Paul Stamets on the antiviral and anticancer properties of fungi. He saved his mother from stage 4 cancer with a ‘Turkey Tail’ fungi capsule and his work is scientific, peer reviewed and has a lot of patents for some of the developments he’s made. He has some interesting books available too.
    Another great source of info for helping to prevent or possible cure cancers is NutritionFacts.org, Dr Gregor publishes fantastic work of science studies regarding health @ food.
    There seems to be some common themes regarding cancer and I believe cancer is usually a development caused by unfavourable conditions within our body which can be hereditary, environmental or personally caused but I also believe we can change these outcomes.
    I turned veggy/vegan 4 years ago and suffer much less illness or ailments than others. As Socrates once said, “let food be thy medicine”.
    Wish you all the best.
    Nameste

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    Joao
    January 19, 2015 / 7:58 pm

    I am a man. You are beautiful, with or without the original ones. Only a mad or gay man would pass a chance to be with you. Stay strong 😉

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    Bradley Thomas Patterson
    January 21, 2015 / 10:44 am

    I pray for a proper recovery. I hope your actions will influence other women to consider their options. As a male I’d do the same down there if it meant living. Just think of what we have not done yet to help others or ourselves. Godspeed sister.

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