The Boob Report – Warning: Wild Rapids Ahead

Do you tense before being pricked by a hypodermic needle? You know it’s going to hurt, so you brace yourself. When I participated in the Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day, I stood in line tense and shivering. I had imagined it would hurt to hit the icy water, but I knew I could do it.


Having been through a double mastectomy, I know what it’s like to take the needle and wake up in icy water. Wednesday, my reconstructive surgeon will remove the hard expanders, open up the interior pockets inside my chest wall and sew them closer together. Then the soft silicone implants will be stitched into place. Yes. I’ve been tense all week.

After I splashed out of the frigid water, I dressed and ran for the car. My husband Danny blasted the heat. I took a long hot shower when I got home, but it took hours before I stopped shivering.

Boulder Polar Plunge 8

This time I am prepared to hunker down in the comfort of my home. I’ve downloaded a few books. The carpets have been cleaned. My nails are painted and I had my hair colored. I washed the chandelier and windows in my office and bedroom. Everything has been scrubbed.

I opted out of the fat transfer. My reconstructive surgeon wanted to take 500 cc’s of fat from my thigh and inject it around my breasts to soften the edges.  I changed my mind after reading the eight pages of risk factors for the procedure. I also read that lumps can develop in a small number of women and can cause a cancer scare. I don’t want any more cancer scares.

A friend of mine went through a similar journey a few years ago. She decided against the liposuction as well. I am not burning any bridges. I can have the transfer later if I change my mind.

My doctor explained how the silicone implants are more natural than these stick-out boob expanders. (He did not use those exact words.) I think the new girls will be fine without the added fat.

I take hot showers and wonder what the new breasts will feel like. Will they feel like me?

This time the surgery won’t be as intrusive. They are using a general anesthetic, so I will drift around underwater for a few days.

My landscaper stopped by to inquire about the lawn. He asked how I was doing. I hadn’t spoken to him since the day I was high on Oxycodone and Nocor after the double mastectomy.

“I may have over-shared the last time I saw you.”

“That’s alright. I am glad to hear you are doing well.”

I told him I wrote a blog post about my one-sided conversation with him and his assistant. I had ended the story with, “At least I didn’t flash them.”

“I am going to be high on drugs again, so you better warn the workers. I may flash them this time.”

He looked at me and said, “Oh. I’ll tell them. They won’t mind.”


This time the eight weeks will rush by. During the first three, I’ll let the water swirl around my legs, hold me down and take me under. I hope to be released into the wild earlier than expected.

I can do this. I may wince when pierced by that first needle, but I will hit the glacial water and submerge into its icy flow until I plunge back into life. Danny will be there to hand me a towel.

Do you use the setbacks in your life as a time to regroup?

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  1. As always Susie, sending out lots of positive thoughts and energies to you and keeping you in my prayers. Much love and lots of gentle hugs, my incredible, wild, amazing friend! xoxox


  2. At least, the sooner it is done the sooner you are wading towards a towel and a car heater, shower, and the high of knowing it is behind you. ‘Done!’ *tick*
    Give the landscapers ‘before’ and ‘after’ scoresheets for the flashing? 🙂


    1. Great idea! Hahaha! 🙂
      I agree and am anxious to get it over with. I dreamt I drank some water in the morning before surgery and they had to reschedule me. Now that would be a nightmare!!!
      Thanks so much!


    1. Yay! It won’t be long and it will be a blur. I can’t wait! I am looking forward to a Wild Winter! Thanks Darla! I hope your husband’s surgery is a success as well. You don’t want to go through it again!


  3. You’ve jumped before. You’ve got a good idea what’s going to happen. A thought, a companion to accompany you while you’re on the postoperative goodies. Someone who can keep you from letting your new assets out for air. Not that you’d do that, but just in case.


    1. Hahaha! I am supposed to have someone with me for the first 24 hours. Danny will be here with me. I won’t be on as many drugs as last time, although I teased the landscapers… 🙂
      Thanks Tom!


  4. It’s amazing how positive you have been through all of this. When all is said and done you should put together these blog posts as a series and send them to breast cancer websites so others in the same situation can read your story and have hope. I’m sure you will fly through the next stage of your recovery now.

    Also, so cool you did that polar bear plunge. Not me! As George Costanza would say – “It’s the shrinkage! It was cold!”


    1. There was a lot of shrinkage that day! Hahaha!
      This is the easy part of the process. I have made it through the traumatic loss of boobage. I don’t have much feeling in there anymore, so it has got to be a lot less painful.
      I am planning to publish the Boob Report after the first year of recovery. I hope it will help others.
      Looking forward to the flight!


  5. Absolutely I use setbacks in my life to regroup. I think in some way or another we all do. Having said that, I echo everyone when I say that you are an awesome woman. You are the epitome of “Girl Power” and I’m glad I found you. You inspire me daily.


    1. Oh Thank you Kitt! All of you inspire me too!
      I think we should start a group and all wear cool masks like yours! 🙂
      I have a list of everything I want to do while I am recovering!


    1. Thanks so much Matthew! This is the easy part. They move some stitches and make the swap and I’m on my way! I am looking forward to sleeping on my side without pain. It has been three long months! Thanks for the support!


  6. Been thinking of you. Glad to hear that you’ll be RESTING after this surgery! I’m crossing my fingers for you and sending pink vibes your way again! Congrats on the successful polar plunge! I know you’ll do equally amazing with this next challenge.


    1. Thanks so much Jess!
      I plan to rest since it is the key to recovery this time. I reeeeally want to start back and exercise so I’ll take it slow.
      I still can’t believe that I took the Plunge! It was cold, but adrenaline goes a long way!


  7. I’ll be sending good vibes to you tomorrow, Susie! I’m glad you are choosing the easier route with the surgery. Good job getting informed and feeling confident in your decision.




  8. Something tells me you have the best looking lawn in the neighborhood. Best to you on this next chapter…you are indeed amazing and an inspiration. Oh, I love that you cleaned everything in sight…somehow that always makes me feel better too.


  9. Congrats! I was sure I’d already posted on here via iPad, but no………. So glad everything’s gone well. Take time to fully heal before you do another wild ride!!!

    Big Hugs


  10. You are amazing, you wild wonder woman! I see that you went all out and wrote a new post. You spoil us, you do know that. Glad to hear that things went well. Please try to behave and take it easy. I know. Booorrrriinnggg! But hey, do as you’re told. You’ll be touting those beautiful new girls about in no time. I’d send you a hug, but that might hurt right now. I’ll save you one for later. Love ya! 🙂


  11. I read this a little late and by now you are probably slowly waking up and recovering I hope that everything went well and I’m so glad you decided against the lipo fat exchange … you totally don’t need any extra 8-pages worth of risks 🙂 Hope all is well and good luck with not flashing the gardeners during recovery 🙂


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