All's good, all's well, I'm happy, no swell!

Thank goodness I found this site! I went in to...

Thank goodness I found this site! I went in to talk about lipo, and my PS said (gently) lipo isn't going to give me the results I wanted. He introduced me to TT procedure. Watched a video ~ not sure that was the smartest move ~ and after getting the funds together, I scheduled it! That was last November! I never thought March would get here, but here it almost is. I have had many sleepless nights, dreams, and anxieties about it, but I keep reading how happy everyone is once the recovery process is behind them. So, last November I was wishing it were March, and now that March is here, I wish it were June! I can't wait to get rid of this flabby, loose skin ~ not from having kids, but from weight loss. Still is just gross and it seems no matter how hard I try to firm it up, it just isn't happening! I don't know how to post pics, but I have some before shots that I want to compare when I get through surgery.


I completely agree with BB! I had my tummy tuck a week ago today, and although I've got a ways to go before I'm fully-healed, this is by far one of the best decisions I've ever made for myself. Good luck with your journey!
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Talented, you are going to be SO HAPPY that you are doing this!!! Like you I waited a long time before deciding to have this done and now I could kick myself for waiting!!!As far asthe recovery process, while everyone's experience is different, mine has been easy, easy, easy. I didn't have any of the pain some people say is a level 12 on a scale of 1 to 10. Sure there was some pain but nothing I couldn't handle or take care of with Tylenol or Motrin. It thelps to have a trustworthy PS to do your surgery. I am lucky to have found mine. He is truly the best in my area of the country. I, too had skin laxity from leight loss and no amount of exercise was going to change it. This surgery is absolutely the best thing I have ever done for myself. I only wish now that I wouldn't have waited so long to have it done. This site is GREAT!! Here you will find stories similar to yours and support from the ladies who post here. So, congrats on your decision to go ahead and as they say here,....see you on the flat side!!!
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Oh B.B., you are wonderful for passing on your knowledge and insight! I am excited to have this TT, and from what my PS tells me, they have a method now that helps with pain and being able to stand straight right away. I guess nothing can be as bad as my mastectomy and reconstruction ~ done at the same time~ so I guess mostly I am just anxious. I already wish I hadn't waited so long, but nothing I can do about that except just be glad I finally am doing it. I am also having lipo, but I guess that comes with most TTs. So, yes, (I love this) See you on the flat side!

Ok, another somewhat sleepless night. Seems...

Ok, another somewhat sleepless night. Seems between 2 and 4am, I am in a slight dream state, going through surgery in my mind, talking silly to the nurses, running around naked afraid I'll see myself in a mirror, and trying to find clothes that fit! LOL! I get up to go to the bathroom and start pushing my belly fat around, trying to flatten it out, lifting that awful flab that is going to go by the wayside, and imagine how it's going to be. I'm really getting excited about this! And hearing from you all is such a comfort, so thank you! My question for today is, anyone have suggestions for what foods are good after surgery? I keep hearing about pineapple. Any advice from anyone is so appreciated! Thanks :)


@Talented @B.B thank you so much ladies...I'm feeling more confident already! N you know how the saying goes, "you are as young as you feel" and I can tell u ladies a bunch a fabulous, great looking women! I hope I can be as vibrant as you too if I'm ever blessed to see over 50! Congrats Ladies! ;)
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Hey Talented! I'm happy that you just like myself have decided to take tht step to true happiness! I'm praying for a safe and speedy recovery! N ur right...our stories are so similar! N just like you I wish I would have done this sooner...but everything works itself out at right time...keep me updated n I will def be following your story! Good luck! :)
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Thank you so much for the good wishes! I feel healthy and fit, except for the flab you know, so I too am hoping for a speedy recovery. I'm lucky enough to be able to take all the time off I need, so that is a real comfort. I don't have to push myself. And I agree, everything works itself out at the right time. And I certainly am ready for the right time! Thank you!

Counting down! 2 weeks from today and I am wishing...

Counting down! 2 weeks from today and I am wishing the day were here. It's so hard waiting. I keep having thoughts what the weather will be like (I hope it's raining) and how nice it will be to have nothing to do for a week except take care of me. Then I switch to how bad I will feel, how much pain I will be in and hope I have nothing to do. I haven't told anyone what I am doing and will try not to. I don't know why I don't want anyone knowing (of course my husband knows!) maybe the opinions. Plus it isn't a cheap surgery, so it sort of feels funny spending this much money on me when there is so much need in my area. Guilt.
Well my friends, I have a question today...and I haven't heard anyone comment... But are stairs hard post op? I have 17 of them to maneuver ~ one way! Happy healing to everyone, love you all for your acceptance and understanding and sharing!

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Eleven days to go! I found out today that I am the...

Eleven days to go! I found out today that I am the first scheduled surgery on the 18th, and that made me skip a heartbeat! It is becoming so real! I am so thankful for all of you that have already had the surgery and continue to post. It's been a comfort to read and see your progress. I hope I do as well. Still not sleeping without waking up for an hour or two processing and imagining what I will be feeling like and how I will do. I have my husband to help me the first couple of days, but then he has to go back to work. I should be able to be by myself after a couple days, right? Almost ten days to go.....:)


Have the jitters tonite, asking myself if I am ready for this and if everything is going to be alright! I keep reading how happy you girls are that have already been through it and am just hanging on to that. I was even thinking that day light savings is here and it brings me one hour closer to surgery ~ which is on the 18th! One week to go........
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Woke up today imagining where I would be next week...

Woke up today imagining where I would be next week at the same time. At 8am I thought in one week I will be getting prepped for surgery...9 am anesthetized, 1pm recovery....the whole day has been like this! And my TT is next week! I'm even having tummy pains! Gads, does anyone else have this anxiety? Just wish it were over. My poor husband just looks at me. He's good support, but he just isn't the same connecting to all of you. I know deep down everything will be just fine, right?


That's funny, I thought I was the only one having the sleepless nights navel pains dreams and not wanting anyone to know about everything. Thanks for the post I'm not crazy after all. I go march 21 2013
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Hi PrincessErika, thanks for your reply! I bet we all go through similar stuff with our own special twist. Good luck to you, and I will be thinking of you too. I'll try and let you know how the first day of recovery is. I see some ladies actually post a few hours after they get home!

Had a great day today. We had staff pictures...

Had a great day today. We had staff pictures randomly taking while we were all diligently working away, and then we got to preview them. Guess what I saw? My big tummy roll, oozing out of my pants, squeezing, bulging, looking like I had a towel rolled up in there! That was enough to confirm I am doing the right thing! It's just a huge roll of skin and fat, flapping over my belly, so gross. Cant imagine why I didn't get this done 10 years ago, but better late than never! Feeling prepared, have all the things I think I will need, and am starting to clean and get all the "chores" done that I can think of doing. It will be a busy weekend, and then the TT on Monday! Almost here .... Love you all that are reading this!


Thank you pharma3641!, I am so happy to hear surgery is a breeze! It's just around the corner and I just wish it were behind me! Can't wait to get rid of this belly! Happy for you, and praying for speedy recovery!
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I'm excited for you! Surgery is a breeze!!! I'm excited to see the before and after! Hugs and kisses your way!
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Talented, girl you are going to do just fine! Reading your story made me think of how many times I took a bath and would try to flatten my tummy in the front trying to imagine what I would look like! Have to say, I look 10x better after TT then what I could do with my hands! :) My husband is a farmer and so I would say after a few days I could manage by myself. You really don't move too much anyhow. Just make sure you got everything handy! Rest will be your best friend! I was able to go upstairs 3 days after surgery. The only reason why I went up there was because I wanted to "fluff" in private without my whole family listening to every little sqeak that snuck out! :) You are one tough chic! Just happened to see that you beat breast cancer!! Wow, cannot imagine going through something like that! You should be giving us encouraging words and hope! God bless you!! :)
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What's wrong with me? I'm in tears today, knowing...

What's wrong with me? I'm in tears today, knowing the weekend is here and I can't call my PS office and surgery is Monday morning early! Don't even know what's wrong. I'm emotional one minute and laughing the next. Seems like Monday will never get here, but that could be because I'm not sleeping at night. Makes for a long 24 hours. Not hungry today, feeling a little upset stomach, but maybe just from being tired. I think I'm totally prepared, and am making a list of things I have left to do since I don't trust myself to remember squat! A little jumpy too. My dog barked and I almost came out of my skin. My dog always barks! I practically could tell you how many hours I have before 7:30 Monday morning.
Well, I'm off to read others stories and seee just how weird I am today. Feeling better just voicing this. Thanks girls, love you all for being here!


Hi everyone! Home and doing good! All went well and although I'm a little sore, it's certainly tolerable. My PS tightened me (MR) and I also has lipo, so I expected to be sore. I'm on some good pain meds so I'll be sleeping here shortly. Thank you for prayers and well wishes! Hugs
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Thinking of you. Hope everything went well!
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Good luck today!! Can't wait to hear how your feeling and most of all your results!!!
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1 day PO and am feeling good. Came home yesterday...

1 day PO and am feeling good. Came home yesterday after being in recovery about an hour longer than planned. The nurse said I didn't want to wake up, and kept falling back to sleep. They just let me doze, thank goodness. I go in today for a little look see, bandage changes and CG adjustment. Don't know why, just the way my doctor does it. Can't wait to see how I look! I asked him how much skin and fat he removed, but can't remember his answer. I also asked if he took off the allotted 4,000ccs from lipo and I remember him saying I didn't have that much to take. Ha! That's a complement, right? I'm able to get out of my recliner and walk to the bathroom a little hunched, but already I feel like that's getting better. Sleeping off and on today, pampering myself. Feels good! Just waiting now for that well talked about BM to hit! LOL!


Do you have any pics?
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Zabette, I have taken pics but don't think I can load them on here. I have an old phone and using an old iPad ( doesn't take pics) it's a real bummer, because that is something I really want to share. I love my after pics, and the before TT really show what got removed. Darn.
That's too bad:( I'd love to see the before & after. Congrats on being so happy with your results!

Well today is PO Day 5 and you all probably want...

Well today is PO Day 5 and you all probably want to quit reading right here. It's boring! Nothing spectacular has happened! I feel like a freak, I'm off pain meds, I have one drain left but I'm draining 20 in a 24 hr period, my pain level is maybe a 2, I can stand straight albeit takes a second or two to get there, I've pooped, I'm eating a little, I have very little swelling although there is some, I actually like wearing the binder, seems to keep me together. Now I am not complaining, I just wanted to connect and relate to you awesome caring peeps and I feel like that "fat kid" outsider because I am not having a hard time of it. I wish all of you had the same kind of recovery I have had. I have been told all my adult years that I am " such a strong person". I guess I am, but so what? I still care about every one of you that have gone through this change in our lives to feel better about ourselves. For those of you that have found humor in this journey, thanks for that. I think that's what can get us all through hard times, laughter, our God, loving ourselves, family and friends. Not necessarily in any order. Well, thanks to those of you that read all the way through my ramblings. Feeling a little emotional, day 5. Hugs to you :)


Can't wait for your pics( no matter how you end up getting them posted lol) happy healing
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I see that you are on PO day 7, sounds like you are doing great! I hope you feel like posting pics, I am excited to see your before/after! I hope the rest of your recovery is just as good as your first week has been!
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Pharma, I am unable to post pics from my phone and old iPad, but wonder if there is another way? My PS has pics, I just need a device to do it. Have had an easy recovery for the most part and went to work for a bit today. I hope I have an easy week 2 also!

Yesterday was such a great day. I went to work,...

Yesterday was such a great day. I went to work, stayed on my feet most of the day, did chores. Went to bed (in my lovely recliner) and slept good. This morning I took my first shower in 8 days, had my binder off for maybe 30 minutes. All of a sudden, I have SWELL HELL. It started coming on late morning, and believe you me ( whatever that means ) there is NO doubt in my mind I am suffering from it. I haven't eaten much, certainly no salty foods, still feel good, but I have am feeling like someone hooked up a vacuum to my BB and blew me up! Thank goodness for this site so I know what is going up. I'll let you all know if I explode, but I am hoping it will go down by tomorrow. Ugh. Not the best day, but not the worst either. Hope all my TT sisters are doing good today.


You sound like you are doing awesome! You women amaze me when you can go back to work so early! I'm 3 weeks today and finally started to move around!! You need to hop on a computer and post pictures so we can ooh and ahh over you!! Have a terrific day! :)
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Your story sounds a lot like mine! Except I'm younger but my TT was a breeze! I didn't have any issues so far its going on day 4 this was a great decision ! I can't wait to see your pics you have to check my story out! You are a real trooper!!!
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If you read my post from the 26th, you know I felt...

If you read my post from the 26th, you know I felt like a beached whale! Thank goodness that feeling, along with the swelling went away. My binder is securely wrapped around my new flat tummy, my yoga pants are loose, and I am comfy cozy this evening. Started taking short walks, and being a runner, walking takes forever to get anywhere! But, after a ways, I was glad I was just walking, and turned around just in time. Any further and I'd had to of flag down a ride! Anyway, I am PO double digits! Ten days and am feeling on top of the world. I have loved connecting with all you TTers and truly, your support, advice, funny stories, warnings, and shares, have made this a great experience. I feel so lucky to be able to go through this journey with all of you by my side. Thank you friends, I'm deeply humbled. Hugs to every one of you.


Totally agree! So glad I found this site. Glad you are doing well.
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Love your postings! Can't wait to see your pictures
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It must be in the air sweetie.....I am also feeling the swell very much today. I am sure your swelling is related to the fact that you are back at work!! And that in itself is so amazing!! Hang in there sweet lady this to shall pass! We will all get through this together!!
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Hi all my TT friends! Just checking in, wishing...

Hi all my TT friends! Just checking in, wishing everyone a Happy Easter Sunday. Shouting out how happy I am to be alive, grateful for my life and appreciating all the goodness there is. I feel good at POD 13. I've had minimal swelling, basically am pain free and have been told I'm text book recovery. No complaints and so happy to have been able to have this TT. My confidence is soaring and I love looking down now to see that flabfatskin roll gone! Haven't had the blues strike and maybe at 59 years old, the mood won't hit. I just feel GOOOOOD and had to share.


You are an amazing woman:) Thank you for sharing your story:)
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Talented it fills my heart with so much joy ... to hear how great you feel and how happy you are with your results. You made me laugh when you said how much you are loving your belly button because you can actually see it!! I relate to that so well!! I don't ever remember loving my belly button as much as I do now. And the flat tummy is still so surreal to me... Even with the swelling I feel so much better about my body and not having to pick my panties out from under the gut flab is such an amazing I was looking very forward to before my surgery. That was one of the many things I hated about my sagging belly. I am also in my 50's but this whole tummy tuck makes me feel better about my body than I have since I was in my 20's .. It's never to late to embrace our bodies. Have a great night and keep me posted!! Love you lady!!
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Glad you are doing good. Well on your way to recovery. Congratulations.
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POD 18. So, today I get to put my feet up, pamper...

POD 18. So, today I get to put my feet up, pamper me, and just kick back. I started back to work last Monday pretty much full time and really appreciate today. I've been feeling great, no pain at all, sleeping good, just a little swollen, and the only real depressing issue is my weight hasn't changed one ounce since I initially lost 8 pounds. I'm not eating much, staying on low sodium and carb free, drinking lots of water, and nothing seems to be working to drop a couple more pounds. If I even take a bite of something tasty and salty, I'm up 2 pounds the next morning! Maybe I don't know what swell hell is and what I think is just a little swelling is a lot. Granted, I'm not burning many calories, but I would think staying around 1,000 calories a day would make me drop a pound or so in a couple weeks. I feel like I'm stuck .... Hey maybe my scale is! That's gotta be it. Happy healing everyone!


Talented....maybe you need to take in a few more calories sweetie....I have the same issue when I eat to few calories. My body seems to hang on every bit of everything. Since my surgery I have been sticking to 1300 calories 6 days per week and then eat pretty much what I want 1 day per week. Without going overboard of course. But I really enjoyed Canadian Bacon/Pineapple/Jalapeno pizza one day.....another day I indulged in some Jelly Beans(an addiction of mine) and some chocolate. But I try to keep even those indulgences in check. I was so stuck in a weight loss plateau ... and once I kicked up the calories a bit and allowed for the splurge day it has moved me past it!! I am glad you are feeling so fabulous ... You deserve it so very much!! Good luck with the continued weight loss and I just know you will get past it!!
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Thanks Lori, I think you're right, I needed to get more calories in me and it seems to be working. I also feel a little more energetic, so maybe I was too strict. Had a great day today and am feeling so close to "normal" ~ whatever that is ~ LOL, that I almost didn't think about my TT today....seriously! Kickin back tonight with the feet up enjoying the Country Music Awards. Loving life with no fat roll sitting with me. Don't miss that companion!
I so know the feeling of swell hell. I have been trying to stay under 1000 calories. I woke up today 5 pds lighter than I was yesterday... Tomorrow I will wake up 7 pds heavier than what I was today!!! LOL, By 12 weeks we should be all good, just in time for bikinis!!!!! My first time ever....well looking good:)
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Went to see my PS this morning and everything is...

Went to see my PS this morning and everything is great! My TT scar is thin, low and healing perfectly. I love the way my BB looks, mainly because for once in my life I can see it, but he did such a great job! I asked him how he can cut such a perfect cut in jello, and he just laughed at me, but seriously, he is an artist with what he did to this body! I am so happy with how I look. I've lost 11 pounds since surgery and for me, that's just one of the bonuses. I am going to see how things go in the next couple of weeks, but I am sure I will need some new clothes! And then maybe some sun, and a vacation? My wonderful husband seems to think it's possible. He even said I deserve it! What? Where did I find this man? Loving life and grateful for every day.


Talented you sound wonderful!! My heart is filled with joy each time I read one of your updates. I am so happy for you!! You deserve a wonderful vacation and the wonderful husband you have!! Enjoy your weekend!!
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Thank you Lori, just posted on your Bio too. What can we say? Life is just darn good!
would love to see photos - happy healing!
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The swelling has arrived! My scar has disappeared...

The swelling has arrived! My scar has disappeared in the new rolls I have developed. It's buried somewhere in two little fat looking belly rolls on top, one on the bottom. When I sit down I look like I need another tummy tuck, and my hour glass sides are straight up and down! I know it's just the swell hell I read so much about and was proudly strutting around bragging that it didn't hit me! Ha! I'm paying for that! Hit me square in the gut! Big time! The good news is I know it will subside, and I need to be patient, and oh Lordy, please someone, tell me this will go away!!


You have such great wisdom I love to hear! You are right, it doesn't matter what my BB looks lke, I will never wear a bikini or belly shirts! Just not my style! So THANK YOU T! Ineedd that chat! You are such an awesome friend! :)
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Big Smile! And you Lacey, are also an awesome friend!
And more proof you are cool, you typed me a song! :D Made me smile, even with the new foot of snow that has fallen!! Now, that says something! :)

Just got home last night from a long 4 day...

Just got home last night from a long 4 day vacation and I was so excited to read all your updates and comments. It feels good to be home, but the getaway was needed. Got to see family and actually managed to not over do it in the food/drink department. In my family, food is love, and there is a lot of love here!
Had minimal swelling ( I'm PO 37 days) and went without my CG round the clock! Wore a flexee off and on, but ditched that too after a few hours. Slept in a real bed and woke up laying on my side! These are all milestones for me and I feel the days are getting better and better. I agree with those of you that comment about the swelling ~ It's a killer and plays stupid mind tricks on am I just fat again, do I need another tummy tuck, will I ever be happy with this body, do I need BIGGER clothes? Yikes! Then I read about others going through the swell hell and know it's part of the healing process. There is so much emotion attached and downs, critiquing every glimpse of myself in mirrors. Worries about exercising and wondering if I will ever run again and feel in shape. Wishing I could do more gardening (sorry Lacey, it's nice here) and frustrated that I still feel discomfort with numbness and scar line. After being signed off RealSelf for 4 days, I have to say, I am so dependent on all of you and your postings. It gives me comfort and makes me feel normal ~ as normal as we can all be after going through this. I certainly have no regrets, am happy to be where I am and amazed at how fast time has gone (new best advise there is to enjoy the down time, cuz it zooms by!) so glad to be back here and catching up. Thanks for all your posts! Feeling good!


Good morning T.. Got big plans for the weekend? Maybe taking a stroll down the Oregon Trail? :) I read alot of Historical Romance books, and I happened to see you are from Oregon.. Popped in my head right away, Oregon Trail! (I promise I'm not taking any illegal drugs, LOL) Have a superduperterrific day!
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Lacey dear! Yep, Oregon Trail is all over the State! Found a few arrow heads in Eastern Oregon wandering the trail when I was a kid. Went out for a 4 mile walk this morn, and tried just a tiny bit of running. It felt OK, but I can tell it's going to take some doing to get back to where I was! Have a fun weekend planned, ( well, fun for me anyway) hanging out at home with all the critters, digging in the dirt, looking at my tummy ~ can't seem to get use to seeing the flatness ~ and loving life! How bout you? Hope you get some decent weather and can enjoy some time outdoors! Have a grrrrreat evening!
I'm addicted to this site too!! Glad you had a great vacation and are feeling well!
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Afternoon everyone! It's an absolutely perfect day...

Afternoon everyone! It's an absolutely perfect day today! I'm feeling great, strong, happy, energetic and flat! I am outdoors (except for right now resting and reading RS) gardening, helping my husband ~ we're adding on a garage with upstairs living quarters ~ and enjoying a warm sun filled day. I'm a little sore from my first attempt since surgery at running ~ but managed about 1/2 mile in my 4 mile walk yesterday. And truthfully, I might just be other reason except for having a big slab of fat and skin cut off me, skin pulled together and attached, some hidden muscles stitched up, a tube in me sucking out fat lumps and only 6 1/2 weeks ago! LOL! Still, I am feeling the best yet, and feel the difference in everything. Clothes fit big, (note to self....MUST go shopping) glances in the mirror stop me in my tracks, hearing a few compliments (why yes, thank you, I have lost a little weight - big grin) Husband daily telling me I'm hot, and not just because it's mid 80's today. Can life get any better? And, I have all of you, telling me about you, sharing your story with me. Helping me with my questions and concerns. I could never ever have gotten through these last few weeks like I have without each and every one of you and your comments and advice! I am blessed and grateful beyond words! Hugs to you!


Glad you feel so well. Be careful and don't over do it, but have fun. Life is good. We are very fortunate to have you in here too.
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Thank you Imasweetie! Too late, over did, but felt so good to work hard! I'm swollen tonight, but not that uncomfortable. I'm very lucky in that I have had no complications and feel the healing process has all been normal. Lucky me! I have no complaints! Thanks for your post!
Good Afternoon my flat friend!! Hope you are enjoying your weekend. .... not a day goes by that I don't think about you and Lacey...wondering how your both doing...Connecting with both of you and so many other wonderful ladies throughout this journey has been such a blessing! Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I will be looking forward to reading your next update!!
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Ugh, a nasty cold caught me! Stuffy, irritating...

Ugh, a nasty cold caught me! Stuffy, irritating cough, runny nose, and absolutely no energy. Dang it, I was feeling so good over the weekend too. Just want to sit in my recliner and not think. (That isn't that hard for me!) maybe I will think of all the positives though and just be happy. I have no appetite, so that's good. I don't have to do any house work because I have a bad cold, and that's good. I don't have a flabby fat overhang muffin top ~ that's better than good! I'm already starting to feel better! Let's see, what else....I have all of you, and that is priceless! Come to think of it, I'm very very lucky!


Hello my triple trouble are you? Feeling better and over your cold I pray.....Been thinking about you and Lacey today along with several of our other TT sisters.....and wanting to check in ... send you love and hugs and wish you a fabtabulous weekend!!
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Okay, I have to get this off my chest.. JEALOUS!! I have wanted an attach garage, FOREVER! Still waiting.... I will say I did get an addition on to our house with a bathroom which made me very happy, BUT it's the "man cave" according to my son.. And now Brad gets a new machine shed.. WTHay?? My garage is just going to be a distant memory I'm afraid.... :( I guess when you are in a nursing home, who needs an attatched garage, right?? Sorry about your cold.. Maybe you just needed a reminder to take it easy! I have a job related question for you... Why would my daughters horse keep tripping when she rides him? She rode him Sunday bareback and he just about went all the way down. But usually just trips or stumbles.. And why do my cats keep having more cats?!? Is it something in my water? In their food? :) Have a Grrrrrreat day T...
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Hey Lace, I'll send you a personal note on all the horse talk...hate to bore all our TT friends ..... Except I will say SPAY those cats! And as far as the garage goes, I've waited TEN years for this to happen! It's been a good year, a TT and a garage. What more could a girl want? Besides, by the time you are my age, I'm sure you will get your garage, grand babies, your writing career will have taken off and you can retire on your own private island! Today is going to be a take it easy day for sure. We have a going away party with cake! I'm not missing out on that! Hope your day is fun filled and sun bright! Will write horse sense this evening!

Hi TT Peeps! The cold that caught me let go, but...

Hi TT Peeps! The cold that caught me let go, but left it's nasty cough behind. I can tell you, even at 7 weeks out, coughing the deep throaty cough is no picnic. Sometimes bending over holding my tummy and really coughing hard about makes me want to cry, but then I feel pretty good until the next bout! And you know, now that the big ol tummy pillow is gone, bending over isn't all that bad!
Actually, I'm feeling much better. Seven weeks and I'm feeling pretty normal. I have all my energy back, can do everything I was doing before surgery, and I go through the day without even thinking about how I feel. I do still get the swelling in the evenings, but it's gone by morning. I have been binder free for 2 weeks (with PS permission) am running a couple miles a day and I've lost 15'pounds from surgery date and feel I'm at a good spot. I love my flat tummy, the incision is low and thin and healed. I'd do this over again in a heart beat and am amazed at how fast the time has gone. This is the best thing I have ever done for myself, by far. I guess you could say I am one happy flat tummy tucker!


Talented...sounds like you and I are tummy tuck twins!! I am so with you every time I read your updates!! Feels wonderful to run without the belly!! I believe you cold has traveled from Oregon down here to California. I had a sore throat a couple of days ago...but tonight the nose is plugged and the cough is coming on....Best to get it out of the way before than grandbabies get here!! I am overjoyed when I hear how great your feeling!! Keep up the good work my sexy friend I can't think of anyone I would rather share this whole journey with!!
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Lori, I'm so sorry you have that cold! It hit me pretty hard and normally I can fight just about any "bug" off in a 24 hour period. I'm hoping it doesn't hit you as hard. The cough reminded me that surgery wasn't all that long ago after all, and that I still had some pretty tender muscles in that flat tummy area. Good does go away! Take care and rest so you are 100% in no time!!
Hi Talented - good for you that you are already back to running! Inspiring. Even more so is your determination. After a double mastectomy! Your an Amazing woman. I think I'd shut down feeling sorry for myself. Well good for you. Your better than ever! And I had my eyelids done too, wow I love the results! I've gotten carded buying alcohol a few times. At age 48! That feels good. Well, take care- don't over do it, and I'd love to know if your cancer free now?
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I went to see my PS today and he said I don't have...

I went to see my PS today and he said I don't have to come back unless I have any unforeseen issues. I'm healed, I'm back to life as I knew it before surgery and feeling great! My TT scar is thin and in some places, has practically disappeared! I love my results and couldn't be happier with how I feel. The first week after surgery is just a faded memory of discomfort, pain meds, lots of sleeping, being waited on and cared for by my wonderful husband, and making sure I kept my binder on! I didn't even know what a binder was before all of this. I've gained knowledge, gotten goose bump feel goods from all of you and been able to share about me knowing I had acceptance and understanding. Thank you everyone, for being so good to me! I have a flat tummy and I am happy!


You look great! You'll knock em dead in your bikini. I hope ours just blasting and not the seroma. Goid luck to you.
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Hmmmm RUa dvm 2? Don't wanna out you, you can PM me again!
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Hi Kricken, I didn't get this message until I already had responded to your first one. Oh well, too late and doesn't matter. Just funny to me how aligned people can be. TT a day apart, older (I didn't say old, just older than some on here :) career choice. Hope you get your issue resolved and it's nothing to worry about! Hugs!

All's good and all's well, I'm happy, no swell!

Surgery was March 18th...seems like eons ago. I love my new flat self. I feel great, am back to where I was before surgery minus the dough roll, exercising, working, loving life. I have muscle soreness if I try to do sit ups, but that and my scar is the only reminder that I even had surgery. Oh, and the fact that I am down 20 pounds and have no fat roll!! I sure hope everyone is doing great, feeling strong, and loving life! I feel so blessed to have breezed through this surgery (it is major!) had no complications, love my results and was able to make many TT friends here. I've been reading updates and sure can relate to all the questions, pre surgical anxieties, the first week post op....but I'd do it again in a minute! I stopped the pain meds a week after surgery, I ditched my CG at week 3, started back slowly to exercising at
week 6, and it's been all up hill since! Oh, and I do actually still get some swelling, but I know it has to do with my workouts and active life. I know in time it will stop, so I haven't let it slow me down. Hugs to all of you, loving the flat side!


Glad you are doing so well. I'm with you. I would do this again in a heart beat. So worth it. Down 20 pounds, that's great! Congrats.
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thanks Imasweetie! Hope you're doing as well too! Yep, it's been a journey for sure, but a rewarding one! And like you say....So worth it!

5 Months out and HAPPY!

After 5 months, life is normal. I can do anything I did before surgery and have all my energy back. I have numbness still and get some swelling, but really can't pinpoint why I swell. The hot days? Over worked? Pulling, tugging, pushing, lifting, bending? Maybe all of that, but it doesn't slow me down. I feel good! I would do this surgery again in a minute and this time, would take advantage of resting, getting pampered, taking lots of time off work, not worry about rushing into "getting back to normal". I love not having the big fat flabby roll of loose skin and fat (anyone else have that? Hahahhaah) hanging around. Gone and gone for good! Best thing I did for myself. Summer has been fabulous and I'm loving life!! Take care all my TT friends. Be good to yourself and as Ellen says, be kind to one another.

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