I've been on a health kick since coming home from Samoa and Sydney. Now, well into #dryJuly I'm exercising everyday and things have been pretty quiet but today I shared my first story in a while and noticed I have 100 new followers since I last logged in! That's amazing!
Welcome to the documentation of my experience with preventative surgery which is taking on a lifestyle bent and a healthy one at that! I live mostly over on my travel page @aussiebroadabroad which has over 3K of followers and I don't usually celebrate little milestones like this but here, in this community, I feel it's important to do so.
When I first started planning my preventative surgery in the form of a nipple sacrificing, skin sparing, double mastectomy with direct implants, I was eager to find and connect with people who had been through the same thing in order to help me manage my expectations and understand the gravity of that which I was about to undertake. I have tried to be as transparent as possible without being too graphic but I am working on some before, during and after posts that I hope you won't find too confronting. Having documented in detail my time in hospital (see my story highlights), I am fully healed but still on the road to recovery. At the moment I am working on losing the weight I gained during my recuperation in order to more accurately asses whether or not a revision surgery is required. The anchor shaped scars that now adorn my nippleless mounds have healed nicely but under my arms they have enveloped or 'dog-earred,' creating pointy puckers just below my armpits.
My surgeon thinks he can fix this with a small revision or even liposuction (all of which would be covered by my care plan) but as my upper body is where I tend to carry most of my weight, I think diet and exercise will go a long way toward resolving this. Once I am back to my normal weight of 60kg I will asses whether further intervention is needed.
In the meantime I am yet to decide what other cosmetic measures I might like to take...do I want 3D tattooed areolas? With pea-sized subdermal implants for nipples? Or do I want something else like small pink flesh coloured hearts where