Skidding Into Home Plate

‘Good morning Sunshine, what a glorious Monday, they’re gone!’ I wanted to shout out to everyone but quickly remembered I am on the recovery ward and must be quiet! I am still in the hospital until I am released by my doctors today or tomorrow! Why am I here, you ask?

Ladies and gentlemen, I have just undergone the final procedures of my recovery – a double mastectomy with prophylactic reconstruction. And for added security and measure, I approved an Oopherectomy – the removal of my ovaries – to make sure cancer did not have a fighting chance of returning! Most doctors will agree that Breast and Ovarian Cancers often travel as a pair.

This sounds a bit drastic, but please know, I was adamant from the date of my initial diagnosis, to remove these parts of my body for my own peace of mind and safety. Although I had the BRCA 1 and BRCA2 screening for breast cancer, it still did not tell me whether other cancers were in my family tree. I am adopted and have absolutely no account of medical history from my biological family. People, I don’t even know about heart conditions, can you imagine throwing that in the mix now?! Oy Vey!

Through my cancer treatments the majority of people, mostly women and medical staff in particular have expressed concern over my decision and not so much in a positive light. One woman, although I have reported her and I will not mention her name, even suggested it was a mutilation. Can you imagine even saying that to a breast cancer survivor? What about all of the countless women undergoing cosmetic surgery (i.e. breast enhancement or reduction) just to feel better about themselves? Are those considered mutilations above mine?

I have heard mixed feelings across the board, to find most as off-putting as the decision to me keeping them. Please understand, it is one of the most difficult decisions a woman can make. To many, especially in this new era of medical technology, I have physically defaced my body of being a woman. To others, especially other survivors, I have done what I can to improve my odds of never having to undergo treatments again.

They have served their purpose (and rather well) and now I more concerned of being here for my 80th birthday than I am about boobies! I have had them replaced but they are not the bane of my existence!

I will be reminded daily and for the rest of my life of my fight against breast cancer with 9 scars already showing all over my chest. I am not writing this to throw it into the faces of the nay-sayers and non-approvers. I am writing this to other survivors and the newly diagnosed – go with your gut and follow your heart!

About Alexandra Wallace Currie

A breast cancer survivor since October 2010 with loads to talk about and share! Founder of The Pink Pom-Pom Project - a crafting for cancer therapy initiative helping other victims, friends and family through treatment and diagnosis. Now based in Fairfield, CT, USA, The PPPP hosts monthly Stitch&Bitch events and Open Crafting classes to local community organisations. We hope to teach everyone that working with your hands is easy and anything is possible!
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11 Responses to Skidding Into Home Plate

  1. shepherd says:

    Amen, sister!

  2. Carola says:

    This is beautiful! **hugs**

  3. Jean says:

    You did the right thing! I would have done the same. You are the only one who knows what to do with your OWN body. I wish you a quick recovery from the surgery and a happy return home soon! Big hug. Jean

  4. Julie Day says:

    Just had mine removed last week! Yes, it is the right thing!

  5. andrea says:

    I am so glad to know that you were able to do those procedures. I was as incredulous and frustrated as you were when you told me the doctor was questioning your decision. Brava!!!

  6. Laura schuhmacher says:

    I’m glad you’re feeling better!! And glad to see your post. Miss you Neno

  7. Calie says:

    I think you are so incredibly brave, Alex – and I believe you have done exactly the right thing. In fact, it’s one of the things I am mulling over in my mind … wishing you a very safe and speedy recovery so you are back to bouncy, full health asap *hugs*

    • Alexandra Wallace Currie says:

      Hi Calie – Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts. It was a scary decision but once made, I stood strong and moved on! My party’s not over yet, sister!
      Good luck! Best in health and love!
      Alex

  8. Meghan says:

    Hanapoop we pray for a speedy recovery and I agree with whatever decision brings you health and peace of mind. I love you always!!

  9. Carol says:

    I believe that you made the best decision…I am praying for a speedy recovery from your surgery.

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