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I really thought I would die...

Posted by Emilienne Rebel on

I really thought I would die...

Five years ago this week I took the plunge to get a second mastectomy and double breast reconstruction (bi latteral). The decision to undergo the nine hour intensive surgery was not made lightly and I really struggled with the thought of putting my now healthy (then post cancer five years) body under so much surgery... not to mention the worry and risk for my young family. However I did go ahead and early morning on the Monday stood in front of the hospital mirror whilst my surgeon drew lines and explained changes to the expected operation. She told me my...

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New years and Mastectomies.

Posted by Emilienne Rebel on

Welcome to a new year and a very delayed Happy New Year. A difficult start to the year, but slowly getting back into my stride. For someone like me with bad chemo brain that seems to have lingered, I like it when Facebook jogs my memory events from the past. This morning it told me it was 5 years already since I decided to go ahead with my risk-reducing (from Breast Cancer) second mastectomy and double breast reconstruction (My first mastectomy had been 4 years previously). I was unsure about the massive surgery required right up until the day I...

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The Perks of a Breast Reconstruction... better boobs than before?

Posted by Emilienne Rebel on

Well Christina Applegate certainly thinks so and I have to say having had a double mastectomy and reconstruction myself I love my new breasts and so was definitely a 'perk' for me. I thought I would share this uplifting opinion.  'You can get better boobs than you had before!' Christina Applegate on the perks (and the pitfalls) of having a double mastectomy' Actress and breast cancer survivor Christina Applegate has spoken out about her life and her body six years after she underwent a double mastectomy.The 42-year old mother-of-one, based in California, says that breast reconstruction has improved by leaps...

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Angelina's Preventative surgeries to beat Ovarian and Breast Cancers

Posted by Emilienne Rebel on

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/angelina-jolie-surgery-article-1.2160538 Such and inspirational story for many facing a similar dilemma. Angelina Jolie, whose mother died from Ovarian Cancer in 2007, said she underwent the surgery (the brave decision to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes in her continued quest to reduce her risk of cancer) last week, two years after she underwent a double mastectomy because she carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene. “It is not easy to make these decisions,” she wrote. “But it is possible to take control and tackle head-on any health issue.” Click on link above to see the full article on NYDailyNews.

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