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Strength, Surgery, and Baseball Jerseys

7 Days and Counting

Just one more week until my surgery!

And I'm so ready to get it over with. I'm feeling stronger than I have all year, and although I'm quite nervous about the procedure itself (unilateral mastectomy with single-stage reconstruction), I've been too busy lately to think much about it.

In my continuing quest to cram a Summer's worth of fun into two weeks, I've gone to the beach, attended the circus, hit the SoWa Open Market, and did a Paint Nite with friends. I've also gotten my ~4 mile walks in a few times a week. I'm exhausted! Stamina isn't quite what it used to be. But it felt good to get back to "normal" activities.

Here's the Paint Nite crew:


And my masterpiece:


CupcakeWe were all instructed to paint a cupcake, like this (in case you were wondering why I chose to paint a weird, pop-art cupcake). But the room was dark, people were drinking, and of course there were varying levels of experience (it was my first Paint Nite), so it was fun to see what people came up with. And very therapeutic to paint while chatting with friends. I would definitely do it again.

Amidst all this fun I did have one meeting with the plastic surgeon, where I learned all the gory details of the upcoming procedure and listened patiently while he shared the "what if" scenarios (as in, "what if things don't go as planned..."). Hopefully that won't be the case and I'll have a straightforward operation, 2-night hospital stay, and then home for ~4 week recovery, before starting the 6 week radiation regimen.

We'll see what next week brings!


Eric Wholley


Eric Wholley

What do you mean, your stamina isn't quite what it used to be, lol!

Speaking metaphorically, you've been in the process of running an obstacle course, sprinting a marathon, and doing complicated gymnastics and still somehow managing to remain positive through the ups and downs! Seems like you have plenty of stamina, lol.

I'm glad you're staying busy and active and focusing on enjoying yourself. You're probably doing a lot more for yourself and your health than you realize.

Good luck on Monday, I'll be thinking of you!

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