I had a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction this past summer. Throughout the entire journey, I had a difficult time slowing down after the mastectomy and experienced some normal swelling. Doctor Parson continued to remind me that I needed to take it easy. The reconstruction process was not uncomfortable for me; I had expanders in my chest immediately after the surgery but we waited about 3 weeks to begin the real expansion. He suggested we start slowly, which we did and this helped to alleviate the pressure of the stretching muscle and skin.
During expansion, we discussed in detail, what I expected to look like after this was finished. He expressed his opinion about what he thought was appropriate for my body, which I appreciated. He encouraged me to take vacations with my family, which I did, so some weeks I did not come into the office at all. I was never in any pain, which was amazing because I'm a wimp. My expanders were lopsided, with one breast higher than the other, but he assured me that this would be corrected during the exchange and it was. The new nipples look pretty darn good and the size and shape of my new breasts is perfect. My friends are amazed that I started this process only 3 months ago and am now done. I maintained a light and upbeat attitude, which was important to healing both physically and emotionally.