By: Madison LeBlanc
PTEN mutation means that my body doesn’t use it’s tumor suppressor gene or in my case of a complete deletion it just didn’t make it. When it comes to PTEN mutation we have 6 different types of cancer types we are likely to get and breast being our number one at 90%. We’re constantly under screenings to stay a step ahead of cancer but at 19 I decided I didn’t want to be doing that with my breast. At 19 I had my first of many breast appointments because I decided to take my risk down. Of course during this appointment they found 3 lumps that all needed to be biopsied immediately. Gratefully none of them were cancer but this only solidified my choice.
Three months later I was 20 and sitting in the pre-op area getting my chest marked for my mastectomy. I was absolutely scared out of my mind but new it was the right choice. After the surgery I woke up with my breast removed and my expanders in place. I woke up still loopy from the medicine and wanting to know where my implants were. The joke was on me. For 5 months I went in for fills to make space for those implants. Far from the “boob job” everyone thought I was getting.
Fast forwarding to now. Those implants are a far cry from what I expected and understood. I was told that we would place them in and I wouldn’t have to deal with them for 10yrs. No one told me that I was going to need pain management appointments, or that brain fog would come with them. This is why although much more drastic and first I have chosen to do a flap procedure using my own tissue. Not only will I not have to replace them at a young age but I won’t regect my own tissue with firce, autoimmune like symptoms.
Thank you for your time.