By: Laura Mckay
When I was 9 I overheard my parents talking about cancer, I knew it wasn’t good but didn’t really know anything about cancer.
My mum was diagnosed at 35, she fought so hard and I lost her when I was 14.
I’d always known my mum was fostered and that her mum has passed away but as I got older I understood that it was breast cancer, same as my mum and as far as we knew, all the women in my family.
I was the next female in the family line.
In 2015 I tested positive for a mutation of the BRCA2 gene 🧬
I fell pregnant and then had my son in 2016, this was what pushed me towards risk reducing surgery.
I struggled with the decision before having him, knowing I’d lose my breasts and that I may still get cancer even after going thorough all that trauma.
3rd September 2018 was my surgery day, I had skin sparing non nipple saving double mastectomy with immediate implant reconstruction,
Shortly after surgery I knew something was wrong with my reconstruction and I found out cruelly one week later that my surgeon had made a mistake and used the wrong shaped implants.
I developed seromas in both breasts within 10 days due to no aftercare and no surgical bra being provided and 4 weeks after my mastectomy I had to have another surgery to remove skin from my right breast, this caused my already poor reconstruction to look and feel even worse.
I found an new surgeon and was transferred 2 weeks after my second surgery and I felt so much relief knowing I wouldn’t see my current surgeon again, not only did he make a mistake, he didn’t own up, apologize or treat me with any kindness or respect.
Unfortunately I developed a rare complication where my scar widened and opened revealing my left implant, I saw a surgeon immediately and had emergency surgery that day which left me flat on one side and wonky on the other. I stayed like that for 7 months, my new surgeon is very kind, gracious and highly skilled and makes me feel so cared for and reassured me which helped me handle this much better than I would’ve under my previous surgeon.
In the following March (my mums birthday the 28th) we began reconstruction 2.0, fat transfer and scar revision.
The following July I had a huge surgery to internally fix my reconstruction, place two new implants and additional fat transfer and scar revision. I was complete again!
In January this year (30th) I had more scar revision and more fat transferred, I still have a lot of skin to fill as my natural breasts were very large.
I am still not finished but due to COVID-19 my reconstruction is on hold, I will see my surgeon in June to make a plan to get things finally finished off.
Unfortunately I still have extra skin and my implants have dropped plus I feel daily discomfort as my implants need more internal support, I know that I will get there eventually and In the meantime I’m working on my strength and fitness, so much surgery in a short time really takes its toll so I’m a little glad of this reprieve.
Lots of love,