A Cup-One no longer two.
I have decided to opt for a single mastectomy Wednesday 25th July 2012.
I have always been an A-cup bra size- but from Wednesday I will just be "A cup". A single cup- no longer two. Although I was teased for being flat chested by family as a teen, now in my 40's my breasts have sagged a bit giving them some definition and I have really felt good about them over the last couple of years. They seem to have softened and aged more gracefully than the rest of me and upon "naked reflection" I now consider them be the most attractive part of my body. Being practical, I will give up one to prolong my life.
My decision not to have reconstruction has been met with compassion and understanding. Actually I think most people felt (and some said) it's not going to make a lot of difference and no-one will really notice. That is probably true.I was given the option to enlarge both, but I just don't think I would feel like me.
This is what it comes down to. I want to feel like me- on the inside. I don't want to have to hide what I look like nor the scars of what my life's journey have left on me, to make other people feel comfortable. I have to be able to live with myself and everyone deserves equally to have the choice of not having reconstruction.
My breasts have performed well to supply my two children with milk and I am grateful to them and I will miss my right breast with its birthmark actually I might miss the birthmark more as I have had it forever!
(I expressed for three months for my son who could not breast feed and my husband actually asked me as sson as he heard the diagnosis if I thought it was all that pumping with the machine that caused the breast cancer! LOL!)