“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” - Matthew 11: 28
“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book” - Psalm 56:8
He knows my pain and is with me through it. I can cast all my sorrow and burdens on Him who gives me strength. He will give me what I need to endure this.
During the reconstruction there will not be much left for the surgeon to work with. It isn't like a normal augmentation. Because so much is lost during the mastectomy she will be doing a tissue expander technique that requires her to use human skin graphs (from donors - ewww!), temporary spacers (the actual expander) and will need to use the pectoral muscle since there will be no tissue left to hold the spacer (or implant) in place. Here is a good page to read about it that is not too graphic. Most sites have real pictures so I tried to find one that was less graphic.
She gave us a little background on how the surgery would go. My oncological surgeon will start the surgery by doing the mastectomy and sentinel node biopsy (they remove the main lymph node to see if it reveals cancer). The biopsy will give immediate results that will let him know if anything else will need to be done during the surgery (i.e. other nodes will need to be removed due to the cancer spreading). I did learn that the scar will need to be a lot larger than if it was an augmentation so this was sad to me. Once he is finished it will be my plastic surgeon's job to try to reconstruct what was there. I am very thankful that this is an option and even though this is hard for me I know it is a blessing to even have this as an available option. I know women many years ago did not have this option nor did they have the skin grafting options available that they do now.