They say, it’s all in how you take care of them. Haha – implants that is. That and how they are made. You know, when you are going through the process of Breast Cancer and decide on reconstructive surgery after having a double mastectomy, that is usually the last thing on your mind – how you take care of them. They say that you used to have to get them replaced every ten (10) years. But now, depending on how they are and you are taken care of, they could last longer than that. Especially the way they are made these days. These days they are more dependable and more durable. Yes, I did say more durable. 8)
I say all this because a number of women I know have gone through this process and for me it was a no brainer. Double Mastectomy = check; reconstruction = check; process/pain only once = check. It was a quick and easy decision for me. Now, after being just over five (5) years out, I find myself still getting used to them. The thoughts of that time, the images, the process you went thru never goes away. You just learn how to deal with it as time passes. You continue to learn how to deal with and live with implants that still feel strange at times. They certainly are different than the real things, but given the choice between fighting Cancer and leaving your original breasts that you had Cancer in or fighting Cancer and getting rid of the original breasts all together only to get new ones (or not) – well there is no real choice is there… it only made sense to me. Take these things, I don’t want them or need them.
To all the women out there who have had, are going through now, or are just being diagnosed I say to you to stay strong! I say stay positive, stay away from negative people, believe and continue to have faith, and most of all, do what is best for you! For you I said, not your spouse, not your family, but you. What is it you want! They are not carrying around those breasts and dealing with this, you are. So, talk it through with your significant other (should you choose) and know, just know, that you are not alone. You are never alone because at the end of the day, there are more women out there that have been through and/or are going through exactly what you are. Of course, everyone’s case is different, but the same nonetheless.
They are just breasts – get rid of them (if that is your decision).
It’s funny to me that when I think back I used to always say “I would never get implants.” And, I never would – on purpose! My breasts were taken away to serve a higher purpose and to show myself and others that there is more to life than physical appearance and meaningless things.
So, my dear survivors and friends – do take care – take care of yourself and enjoy this life you have. Enjoy your Friday, your weekend, your family, but most of all – enjoy spending time with you! This is your life, your way, your future! So, live ~ love ~ laugh! And dance like no one is watching!
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Cheers and thank you for taking the time out of your day to read about taking care!