The Boob Report – Laughter is the Best Medicine

The Boob Report 3

Thank you so much for the support, positive thoughts and prayers. I have been overwhelmed by your kind comments and blog shout outs and appreciate every one of them!

For the first Boob Report, click here.

When it finally sunk in that I have breast cancer, I realized my name would soon have the attachment, breast cancer survivor. When other women have been introduced that way, it has always intimidated me. I mean, what had I survived in comparison?

“This is my friend Janie. She’s a breast cancer survivor.”

I would rack my brain and think to myself, “I’m Susie Lindau. I am a yeast infection survivor.”

The most horrible reality to all of this is that cancer will always be associated with my name. Sheesh! I am a Wild Rider. I am an upbeat and happy person. I don’t want this heavy mantle hanging over my shoulders.

I figure that if I can’t change the fact that I have cancer, I can try to change the way people think about it.

For one thing, my breasts and the subsequent testing continue to have their funny moments.

Who knew boobs could be so funny?

The next step in the diagnosis was having an MRI, but it made me very nervous. I am claustrophobic and had worried about hitting the panic button. I would have to go back and do it again. I couldn’t imagine looking around, encapsulated in the small chamber. My daughter loaded my MP3 player with Muse and the doctor prescribed Valium, so I relaxed.

The morning of the appointment, I jumped into the car and the MP3 player battery was dead. I FREAKED OUT!

After arriving at the hospital, the Valium kicked in. I undressed and put on the gown. (Don’t worry. I was in the examining room.) One of the nurses led me to the MRI and said, “How you lay down on the bed is pretty self-explanatory.”

I looked over at the two huge empty cans plated in copper recessed into the bed and then looked back at her. “I’m sorry, but I am going to have a problem with this.”

“What’s wrong?” She looked very concerned.

I stared back and said, “My humongous breasts won’t possibly fit into these small cans.”

The two nurses looked at my breasts and laughed.

She placed ear plugs in my ears. I lay down face first on a soft cushion and mumbled, “When does the massage begin?”


The MRI banged in very loud staccato beats. I focused on my second book in The Foreboding series. I don’t know if it was the banging or the Valium, but the craziest idea popped into my mind for the climax of my story. Who knew there would be fringe benefits to the MRI!

A week later, I had dinner with Piper Bayard and Kristen Lamb and recounted the experience.

“While having my MRI, I came up with the best climax!” They both started laughing. I didn’t understand, so I said it again only louder. “I figured out my first small climax, but my second climax is huge!” It took a minute to realize everyone around us was staring. They told me to stop saying the word “climax.”



My left breast which is a little bigger is cancer-free while my right one is smaller and has cancer. What the heck? I kept getting them mixed up in the beginning since I couldn’t believe my right breast was small AND it contained a tumor. How could that be?


At first, my doctor thought I would only need a lumpectomy. I have very dense breast tissue which makes tumors hard to find. The results of the MRI showed a second, but much smaller mass a centimeter away and a third one on the other side of my breast. If the third was cancerous, I would need a mastectomy.

I remembered my doctor’s advice from my first appointment. “If you are a worrier, you might consider a double mastectomy.” I worry about everything!

He told me that the risk of recurrence in the good breast would be 30%. It doesn’t sound bad until you think about it as a 1 out of 3 chance. Hey. I am that 1 out of 10 women who got breast cancer. Out of that 10%, I am in the 5 percentile who have a rare form called lobular cancer. 95% of breast cancer is ductile.

I won’t be going to Vegas anytime soon.


Days later, when I had my second biopsy, I asked the radiologist about my risk of getting cancer in my healthy breast. He said, “You will be at the highest risk for getting breast cancer again.”

Well it didn’t take a brain surgeon to make my decision and I graduated in art.

I went home and asked Danny about it. “Wouldn’t it be weird to have one really perky fake-out boob and one soft real one that will eventually get saggy and shrink dinky? They won’t match.”

He looked at me for a minute and replied, “Your breasts have never matched.” We laughed so hard, but for the first time, I considered getting rid of both of them.

I would lower my risk and I would have a matched set. Bonus!


I worried about my sexuality. Why am I in such a minority? I couldn’t think of any movie stars or sex symbols who had openly gone through a bi-lateral mastectomy. I didn’t remember Christina Applegate until days later. I desperately needed a role model. I was 95% sure I would have them both “offed,” but I still needed the results of the second biopsy and wanted to hear my surgeon’s opinion.

The next morning, I turned on the television after Danny went to work. There was Angelina Jolie announcing her elective prophylactic bi-lateral mastectomy. Her specific Jewish heredity has the highest rate of breast and ovarian cancer and her DNA test came back positive for the BRCA1 gene. I had so much admiration for her, I sobbed. I couldn’t believe the timing of her announcement.

The following afternoon, my surgeon said they found pre-cancer cells in the biopsy, but he believed the radiologist probably missed the cancerous mass since it was so small.

I asked him about recurrence after a double mastectomy. He said, “Your risk would be less than 1%.” I would go from the highest risk factor to the very lowest with a double mastectomy.

A double mastectomy it is.

My surgery is Friday May 31st at 9:30 am. I am still praying that my lymph nodes are clear. I will be Wild Riding again in no time!

I had so many questions for the reconstructive surgeon. Nipples? No nipples? How do they do it? Are there one, two, or three surgeries? Is the implant safe? What about the nipple tattoos I had heard about?

I will be in good hands. Literally.

Oh man, you are really going on a Wild Ride!

Am I changing how you think about breast cancer?

Danny will post a Boob Report on Friday after the surgery.

Related posts:

The Boob Report III – Post-op

The Boob Report IV – Coming Out of the Haze

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231 responses to “The Boob Report – Laughter is the Best Medicine

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  3. Susie, I wanted to borrow your picture hear for my upcomiing post on my treatment and how laughter is the best medicine. I won’t post it until Saturday or Sunday. Please let me know if you have any reservations about this. Have a great weekend. ..wherever you are! :)

  4. A few years ago, on a flight to Berlin, I was seated next to a lovely woman who, after a few bottles of airplane wine, told me about her double mastectomy performed for the same reason the year prior. “And the best part is, I was an A cup, and am now a very full B!”

    After another wine, she urged me to touch them, to see how real they felt.

    And after another bottle on my part, I did. And it was the best lady groping I’d ever done over the Atlantic.

    Which I guess is just to say, if getting felt up is your thing, you can really make a go of it. And if not, well, you’ve got this. Good luck.

    • Hilarious! I’ve flashed a few friends, but I still have the hard expanders so no groping, yet!
      I am looking forward to the switch with the soft silicone on the 28th, I have to admit the idea of being cut open again sets me on edge. My doctor wants me to have cleavage and doesn’t like how far apart the pockets have become, so he’ll be working on my “pockets” too. It will be worth it in the long run. Then maybe I will find myself on a plane asking to be groped! Hahaha! It better be by another woman or my husband may have something to say about it! :)
      Thanks for stopping by. I will be blogging another Boob Report soon!

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  8. Thanks for sharing. You’re so brave. Your humor, your courage is inspiring. I’ve been there. I know the feeling. You have a great guy beside you. We thank God for that. I hope it was a successful surgery? Here’s wishing you quick recovery. You’re in my prayers.

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  10. I think you are totally awesome! Your strength is so inspiring <3

  11. As a matter of fact, you are changing how I think about it. You are making me feel less afraid. How are you doing this– making cancer funny and normal and not scary? xoox to you.

  12. Thank you for sharing your very personal experience, best wishes to you and your family.

  13. Thinking of you on this Wednesday morning and everyday! :)

  14. A strong woman keeps her sense of humour no matter how trying the times. That is definitely you. Good luck!

  15. I so admire your courage and the decision you have made. It seems to be the best option for your situation. I have never had this traumatic diagnosis handed to me but lost my mother to ovarian cancer when she was 38. I can only hope to handle such a situation with humor and grace as you are doing. Best to you and your family.

  16. I love the photo! Laughter does heal a lot doesn’t it?

  17. A very brave decision – a careful one with the best advice.. And absolutely all best wishes from this side of the world for a speedy recovery and a long, – and suitably wild – future!

  18. Yanno, you could always have a t-shirt made that says “If you’re staring at my chest, ignore the right breast. He’s being a real SOB”. It’s a little wordy, I know. Okay, I’ll think up something with climax in it and get back to you.

  19. Mrs. P

    My thoughts are with you as you go through recovery. You sound like a great spirited lady. Take all the time you need to ask all of your post op and reconstructive questions. Find a surgeon who cares about what your goals are and is passionate about doing a really great job…like an artist, so to speak.

    A friend of mine is a plastic surgeon and through him I have been able to see a variety of different attitudes from surgeons. A surgeon who cares won’t get annoyed if you ask too many questions (which I would if I were having the surgery). I wish I knew the ones from your state…but during the consult, you’ll know when you meet him/her.

    I am glad that you decided to be proactive regarding the double mastectomy…it’s not like how it used to be…in the old days.

  20. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  21. I come to this post via Bulldog and am so glad I did. I am hoping all went well.

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  23. Wow. My first time on your site and I’m teary eyed and yet laughing at the same time. You’re terrific. I can’t wait to hear about your next adventure.

  24. A fine sense of humor and a realistic perspective in the face of a dire situation. You’re the woman! Praying all went well, and that you’re already on the road to recovery and matching breasts. :-)

  25. Love you , Susie.
    That is all.

  26. Awesome. Love your spirit and approach to this. I’ve often thought of myself in the same position — could i pull it off? Humor and up-beatness in the face of cancer? I don’t know, but you’re certainly an inspiration in that direction. Thanks to Roam About for pointing me your way…. And we’re neighbors (I’m in NM) !!

  27. Susie, you’re really showing this “C-bomb” who’s boss! My prayers go to you and family. When I read the post about the “cllmax” I howled — so much so that it woke my dog up.

  28. Just learned about you and your boobs on Kristen Lamb’s blog. You are one strong, courageous and positive lady. As you say, the Wild Ride will continue. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, after the drugs wear off. Much Aloha

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  30. S. A. Young

    Positive, healing thoughts being sent out into the universe tonight for you, #SusieStrong!

  31. I’m late to this party and have had you in my thoughts all day. Our daughter travelled this same route 5 years ago and rocked the journey as I know you will. Onward!

  32. Diane Turner

    I found your story through Kristen’s blog. You are an inspiration for all of us. You have a rockin’ sense of humor. Love, love, love it! By the time you get around to reading this, your surgery should be over. I’m rooting for no lymph node involvement, no cancer, and I, too, vote for nipples. You’re in my thoughts and prayers today for a quick recovery, and though I don’t know you personally, I’m sending you love and hugs anyway.

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  34. Melissa Lewis Taplin

    Thank you for sharing your story, your humor, your bravery and such a personal experience to help others. Praying your surgery goes well today. Also praying this is the last time you have to face cancer. Thoughts and prayers and with you and yours.

  35. This is for sure the wildest ride ever! Popped over from She’s a Maineac to offer my support. My Mom was a breast cancer survivor. And a very dear friend went the route of a prophylactic double mastectomy about 2 years ago. Her mother recently passed from her second go round with breast cancer. She and one of her sisters did it at the same time, and one of the comments she made was to take your time with the reconstruction to get the best results. She waited for swelling to go down in between steps, where her sister did not (sorry I don’t know more detail), and she is happier with her final results than her sister is.

    As I wrote over on Darla’s blog, kick cancer’s ass and be kind and gentle with yourself as you go through this entire process.

  36. Chad

    Susie, you are incredibly strong in my opinion. I will be praying for you. And yes I know based on the other posts I’m in the gender minority.

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  38. I’ve been thinking about you all day, lady. Big hugs to you. I know you will pull through this with flying colors. I think you are the strongest person I know. Loved your upbeat post – boobs that never match. Hehe

  39. You are strong and amazing. You will pull through this and be up and running in no time. I’m praying for your fast recovery, dear Susie. Such a brave brave brave girl you are!

  40. I am praying for you, and yours! I’ve also been where you are, but I wasn’t as brave, I don’t think. It’s been five years now. Having both taken out was the best choice I’ve ever made. I haven’t bothered with the reconstruction, and I don’t regret that either – prostheses are great. Best wishes, and good luck!

  41. Hello, Susie! I’m here from Kristen Lamb’s blog when I saw #SusieStrong all over Twitter. I’m happy to see you’re surrounded by such an amazing support group! Your humor and beauty in this post is infectious! It’s inspirational to see you laughing and embracing life despite its unexpected hardships.

    I’m on a team for my town’s Relay for Life, which is coming up, and you will be in my thoughts and prayers as we raise awareness and money for a cure. Wishing you a quick and easy recovery, Susie!

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy LinesWishing you a quick, easy recovery!

  42. Thinking of you today, Susie….

  43. Melissa Lewicki

    Susie, your attitude and sense of humor will help you a lot, I am sure. My mom had a double prophylactic mastectomy followed by implants when she was in her late forties. One thing made her very happy about the whole process: she never had to wear a bra again! All the best.

  44. Arrived here via Kristen’s latest blog post … as someone who will undergo thyroid surgery very soon, I have all digits crossed for you, and a candle in the window.

  45. Susie, you are so courageous! Your humor and your practicality will see you through, and I picture you coming out the other side of this new wild ride still you, but now with matching “girls.” :) God bless!

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  47. Susie – Every day will get better…I promise. Been there, done that. I’m a two time breast cancer survivor, and in January 2011 had a bi-lateral with reconstruction. I’m also a multi-pubbed author who blogs about breast cancer. I follow Kristin’s blog as well. Please, please feel free to write to me, ask any questions you want.

    My very best to you and hubby. My thoughts are with you both today.

    Linda Barrett

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  49. Here’s wishing you the perfect set of ta-tas!! :) Your braveness and sense of humor just made my day. I figure, when in doubt, laugh it out!

  50. Waiting for your update!!!! Smiling and sending good thoughts to you. ;););)

  51. I just stumbled on your blog by way of mutual friends… just know you are in my heart… I have done exactly as you are doing today — that was in 2001. I was 37. Blessings and Love – you will champion – and be the gorgeous woman you are forever more… x Robyn

  52. Hello.

    Thank you for this. Beautiful. I am thinking of you.

  53. I’ll be saying a prayer for you today.

  54. Hope all goes well, I’m mentally karate kicking cancer right now.

    All the best

  55. From one Colorado Susie to another … Just heard about your current Wild Ride from Philosopher Mouse of the hedge and dropped by to wish you well. I’m just down the road in Thornton, thinking of you this morning.

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  57. Hi, I found you through another blogger, Nia Simone. Just wanted to say I admire your strength, courage and ability to laugh in ‘it’s’ face! I’m a great believer in positive mental attitude being such an important part of beating something like this and beat it you will! My thoughts (wild or otherwise) are with you!

  58. Saying a prayer today and thinking if you and yours. Sending good vibes.

  59. Dawn

    What a journey..prayers are going up for you today..thanks to Anneli for bringing your blog to my attention!

  60. Thinking of you today and reminding you what a badass you are.

  61. Dear Susie,
    Peg sent me. I am hoping by now that your surgery is over and your doctors are slappin’ themselves on the back for the best damn boob-job ever.
    Your sense of humor will get you through. Mine gets me through serious bowel disease and has for 40 years. Let yourself bitch from time to time, but when someone tells you to stop snivelling, do so at once. You don’t want to lose your audience!
    Good good luck to you and I’m wishing you a quick, perky set of new boobs.

  62. Just found your blog and love your spirit. Sending positive thoughts your way……

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  64. I haven’t been on WordPress for a while… Your post is so funny, laughter is the best medicine and I am glad you are sharing your story in such a humorous way!
    Good luck today! Happy healing thoughts coming your way…

  65. stay strong, susie, stay strong. my thoughts are with you. sm

  66. Hi Susie. I’ve never read your blog before, but I just felt the need to stop by and personally wish you good luck today, and send you many positive thoughts and prayers. I have never seen/heard anyone handle this situation with so much humor. That’s so inspiring! I wish you all the best!

  67. Susie! Sending positive mountain-ish (the geography not the breast-kind) vibes your way. My SIL had Stage 3 breast cancer two years ago and is doing awesome! Go rock the recovery, my friend.

  68. My thoughts are with you today, Susie! You show cancer who’s boss!!!

  69. As a fellow survivor I can tell you that your sense of humour will be the thing that gets you through everything. You rock! All the best.

  70. jasony0423

    Don’t know you, signed up through another blog, but I was compelled to sign on and send you well wishes. Cancer sucks, end of story.

  71. As I read this, it is about 8:30 am central time on your surgery day. You’re in my thoughts throughout the day and following. You are such a familiar presence here in this community. Healing prayers are going your way.

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  73. Laura Hilger

    Woot! Woot! Go take it DOWN, Susie! Hope your day goes as well as it can; you’re in my thoughts.

  74. Seeing your absolute health, wellness, happiness and vitality.
    Sending soothing, healing, peace, ease and flow to you, Susie!

  75. PRAYING FOR YOU! Already know you are healed.


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  78. sonja

    Susie, you don’t know me at all, but my sister forwarded your blog address to me. You are an amazing writer, and a very strong and positive role model to so many of us. Your positive attitude and your sense of humor will get you through any challenge that comes your way.

    I had to laugh about the title after your name, “yeast infection survivor”. That was so funny! Reading about the two cans on the bed really cracked me up. How timely that it is today that I found you and read your story. You are probably just getting ready to go for your surgery. I’ll be thinking of you and sending you lots of positive thoughts. All the best for your recovery!!!

  79. Susie,
    Our paths have crossed a few times on this great world wide web of the blogosphere nation, but we are not friends or even really acquaintances. Still, I feel like I know you just from this post, as you have opened your heart (and your boobs) to all of us, both friends and strangers, out here in the ether. You will be having your surgery shortly, and many of your friends are supporting you with posts today. You are indeed a brave an strong chica, and I wish you all the best in your surgery and recovery. You’ve got this! Kick that cancer’s ass, lady!!

  80. Hugs! I’m thinking of you today!

  81. Thank you for sharing your story and your sense of humor. Many good thoughts are coming your way.

  82. All the very best Suzie. I’ll be thinking of you. I know it’s all going to work out great.


  83. Like David, I felt funny hitting the Like button, but I like you, your fierce humor, and fiercer will to thrive. Your posts are going to help a lot of people. I’m thinking of you and wishing you well

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  86. Susie, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Hope to see you back soon.

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  88. Hi Susie, I don’t know you, but I know Renee. I have a family member who was just diagnosed with breast cancer a few weeks ago, and we are in the thick of it now. I will include you in my prayers, and have you in mind today when I make my challah.

  89. Stay strong and know that you are being prayed for.

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  91. Friday morning and just arrived here, reading, knowing you are about to go into surgery and thinking all good things for you. Can’t wait to hear the final word on the nipples when you are back. Kat

  92. Le Clown

    Best wishes, much love, positive thoughts, and everything in between that involves heart warming feelings, even if it sounds like a Hallmark card, like this comment.
    Le Clown

  93. My prayers are with you today. Thank you for sharing your story.

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  95. I’ve only met you today through your blog. Thank you for such a positive account of what must be scarey times. I’ll be thinking of you today

  96. I don’t know how you did it, but I was laughing while reading about breast cancer. That is certainly a change! Today I am thinking of you (does it sound weird to say and your boobs?) And, next month when I do participate in the Barbells for Boobs workout at my gym (which is a fundraiser that raises money for mammograms for un and under insured women) I will be dedicating my workout to you. I am sure that will make me run faster, lift heavier, and to raise more money. :)

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  102. Sue. I’m in awe of you, your bravery and sense of humour through it all. Wishing you the very best outcome. Thinking of you as you have the surgery today. Hugs.

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  105. Your amazing attitude should ensure you kick butt Susie :-) Adding my thoughts and prayers.

  106. Good luck on the procedure, you will be in our thoughts and prayers today… My wife is a triple cancer survivor, breast, colon and ovarian and been fighting it for 20 years… she was recently announced in remission and to that we give praise… she has seen it all through with a smile on her face and a conviction to kick the big C ass.. so you go girl and I’m sure all will be OKAY… I’m now following you to make sure that it all comes out right…
    My wife now has two very different size boobs… I find it quite interesting, a bit of variation between the two keeps one guessing…

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  108. Just getting back to blogging after a break so have only just found out, Susie. I send you a huge bundle of love and will keep in touch. You are such a champion! Juliexxx

  109. Oh god, I’m laughing and crying! It’s not a pretty sight. Susie, you are my hero. With out without boobs, I adore the hell out of you.

    That chickeneers video ~ priceless! Just like you. I’ll be thinking of you and your family Friday.

  110. Sending you all kinds of good vibes Susie! Your honesty and humor in these posts are admirable, you are so going to kick this thing’s a$&!

  111. Strength and best wishes to you. Be Strong!!!

  112. I really admire your attitude about this, Susie. You’re an inspiration. It was so nice to meet you yesterday. I love talking writing, blogging and publishing! :) I know you’ll be back up, wild-riding and taking us all with you on your crazy adventures in no time! Good luck tomorrow and know that I’m thinking of you.

  113. I just discovered you through Jots from a Small Apt.. and find myself immediately caring that you have a wildly successful surgery and endless inspiration as you embark on this wild, new chapter of a great and long life. Amen.

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  115. Betsy W.

    I am an old friend of Renee’s and I came over to see what wS up. I wish you the best possible outcome of your surgery tomorrow!! Sending prayers your way.

  116. You are a tower of strength and encouragement, Susie! My thoughts will be with you on Friday and as you go through this wild ride you’re on. Keep up the positive attitude and by all means, laugh your ass off. You’re a true inspiration.

  117. Love you, Dear. Will be sending prayers and positives.

  118. Susie, you ROCK! I love your attitude. Prayers to you for Friday and beyond, and we’ll be hearing good news from you soon.

  119. This is turning out to be the wildest ride yet!

  120. Susie, yes, you HAVE changed the way I think about breast cancer. I am in awe of you.

    Sending lots of hugs and happy thoughts (and amazing jokes… so many amazing jokes… none that top my giggles at your Meg Ryan-esque-climax-comment moment, though) your way for Friday!

  121. My computer has been out of action since Mother’s Day – and look what I missed!! I’m with you 120%, Susie. You have an awful lot of love and prayers on your side, and I KNOW you will ride through this with your typical wit and amazing grace. Much love and lots of hugs!!!

  122. filbio

    Good luck and all our prayers will be with you all the way through this. You are a brave woman and so amazing how positive you are about this while also opening up on your blog to everyone here. Stay positive and upbeat. That will really help beat this!

  123. You are so tough – best wishes for the 31st. I have a couple of names of WP blogs on this same condition if you are interested but you may have them already.

  124. Good Luck, I know you will be all right. You take so bravely and can laugh like this. My prayers and best wishes.

  125. All I know is I’m happy that after all is said and done, we’ll still have you around to uplift our spirits and make us laugh for decades to come. *hugs*


  126. You and Angie are quite the team, Susie! So much admiration for you – and sending you all the positive thoughts I can muster for your op on Friday.

  127. Do I really have to keep poking the ‘like’ button?!? Oh man Susie!

    But listen. One of my favorite people in the world, a fellowette yoga teacher, had a double mastectomy for breast cancer, rehab’d with vigor and focus, returned to teaching. She is STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL, much more so than before her surgery. I am not kidding. She didn’t even get replacements (I’m not advising against implants, probably would get them myself), but built up her pecs to the point that she developed what looks to me like a new kind of woman body, kind of elfin. She changed my view of ‘breast cancer survivor’ forever. And you will too. I cried over Angelina, too, by the way, and thought of you. Best, best wishes, and thank you for your story. It is helping all of us face our fears. Will be thinking of you on the 31st.

  128. Susie, you have a great attitude and I think that’s very important as you take on this very wild ride. Danny sounds like the perfect co-pilot. I’m so glad he’s your guy. Speaking of dreams, when I had an MRI on my knee last year, I actually fell asleep. Yes, even through the banging. Go figure. As for being identified as a cancer survivor for the rest of your life, and we’re talking what, another 50-55 years since you’re planing to be around until you’re 105, consider the humorist Joyce Wadler. I read her weekly when she publishes her hilarious “I Was Misinformed” essays in the New York Times. She also had cancer when she was around your age. She wrote a book about what she endured called “My Breast”. Now, her cancer is just one more aspect in her life story. First and foremost, she’s known as an excellent writer. You could follow her lead. I’ll be thinking of you on Friday. If any good vibes come your way dusted with soot, figure they came from me.

  129. Susie,
    I will be sending you the most positive vibes this week and especially Friday. A speedy recovery is in your future – you’re an amazing woman!

  130. I will be thinking of you and praying for you on Friday – Good Luck – hoping for the best outcome sweetie:)

  131. Bring a pillow for the ride home. I’m sure Danny is a good driver but you will feel every bump in the road. Sit in the front seat and hold the pillow to your chest. It will make the ride that much more bearable and it gives you something to hang on to. You’re making the right choice and I’ll be thinking of you on Friday -

  132. Anonymous

    Hi Susie,
    Thoughts and prayers will be with you on Friday that all goes well. You’re a brave soul. Keep your spirits up and be sure there are batteries in the mp3 player. Instead of a “cancer survivor”, you could be the “cancer dancer”. Ha!
    Big Hug !

  133. You will be fine and yes, laughter is great medicine, except maybe if you’ve worked in healthcare and seen so many deaths, etc. like I have. Not to be morbid, I just have a more cautious attitude built upon my years in the field of medicine. Please email me if you can, though I know you won’t have time, so don’t worry you can handle anything. Just know you will experience an … oh my god period(say 3-4 weeks) and then it will evaporate. It’s your body and a loss. Any ??? fire away, I’d love to give my opinion, but you know that already ;) My current job is breast tattoos, yup, and I love it. I see the ladies at the end of their journeys and I get the smiles, laughs, tears, fears, stories all in one session! A few of them said I was called to do this, ha ha. Never in a million years did I think I’d end up doing this in a high rise, overlooking a beautiful city working with great doctors, listening to music making someone look and feel pretty about their bodies. Email me/kim

    • PS. I will say a prayer and send you my well wishes for Friday! You have a great group here and of course your attitude is positive, there’ no other way to be about it. More later. Take the pain meds and chill.

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  135. My heart goes out to you, but it sounds like you’ve got the right attitude and a great support system. My mom was a breast cancer survivor so I know exactly what your family is going through.

    Hang in there. Be strong. Stay positive. And always remember, you are beautiful!!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  136. I am sitting here wondering if I should howl at the image of those patrons (and Kristen and Piper) when you shouted climax — not once, but twice. And, topped it off with a little climax and a really big climax.

    I truly believe the biggest part of the healing process and recovery is your positive attitude and fighting spirit.

    You have that in spades (cliché alert!), Susie.

    I have a friend who made the same choice you’ve made. When they discovered cancer in one breast, she chose a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery. I am still amazed at her courage. And, more than a wee bit envious of her perky breasts. No turtle necks for her.

    MAJOR hugs for the upcoming surgery. You may never know how many people who will soon look at your story as inspiration for their own journey.

  137. I love your attitude! You ARE changing the way I think of breast cancer. You have a great sense of humor and nonchalantness about it…although I’m sure it is quite terrifying and sad at times. I said a little prayer for you that your surgery is successful and your lymph nodes are clear, forever! xoxo

  138. You are in my prayers. The Big Guy has to listen to me since I went to Catholic school for 12 years and was an altar boy! :D

  139. Woo-hoo to a great climax and going down to 1% risk. I say, get the double and get a new Fab-O set of Boobs. It will make your brain feel quieter in the end, and we’ll get to keep our Susie for-evah!

    Prayers and hugs for you, girlie. I’m proud of you for making tough decisions.

  140. Nothing ordinary for you – that would be tooo dull.
    Will definitely keep you in thoughts and prayers the 31st.
    My sister-in-law went through all this a couple of years ago – she says what ever reconstruction you decide, you can always modify it again at a later date as she did…she said what you read and think may change as you experience what it feels like….so be Mrs Potato Head if you want – it’s OK.
    She’s really active, athletic, and thin – she was mostly annoyed with the soreness and healing so she could stretch and lift and saddle the horse.
    You’re in the healing mountains. It’s going to be fine…but boy, what a way to come up with a story climax ( and I bet ya’ll were hysterical at lunch!)
    Smile on, kid, smile on!

  141. Yes, you are changing the way I think about breast cancer… go girl….less than 1%…..You’ll be back on the “good” wild ride before you know it. God Bless….

  142. I love your potted plant picture and I love your attitude. Hello Hollywood boobs!! Sending good vibes your way for the 31st.

  143. Susie, I so admire your strength and courage! May I have a piece since you have an ample supply? ;) Good to hear from you, I was wondering how you are! Be well my friend. :)

  144. All the best for Friday :)

  145. You’re my hero! I will send you every positive vibe I can think of on Friday. Best of luck, keep strong, and LAUGH!

  146. Susie- in the face of adversity you are making everyone laugh. Amazing.
    The climax comments made me think of That Meg Ryan scene. Good luck with the surgery. I wish you all the best.

  147. All the best to you! You’ve got this whole cancer thing in the bag! And, being tagged a “cancer survivor” doesn’t have to be a heavy title that is mutually exclusive with being happy and carefree. You are a cancer survivor, in large part, because you are happy and carefree and wouldn’t let anything, not even the big C, get you down or stand in your way of a good time.

  148. Keep up the laughter, Susie; it IS the best medicine. I’m sending prayers and healing thoughts your way for Friday.

    I don’t want to sound critical, but to be honest, I can’t believe you actually posted that picture of you practically naked with the potted daisies. Are you crazy???? Everybody knows petunias are the best for boob shots.

  149. Susie, you know all the WANA’s love you and will be thinking about you and praying on Friday. You have such a great attitude. Keep on, keeping on!

  150. I think all the questions and concerns you have are perfectly normal… I’d be asking the same things, it’s a smart move to take them both off and have a matching set put in… a very smart move.

    I’ll be thinking about you this coming week and am curious what Danny will have to say in his Boob Report!

  151. Will be thinking of you. Thank you for sharing your journey

  152. Susie, you totally crack me up. I so admire you! Hang in there, girl, and you know I will be keeping you in mind on the 31st. Hugs!

  153. Best of luck on Friday and beyond Susie!

  154. Good luck Susie, you’ll do well and when all of this over both of the girls will be the same size. The tales of the MRI reminded me of my trips inside the beast. As a fellow claustro I can sympathize. The didn’t give me Valium they just threatened me with having to read Family Circle from July ’71 through ’ a room full of hyper-sugared tykes. Waiting for your next post.

  155. We all will be thinking about you.

  156. Hi Susie, with so many people wholeheartedly praying for you and your amazing attitude, nothing could ever go wrong. Sooner or later you will be writing a most inspirational book about your experience (and I’ll be translating it, of course, lol). Best luck! We will all be thinking of you on Friday. If at all possible, have your husband keep us posted :)

    • I will definitely send you an email when I need that book translated. Unfortunately, breast cancer knows no boundaries… Thanks so much! I really appreciate your prayers.
      Danny will post something on Friday night.

  157. Holy Crap, Susie! I missed the first Boob Report and had no idea that you were diagnosed with breast cancer. I was sorry to hear about it, but so glad that you had options. And let me tell you, your whole attitude about it is awesome. Pinche Awesome. :) Your sense of humor is amazing and I’m sure that will definitely help you and Danny get through this. Although you’ll be a “survivor” I’ll always think of you as a Wild Rider baby, always will be. :)

    I’m sending you good humor vibes and hope for a good recovery. And no worries on the mismatch boobs in truth everyone I know has something a little different in each boob. They are never the perfect pair.

    • I haven’t been around much with all the appointments. I will be Wild Riding again soon and I will be better than ever! Cancer-free Susie Lindau 2.0!
      After Friday, my boobs will be bionic!
      Thanks so much Guat!

  158. Good luck with the upcoming procedure. Here’s a video from Jimmy Fallen to help you laugh a little more – it’s got singing chickens :) ~Catherine

  159. John Hardy Bell

    God speed Susie! My thoughts are with you, your family, and a SPEEDY recovery!!! <3

  160. I love that your going after cancer with your guts! I mean that you’re facing it with the power to make difficult decisions and still come out laughing. You are brilliant. I’ll be thinking of you on Friday and sending lots of good vibes your way. Be well. Good luck!

    • Thanks so much Jess. I guess that is the only way I know how to do this. I have been amazed at the process and how little is revealed by others. I had no idea!
      Well everyone will know what happens soon enough! There won’t be any secrecy on this blog!

  161. I wish you all the best and will be thinking about healthy thoughts for you this week. I find out my plan of action in about 2 hours. I don’t think reconstruction will work for me as it will for you :) Good Luck my friend!

  162. Could you, point me to the right direction please….. :p

  163. Your sense of humor rocks, Susie. I do think laughter is the best medicine. I love your line about the yeast infection survivor. And your conversation at the restaurant with Piper and Kristen, I can visualize it. That’s hilarious. So is your comment to the nurses about the MRI.

    I’ve been thinking of you and praying for you and will continue to do so. You are an awesome role model for others, even if you don’t think so right now. Hugs!

    • I have so many more of those crazy moments! I have to write them down before I forget. I just let the humor fly whether my doctors think I am crazy or not!
      Thanks so much for the support and the prayers Lynn!

  164. Holy crapsicles, Angelina! I’m texting you right now! LOVElove!

  165. I’ll definitely be thinking of you and sending you all the positive vibes I can muster. You are strong, brave and hilarious– keep it up and you can get through anything. Thanks for sharing this incredibly difficult time with us, Susie. We are all here for you!

    • I am finally waking up without freaking out. It took such a long time to get over the shock of it.
      I was able to laugh even in those first few days. Talk about an emotional roller coaster! I think my doctors were worried about my mental state! :)
      Thanks Darla! I appreciate every positive vibe!

      • Laughter has saved me many a time. I’d say your mental state is right where it needs to be, whether shocked, angry, sad or grateful. You’re an inspiration. Thinking of you this week.

  166. Chris

    You go girl! So glad you are using your blog to talk about your Boob-C journey. It will enlighten us all while making us laugh. I’m full of admiration for your strength and attitude. Sending healthy energy your way.

    • I wasn’t sure if writing about this “new adventure” was a good idea, but if it helps anyone going through any kind of adversity, then it is worth putting it all out there!
      Thanks Chris!
      I can already feel that healthy energy and will bring it to surgery with me!

  167. Thanks for the humor in this post. No question laughter is the best medicine – and a couple of stiff drinks too! My sister-in-law went through it and has the best perky boobs around! Thoughts and prayers for a successful surgery. :)

    • I am glad that your sister-in-law is all perky-like! I figure I better look at the bright side wherever I can find it!
      Thanks so much for the thoughts and prayers!

  168. Charity Kountz

    So scary but you’re staying so strong through this. I’m 33 and fortunately, no one in my family has ever had breast cancer. Even so, I still check myself regularly. I’m glad you caught this while it’s a stage 1. Will be praying for you!

    • Mine still can’t be felt, so I am getting the word out about annual mammograms! I am in that 5% of breast cancers that are harder to detect. Is that 1 out of 5000? Wow. I am rare, but alive and kicking!
      Thanks Charity! I really appreciate the prayers!

  169. You aren’t changing the way I think about cancer, but you are changing the way I think about people can handle it.
    And when people find out you’re a cancer survivor, they’ll say “Yeah, but you kicked its ass so fast. Tell us the really cool stuff about yourself!

    • That’s right Guapo! I do want to be that person who is a poster child for early detection.
      The really cool stuff in my life won’t be related to this at all!!!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  170. Susie, I really love and respect your no-holds-barred attack on life. You approach hardships and fear with such grace and humor. I found myself crying from laughter when I read about your climax! As for the mismatched boobs, you sounded like my best friend. :-)

    • I sound like I am in good company! I have never had much shame and now I really shameless! Besides, I figure if women really looked at their boobs, they would find that one is slightly larger than the other! I wonder how many have looked in the mirror since I wrote my post??? Hahaha!
      The “climax” was classic me. I do that sort of stupid stuff all the time! And my voice carries. Okay. I have a loud voice. :)
      I have found that laughter crushes fear!
      Thanks so very much Kitt!

  171. Susie, my thoughts and prayers are with you during the procedure Friday, and your recovery.

    • The first few days may be rough, but I am looking forward to not remembering them! I am a forward thinker anyway. I have a lot of adventures planned!
      Thank you so much for the prayers Rich! You have been a great friend!

  172. You’re lucky you’re not in Canada. You’d be waiting for that surgery forever. Wishing you all the best and I know you’ll be okay after this.

    • We’re just about to start Obamacare in October. It could have been a different story. I have been rushed through since that first mammogram on April 16th. Whew!
      Thanks so much!

  173. Oh Susie! It sounds like you’re making really smart decisions – beyond that, well, I’m in the praying for you camp for sure.

    • Thank you for the prayers! I have a good feeling about it. Then I could be the voice for early detection, right?
      It doesn’t make sense for me to go through this twice. I don’t have the time!

  174. I sorta hated to click the like button – I don’t like what’s happening to you, but I do like your attitude about it. I’ll be praying for you, and I’ll post a reminder Friday to my readers to pray for you, too.

  175. I will be thinking of you on Friday and I am sending loads of positive energy to bring with you. I have no doubt you are doing the right thing for you. Hey, less that 1% is all I would have to hear. My co-worker had breast cancer and her 24 year old daughter recently opted for an elective double masectomy after they found a cyst. Her new breasts are spectacular. You may need to prurchase bigger flower pots for your after photo…just sayin.
    All the best to you for a speedy recovery.

    • Hahaha! Bigger flower pots gives me an idea! You are too funny. See? Laughter is the best medicine!
      I am glad that your co-worker and her daughter are doing well. She was very brave to go through the double mastectomy prophylactically.
      I have yet to hear the results of my DNA test. I doubt mine is hereditary. I think it is from soy and spiking my estrogen about 5-6 years ago. I noticed my periods got really weird. I tried to avoid soy, but it was in everything including organic bread for years.
      Speedy is my middle name! :)
      Thanks Lisa!

  176. Yes, this post radically changed how I think about breast cancer and I’m going to sign up for a mammogram today.

    I am deeply moved and inspired by you, Susie. You are such an awesome writer and human being.

    I think about you every day and am sending you light.

    • Thanks so much Nia! I am glad you made an appointment. It is so important for every woman to get a mammogram EVERY year. We still can’t prevent BC, but we can detect it early! :)

  177. Susie— man this is some decision..but I honestly think you made the right one. You know me– if I had it i would go down with the count and not do what you are doing.. you are so damn brave..
    and yeah.. I agree with ted up there.. don’t be a cancer survivor– be you and a just a survivor.
    Why is it everyone has non-matching boobs? Is it because we must have options to quote Rachel Zoe.. blah


    • It’s a little scary. I never wanted to go through any surgery, but here I am and I am still relatively young! I think of the 20 and 30 year-olds that go through this. It must be terrifying!
      There is a boy here in Boulder who is a junior and went through a hell of a year fighting testicular cancer. He was very open and made it an approachable subject. That is what I am hoping to do for breast cancer.
      Thanks Linda! I will have to look up Rachel Zoe!

  178. You are a fighte with rockin sense of humour
    it is rare….. very rare and very admirable
    love ya
    you are in my thoughts prayers and wishes
    love and hugs your way Susie

    • Thanks so much Soma and for the FB shout!
      I don’t really know any other way to fight this, but with humor!
      I may need some help for the first week, but after that, I should feel great. Just knowing the tumors that have been growing inside my body are gone will be a relief! Imagine. They have been there for almost 7 years!

  179. Susie …. you will fix this – there isn’t much of options – been down the road myself – it’s neither do the rough and tough journey or die. There is nothing about being brave and
    be a hero here. I will have you in my thoughts.
    As you say here that a good sense of humor – laughter will make things better and you will feel better.
    Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy – is a brilliant story to read or watch … I chose to arrive and leave the hospital after all my treatments in 4inc heels. That was my statement and that was my message – that … I’m winning this battle and so fare so good.
    My senior doctor said that this demon is the most equal illness there – it goes for all ages, sexes .. or life styles.
    You will be fine – and they notice it in good time.

    • When I first read that you went through breast cancer, I don’t think I knew I had the disease. I LOVE that you rocked the high heels! I have a little surprise in store for my doctors on Friday…. :)
      I am very lucky that they detected my cancer early. I skipped last year. They say they wouldn’t have spotted it then. Just think of the shape I would have been in if I had skipped this year instead! Getting a yearly mammogram is key!
      Thanks so much Viveka! I am glad to hear that you “kicked” it too!

      • No, I didn’t have breast cancer .. I had cervical cancer – the silent killer – a tumor bigger than a golf ball.
        And I did a smear test only 9 months before and nothing should that something was wrong – but I found out that smear tests are not always detecting cancer.
        Glad you have something up your sleeve too.
        We are not letting the cancer win … for neither of us.
        Will be thinking of you. Everything will be just fine.

  180. All the best as you get ready for Friday.

  181. I can’t say much more than thank you for sharing your story, and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  182. Oh gosh that’s on my 10th wedding anniversary. I’ll try not to think about your boobs coming off over romantic dinner lol. Seriously, virtually holding hands with you all the way! You are so awesome! I loved Danny’s comment that is so funny. Good luck, Susie!

  183. Christina and Angelina are good role models for doing the Smart Thing… and you have joined them. And, please don’t be a “Cancer Survivor”, just survive it… hey, who would throw us such great parties every month???

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