Like many stay-at-home moms, I have tried to figure out what I should be doing with all of this “leisure time” that I have during the middle of never, and blogging seemed like it might be an interesting adventure new to me and no one else on Earth.  I didn’t want to join the masses and start a blog that was simply a sounding board for all of my gripes, moans, Pinterests, and things I would say to myself anyway if I didn’t have a blog.  And, just as I needed an exposition for this blog, things happened in life and the answer to, “What should I bore people about?” revealed itself.

On February 18, 2010, my sister, Alyssa, was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. As with everyone that loves, knows, or has known someone affected by cancer, this was devastating news.  At 30 years of age, Alyssa was (and is) unusually young to have breast cancer.  (I am beyond happy and thankful to report that she is very much alive and well, having finished her chemotherapy on June 7, 2010.)

Her team of physicians worked very well and very quickly with her because of both her age and the aggressive type of breast cancer she had.  Part of their initial work was advising that she have genetic testing done to see if she was a carrier of one of the “breast cancer gene mutations”, which she is.  Once Alyssa received her results as being positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation, her geneticist advised that our mother, me, and our other two sisters get tested.  As the odds have it, our mom and two of us girls have the BRCA 1 gene mutation, and two do not.

I decided this was the right time to start my blog for a couple of reasons:

  1. The anniversary of my sister’s diagnosis is coming up in the next few days; and,
  2. My prophylactic, bilateral mastectomy and DIEP flap reconstruction are a month away.

My initial purpose for creating this blog is to be a nuisance to others trying to hoard Google hits about breast cancer and images of boobies.  My second purpose is to allow other women who are considering either of these surgeries to preview the process from beginning to end.  I intend on blogging through as much of the process as I can, with the time immediately after surgery and initial recovery being the most questionable as to my ability to blog.  I hope to get my physicians’ permission to post photos and video about (and of) my surgery and recovery.

I will also post about how the surgeries and recovery impact my usually busy, everyday life.  As a stay at home mom to twin toddlers, there is going to be a lot of struggle to get back to 100%.  This is further complicated by the fact that Mike and I have no family in town, and we are going to have to rely heavily on a rotating schedule of caretakers for me and our girls.  How long and how hard these struggles will be are totally unknowable until I’m on the other side of it.  I hope that my blogging about these various experiences will help someone similarly situated, and maybe make some others throw up.