Welcome! I'm Chiara, triple negative breast cancer survivor; here is my journey, I hope it helps you!

THE SECOND OPINION

THE SECOND OPINION

I saw another breast surgeon last week, Dr. Michele Blackwood, for a second opinion. She is more aggressive and recommends a mastectomy after chemotherapy, followed by radiation. I'm in shock at the mention of such radical surgery. I can't imagine my beautiful, sensuous breast being removed from my body; what would be left, something plastic in it's place? Would I look like Pamela Anderson from Babewatch, with a watermelon on my chest? What would happen to sensation, to arousal during sex, to my self-esteem? My boyfriend came with me to the appointment, but we argued in the waiting room and he left, so I was alone with the doctor; I didn't hear anything past "mastectomy." She ordered an MRI for me to get a thorough look at both breasts. There's controversy about getting an MRI, because it could make your breast tissue "light up like a Christmas tree," which sometimes causes doctors to recommend surgery when it may not be necessary. I chose to get the MRI. I'd rather know now if anything else is growing in my breasts. 

THE BEAST

THE BEAST

THE TALK WITH THE TEENAGERS

THE TALK WITH THE TEENAGERS