My Journey with breast reconstruction after mastectomy

  • rachel_joy
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • 1 year ago

Hi everyone! My name is Rachel. I'm 22, living in Santa Monica, CA. I'm BRCA2+ and last year (exactly a year ago today, actually) I had a prophylactic double mastectomy with tissue expander reconstruction at UCLA. A few days after my mastectomy I started a blog called Ticking Time Bombs to document my experience. The URL is I've shared some of the details of my story on a RealSelf My Journey: I now have 800 cc style 45 silicone implants and I love them!

Comments (4)

Amazing girl with an uplifting attitude! As I've said before Rachel, your blog has helped me immensely. I'm sure many other feel the same way.
Rachel, I read your entire blog last week as I was coming out of my anesthesia fog. I truly appreciated your chronicle- warts and all. I posted a little note on my own site about the recent Angelina Jolie announcement. After reading your blog and having my own very different experience than she had, I thought it might help some women make the decision to have surgery a little easier. Thanks for your diligent banging away at the keyboard! Check out my response to Angelina Jolie here: jen woodring dot me
You are one brave girl!Congratulation!

Congratulations on this incredible journey! Your story will offer wisdom, courage and much more to many women. Thank you for sharing and supporting our communities!