Last week I attended a BRA day ( Breast Reconstruction Awareness) event in Toronto and it was fantastic. Breast cancer comes with the physical and emotional stresses of treatment and for many women a big part of completing the process, is reconstruction. Everyone is different and it’s a personal choice, but for me it’s the final piece of the puzzle to complete my treatment , get back some control over my own body again and move forward with life. It is a long process and it takes time to get in with a plastic surgeon to get things rolling. I am still waiting for my surgery date! It takes about a year from the first surgery to the final product – new boobs! Breast reconstruction is not the same a just getting a boob job hollywood style. It can be painful and long and you still come out with scars – but in the end you get a part of your femininity back, a part that was taken away from you – and that can make all the difference in the world to someone who has just been through the most challenging year of their life in treatment.
The BRA day event was full of good information, a chance to ask questions and see some of the products involved in reconstruction They also had a ‘Show and Tell Lounge’ which for me was one of the best parts. I got to talk to a woman who has had the exact same surgery I will be having. I had a chance to see what it actually looks like in real life and hear about the process first hand. It really is a fantastic concept.
It’s really important to do your homework before you make any decisions about having reconstruction, when and what type. If any of you are deciding about breast reconstruction or have a friend who is in treatment and looking for info here are some good sites to check out.