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tummy tuck oct 24. Breast Lift Dec 3/ sad side of tt update June 2014

A little about me. I am 54 years old and have...

A little about me. I am 54 years old and have wanted a tummy tuck for a long time. I have had 12 biological children and adopted 2. I have nursed for over 25 years. So, which was I going to do first? Tummy tuck or breast lift. Tummy tuck won hands down. I am a very active person, very fit but could not loose the extra skin on my belly. I am just a week out of surgery. The first few days were a blur. I was in a lot of pain but kept up on the pain meds. Now at a week post op I am doing very well. I do have pain at times but not to much. I am up and about, lightly cooking and driving small distances. I do feel very swollen which is normal. I did buy silicon strips to put over the incision . Here are a couple photos

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Wow, your BEFORE looks better than mine and I have not given birth to ANY children!  You will look totally amazing once the swelling subsides!
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Wow...you looked great before, after giving birth to 12 children. My stomach is way worse than yours was and I don't have an excuse. Lol! Good luck with your journey and congrats! Keep us posted!!!
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You look great
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10 days po

I am actually do very well. My scar is healing fine. I am bloated but very happy with what I am seeing so far. Looks like I am free of the pesky stretch marks. Belly button is centered and fine size. Scar is a little high on hips but I knew it had to be after 12 kids did their number on my belly. Trying to decide if I should have a breast life. It actually is scheduled for december 4th. I wanted an augmentation along with it but hubby says no to any fake things put it. here are some pictures from today

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You look awesome! I noticed you said something about you breast lift and augmentation. I had that done last December and love it. I have a good bit of breast tissue so I still had the heavy breast. When I stood up no issues but still had the boobie fallin in the arm pits because go the weight of them. Not as bad as before but knew it would get worse. I had the option of just letting it go or getting something called .STRATTICE. Like an internal bra. It's sounds kinda yucky but you can't feel it like implants and they use it for breast reconstructive surgeries. Its a little pricey but worth it. Since you aren't getting the implants it should run almost the same as you surgery with the implant added in. No more sag for me and I now have more upper fullness with major support! Ask your doctor about it if your interested. I'm happy for you and wish the best!
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12 days post op

I feel I am doing very well. The scar is closed and healing well. I am using silicone strips. I can see more of a waist everyday which is wonderful as I have been straight up and down for so many years. I know the lipo will take a longer time to see the results but I am so happy I did this also. I hated the back view of me as there just was not a shape. As for the muscle repair I am beyond happy about that. I have had a problem with sitting on my tailbone since I broke it 15 years ago. It has been impossible to sit. I had an MRI and there was nothing they could do. But I have noticed since the tt and muscle repair my tailbone does not hurt to sit on any longer. I am shocked and delighted. I could not sit for any length of time. I walked 8 blocks today and felt like I ran a marathon . Gotta start somewhere. But the big news is I am going ahead with the breast lift. It is scheduled for dec 3. Any suggestions. My husband does not want augmentation. I do as 25 years of nursing has taken its tole. Will a breast lift be enough?

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14 children, what a blessing. You look great! I hope your recovery goes very smooth and you can come to a decision you're comfortable with regarding your breasts! (You are my hero, nursing for 25 years. How awesome!!! I did all 3 of mine and loved it) God Bless
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just a recommendation

I have found that if I wear a camisole under my CG that I really dont notice the garment at all. No rubbing or discomfort . If I wear one with reinforcement in the bust I dont even have to wear a bra which also is so comfortable. I only have a cg down to my hips as I did not have lipo on my thighs

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13 dAYS po

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I have been reading and reading so many of all your reviews on this site. Thank you all for taking time to share your journey. You dont know how much it has helped me and I am sure many others. I am taking it easy, just lying in bed today. My little girls made me breakfast in bed. So sweet. My incision is healing up very well. My belly button is great. I am dealing with a lot of muscle soreness due to the major repair I had to have done from my wonderful 12 blessings. I deal with a lot of swelling. I can tell my muffin top is gone but my waist is actually bigger right now. So that is depressing. I have very low energy which to some would seem like I am still doing a lot . But to my normal busyness , I am doing nothing :) Here is a picture a few days ago of me in a dress. I am scheduled for a breast lift December 3. I figured I would just get it all done at once. I am a tax accountant by winter and a Inn owner by spring and summer. So this is my down time.. Fighting the blues but thank the Lord for this site. It keeps me sane

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thank you so much. I will ask my ps at my next appointment

a few more pictures

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What a difference

A few days can make. I woke up today and just felt wonderful. I had a lot to do and felt ready to go for it. I had a mammogram today to get ready for my breast lift on Dec 3. I walked to the appointment and back. Three miles. I was afraid I might over do it but I still felt great after. I ended up cleaning my house to get ready for grandbabies that are coming tomorrow.

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Faja

Okay. So I bought one of these off of amazon. One with hooks and short, ending on thighs and straps. I checked the sizing and decided I would go by waist as the weight and hip parameters put me at 3x extra small. Decided to go by my waist, the biggest part of me and got a small. Ill tell you what, there is no way I can get this on my body. How do you do it. Is it really supposed to be this tight. Wont it squeeze out all my innards :-) What is the secret. Should I just give up and send it back

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Wow!!! A dozen kids + 2 more lovelies?!- amazing!!!! I think you had your sx Oct 25th? It's nice to follow along someone doing the sx before you... I did the TT+BBL+Breast lift w/implants -and some LIPO on my back and flanks! I will be 3 weeks on Tuesday--and it has all been going well!
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Yes, you are right behind me in the surgery. You look great by the way. I am 3 1/2 weeks post op and have not looked at my tummy for a few days. Been busy and hope the next time I look it will be smaller :-)

3 and 1/2 weeks

I couldnt be happier. I am walking on the treadmill 3 or 4 miles a day. But the wonderful feeling is having a waist again. I have small hips and now I have a waist that goes with it. Size 6 and shrinking :-)

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I love your results!! Did you work out a lot before surgery?
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Thank you for sharing! You looked good before your surgery, and now you look fabulous! I'm so glad to see someone in my age group! Congratulations! About the boobs, I think to have a lift without implants is good, the breast will be smaller but perky!
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Thank you. I dont mind if I get smaller up top. Just want some perky

Different

I am seeing my po on monday. I want to ask him how he did my belly button as I never had stitches or tape or anything and it looks exactly like my old one. Exactly. How did he make it ? Must have done internal stitches before he sewed me up. He also did all internal stitches on the tt line and I never had scabs or anything past the first week. No strips. I wonder how it did it so well.. I am seriously happy with his work. Now on to my breast lift on December 3

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Did you ask your PS about the BB? I was looking at your pictures and there did not appear to be any stitches even int eh first few days although it seems highly unlikely he didn't have to do anything if he did MR. Maybe he only did the MR from below your BB?
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No. He did the full tummy tuck. He did everything from the inside. It really is amazing the work he did. He first degree was in engineering and he is very precise at what he does. The incision was also amazing. I had almost no scabbing, I could take a shower 48 hours after surgery. The incision is so healed at this point and is fading. No dog ears. I really am impressed with his work. I look forward to my breast lift next week. Thanks by the way :-)
Looking great!!
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Thanksgiving

I have so much to be thankful for and am so thankful for all the Lord has blessed me with. Last night I decided to read some of the reviews on this site of people who had bad tummy tucks. It really broke my heart. I can't believe all that some of these women have had to deal with. So sad.

I am five weeks now and here is pictures today. I couldn't be happier with my results. I am about the same weight as pre op Maybe about 5 lbs less. I am definitely smaller in my lower abdomen. All my pants are big on me. My waist is a tiny bit smaller and for some crazy reason my boobs are a little bigger. Weird. I am scheduled on tuesday for a breast lift. I can't wait to have this done . I posted pictures of the droopy twins on my other review

I am swollen below my incision line a little. But the dr said it was very normal and would resolve in time. I don't swell at all any where else. I just got back from a family gathering with relatives. No one knows what I have done but they commented on how tiny I was. I just smiled
Have a great day ladies. This site has been my best buddy thru all of this

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You look great... Happy Holiday's
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5 weeks

I have so much fun reading all your reviews and so appreciate those who have taken time to wrote all their feelings . It helps those who are going thru and will go thru this procedure. I am not one that has shared as much and can now see how useful it is to others. Sorry. Short update. I go in for my breast lift in 2 days. I haven't taken to much time to think about it as it is a much easier surgery to recover from. I haven't told anyone about the surgery. My mom knows and my husband. My husband and I don't live together due to our jobs. But he won't even be there this time. My 16 yo daughter will take me and I haven't even told her what I am having done :-) I went out on friday to a family reunion. It was fun and especially nice when so many commented on how tiny and great I looked. I kept my secret. Somehow I just don't feel like sharing the procedure to many. I told all my daughters about my tt in advance and none of them had much to say,so figured I would keep my bl to myself.

Pysically I am pretty well much back to normal. I have been going on my treadmill for 4 miles and 10 percent incline at 4mph. I haven't started back to Insanity or t25 or done any abdominal work. I guess I will have another set back after this bl. But then it is just onward from there

I am one that has had a remarkable recovery, no issues, I feel very blessed. I am posting a photo of me going out to the family gathering.

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I pray all goes well with your BL, I think you will look so fab after, good for you girl,I t somtimes as moms we forget to be women, looking our best at all stages in our lives is important, we our truly blessed to be able to do these procedures! Healthy Healing!
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thank you

It's almost time

Getting ready to go to sleep. My surgery is in 9 hours. Not really nervous . Just wanting to get it over so I can move on to recovery. Nighty nite

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done

My surgery is done. I think it all went well. The dr said he did not have to change my size which is what i wanted. So I think I am still a c but hopefully a non droopy C :-) Icing myself now

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what???

This is such a crazy happening. I had my TT 5 1/2 weeks ago. When My husband went to get me to take me home, his car battery had died and he had to get a jump from the staff. Today my daughter picked me up in a different car and guess what. My battery was dead and had to have another jump. I am now known as the lady with the dead car batteries . The dr actually changed and helped my daughter jump the car.

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yay!! How exciting I can't imagine after spending so much time making and breast feeding babies how good it feels to have your body all to yourself and making improvements you are excited about. I can't believe how tiny you were before and even tinier now!! You look amazing and I hope breast lift went well today for you!!! xoxx
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I'm so excited for you, can't wait to see the new girls! Healthy Healing
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Breast lift

Here I am 3 days post breast Lift. Cant believe these droopy boobs are now not resting on my belly. I hope they stay like this. I did not have any implants. 6 weeks post tt

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Just recovering

I had my breast lift one week ago and can't wait to get to the point where I can get back on the treadmill. I feel like the ponds are coming on. The tt has healed very well. I would still like a smaller waist I have read over on bbl that the women waist train. I did not have lipo on my upper stomach. It stands at 30 inches . i would love to see 28. Here I am with new pair of levis that are 28 by 32 . They sit on my hips so they fit fine. Is just good old exercise going to help shrink my waist

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The girls are perfect! Wow you really heal well, I think you're really 20! Seriously you are a champ! You look awesome!
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thank you.
What a good Dr starting your car. Your breasts are lovely! You are such an inspiration to me, I lactated for 10 years and I thought that was good! So glad everything is going well for you. x
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exercise

I finally did my first ab work since the tt. It didn't hurt to do it.. Didn't feel weird. But tomorrow will be the test to see if I feel like a mac truck ran over me. All in all I feel pretty normal now. Breasts are fine and I am very happy with the size and shape. Time now to have fun dressing this new body and getting stronger with exercise

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That's good to know, I'm thinking three months maybe, but two gives me hope. I think I'll have to nominate you for an award debs!
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I agree! She really does rock right!?

Fit, fabulous and 54 :-)

I couldn't be happier. I have my 20 year old body back. I have started back with t25 and my stomach does not have an ounce of fat on it and the muscles are so strong. The incision has healed up wonderfully. I truly am so thrilled. Hope this encourages anyone reading this that it is never to late. Im 54 and have had 12 children. So if you are on the fence about your tummy tuck I encourage you to do it. My breast lift also went better than I expected. I did not have an implant. I did increase in cup size. Maybe because my band size went down but I am now a 32DD. I am wearing size 4 clothes and am slowly redoing my wardrobe as all of my clothes are 6 and 8. I go back to work tomorrow . I hope everyone is doing well. My only regret is that I did not do this sooner. I didn't realize how much I hid behind clothes and avoided mirrors. But I have my confidence back. If you are in the grand rapids area I highly recommend my dr.

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Never to late is right! God is good, your quiver is full, and the body of your youth is restored, enjoy every moment, you are blessed! Hubby too!
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I so understand on being so happy - keep rocking !
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Love it!! FFFF - fit, fabubulous at fifty four!!
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here is a photo

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whoops 14 children

I have 12 bio children and also 2 lovely little russian girls that didn't come from my belly but are just as much in my heart

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wow, those boobs look awesome and no implants!! wowl, you go girl!!
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back to the grind

of work. Its almost been three months since my tummy tuck. I have to say that the tt has helped me in the way I wanted most. Getting rid of the skin and lipo on my flanks made it so I could fit back into normal clothes. It has helped define my waist. I used to have size 4-6 hips with 8-10 inch waist. Clothes never fit right. If they fit in the waist, they were so baggy and I looked so dowdy. If I got my pants to fit in the hips. then I could barely button them and always had a muffin top. I hated putting clothes on. Which leads to not wanting to go out . Everyday was a reminder of how dissportioned my body was. I did not want to look like the typical stereotype of a grandma. With no waist. Now I fit perfectly in a size six that fits at the waist and a size for if on the hips, with no muffin top. Shirts and sweaters also were a dread to find to wear that didn't cling and show my bulging belly. But now I am so flat. I wish more than anything I did this surgery 10 years ago and didn't waste so many years feeling low about myself

I don't wear my compression garnet except when doing t25 and jumping. My flanks hurt were they were lipod I think they are still in sculpting time. But I have been able to do all the ab work and i feel strong muscles. I have been blessed with lithe swelling. I think it is age related as I am past menopause and don't have hormones floating around. I wish my waist was a little smaller. I am 38-28-34. a 26 waist would be ideal

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I love your story, so happy for you I can almost feel your joy..its so nice when clothes fit right. I'm just waiting for all my swelling to go down and get back to my workout routine then I'll be like you, wishing I had done this 10 years ago :).
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;) happy vibes sister, keep it up!
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4 month update

I couldn't be happier. Having my muscles repaired has given the strength back in my stomach muscles that I haven't had since I was in my 20s and 12 babies less. Right now I am doing shaun t25 gamma. I have never felt stronger. I am an easy size 6 with some being to big. I probably weigh a good 135 but weight doesn't matter as much as how I feel. I so encourage anyone on the fence about a tt to know that you won't regret it !

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up close of scar

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another

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Hey Debs! You are looking amazingly fantastic! My partner was a bit freaked out by my scars in the beginning but he is getting used to it now. I agree with skinnyinside, soon they will be faded and he might not feel that way then or perhaps ......Maybe you could hit him a few times with the frying pan and then you would both have scars and he would feel better! :-)
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You really look fantastic, I bet you and the hubby are enjoying the new you ! Wink-wink! It's so nice to see other women who are a little older who still feel and want to be sexy, comfortable in their own skin. I know I was truly inspired by your post!
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you know that is the sad part that I have not put in the post. My first husband of all my lovely children is not here any longer. . My second husband of 2 years doesn't like I had the tt and bl and doesn't like the results :-( very hard. Does anyone have a husband that is appalled by the scars?

8 months post op

Things are going very well. I have been doing the 21 day fix and bike riding along with running our motel. I have continued to tone up and am very happy with my results. I am currently a size 4 or even a 2 and my stomach is like a rock. I wish all of you that are going to have a tummy tuck the best of luck

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sad side of Tt

This is my second marriage. My first was for 33 years and I am sure my husband would have supported me 100 percent with a tummy tuck and breast lift. I have been married for a little over 2 years to my second husband. He could not accept my tt . Obvioulsy we had other issues but my surgeries he could not accept. Of course it is devastating to me that he feels the way he does. It has brought us to a divorce. Like I said , we had more issues going on.
As for my views on my surgeries, I couldn't be happier. I would not choose a different decision if I could go back in time. The surgery has done all I had hoped and more. I have to face that our marriage would have dissolved anyway if it was coming to an end for this reason. I cant really figure out why he feels the way he does.

I am curious if any of you have had a negative reaction from your husbands or boyfriends

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I can relate to the husband not being onboard with the decision to have a TT. Mine tried to discourage me for over a year so I finally thought "tuck it, I'm doing it whether he likes it or not". He's been okay with it since he realized that it's really made me happy. Also when he realized I had actually BOOKED the surgery he knew he had to get over the way he felt about it. He quite likes my new flat abdomen! So sorry that your TT led to a divorce but like you said it probably would have happened anyway due to the other issues!
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Hi Debs, I ran across your posts, because I too had a BL. I am sad for you and your husband deciding he doesn't like your results, and usually the first thing that happens with us is our confidence is boosted and that brings about changes in our self esteem that sometimes a partner can't handle. Sending prayers and hugs to you! Trudge forward!
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Hi Debs, i'm sorry to hear about your divorce. you are absolutely correct in that it would have ended up there anyway with or without the surgeries. Personally, if he could not come to grips or accept a process that you needed to feel better and and be happier with yourself and your life, then you are better off without him. My boyfriend did not like the idea of surgery, he thought it was unnecessary and he does not like my scar. BUT, his feelings for me has not changed, he does not desire me any less nor has he ever argued or been upset with my surgery at all. I think he secretly likes that I am more confident and look better in a bikini and clothes too :) So while I believe that husbands/boyfriends have a right to their opinions and feelings even when contrary to ours, both parties in any relationships job is to accept and support each other no matter the disagreements.
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11 months post op

It has been 11 months and I am still as happy as ever that I had a tummy tuck, breast lift( 9 months ago) and deep fx( 4 months ago). In the last months of the summer I have lost a little weight, about 129 now. My breasts are the same size as pre lift 36, c. My face has finally lost all the redness. Waist sits at 27 or 26 1/2. Hips are smaller at 34 1/2. The tummy tuck has been life changing as I now have my confidence back and I feel so much stronger. Having my muscles sewn together in my tummy has strengthened my posture all all that comes with better stomach muscles. I do have a slight dog ear on my left side which the ps is going to fix next month. The scar is fading nicely.

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You look fantastic! Sorry about your husband, that was the hardest part to read. You will find one out there who is going to LOVE you the way you deserve. GOD blessed you with 12 +2 special gifts as well as your even more special gifts in your grands! Keep Healing Happy!! Got you in my prayers.
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So glad to see your fantastic results after 12 pregnancies. I have been contemplating TT fir awhile now. I had 9 babies all delivered by C-section. I have a ridiculously ugly scar from my belly button down. I am 61 and my family tells me I am being vain at my age. You have given me such a push to do what I want! Thank you for your posts!
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Thanks for the update lady. I'm glad to hear you are still happy with your results, isn't it amazing how our bodies heal and adjust. I'm also sorry to hear that your husband couldn't adjust, sounds old fashion to me. Some people just can't enjoy something different, think back it's not that long ago we women couldn't wear pants to church! I pray for a complete turn around, and you two can make it work. If not I pray you are still the best you that you can be! My husband wasn't supportive of my TT, but he just rolled with it, he came around and is pleasantly surprised he likes how I look. If he had not come around I was okay with that too, I figured someone else can enjoy what you paid for. Stay strong sister!
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