Friday, January 22, 2010

Breast Best Before Date?

Any woman knows that when it really comes down to it, men are all about the tits and ass. The bigger, the better. Now, DH and I have come to the conclusion that I have no butt whatsoever! I'm not joking! If you look at my behind, it's just not there. Nothing! I'm seriously thinking about buying a weeks' worth of GOGA Pants from Old Navy. Apparently, they are supposed to give you some bou-te. It would definitely be cheaper and less painful than butt implants ;o)

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As most of you know, I had breast cancer almost ten years ago. I went with a radical mastectomy on my right side and got a saline implant put in. The girls aren't 'twins' anymore but they're pretty close. One's more firm than the other and missing a nipple. No matter how hard my plastic surgeon tried, one was not going to be put on ;o) LOL!

So almost ten years ago when I had this done, my plastic surgeon told me that I would probably get about ten years out of the implant. At the time, I didn't relish the idea of having to have it replaced someday down the road but eventually that thought left my mind. That was until just lately...

To ease my worry, I brought the subject up with my new doctor, Dr. G. He's awesome and must think I'm a total nut. I tend to come in and ask weird questions. Apparently he's used to this so maybe my ability to shock him will never work. Anyway, I explained my situation and asked him what he thought. I guess implants don't have an expiry date! Huh. As long as things are feeling good and it doesn't all of a sudden become deflated, I'm fine :o) Whew!

When I told him I was not looking forward to another operation, he said that he sat in on a few of these and they are one of the more painful operations to have. Uh-huh! I completely agreed with him there. I said I have no idea WHY women want to purposely insert these sacs into themselves just to make their boobs bigger. He agreed. But that's what some women (and men) want.

I still shake my head at young girls who want to have this done. You're putting a foreign object into your body and behind skin that was not meant to stretch overnight to accommodate its new neighbour ;o) After ten years, mine still hurts. You try having one of these squished in a mammogram machine! Love what you have. Your girls are your girls.

I really am worried that I will spring a leak someday. LOL! I guess I had better start paying attention where I put my embroidery needles...


19 comments:

Laural said...

After losing 70 lbs this past year I don't have any anymore. It was somewhat of a bummer for me. But being able to just wear a camis under a shirt is a LOT more comfortable.

Parsley said...

Your brave story put a smile on my face. Like I've told you, I lost my closest girlfriend to breast cancer last year. She was a fighter. So glad you've had success and I pray your girls never spring a leak. :)

Rachael said...

Oh Cathey glad to see your Humour hasn't deflated!! ;0)
I have been lucky that I have just the right size for me, as I could never contemplate an operation to have them bigger for no reason except vanity, Heaven forbid that I should go through what you have.
And as for your butt you can have some of mine I need to lose a bit anyway, lmao literally.
((Hugs))

Patti said...

If you need a bigger butt don't worry about it I'LL GIVE YOU SOME OF MINE - it's HUGE!!! I agree with you about the boobs. I would never want mine any bigger than they are even if they were tiny. Okay they aren't tiny but I still wouldn't want to have a boob job. Now a gastric bypass - now we're talking!
Love
Patti xxx

Hillery said...

I don't know if I should cry or laugh. Mostly reading your blog will make me laugh till I cry. Thanks for sharing you stories, you certainly have a way with it.
Hillery
North Country Samplings

Chiloe said...

YOu know I've always wondered how those women can have mamograms after they got implants? I mean the ones who didn't get cancer but chose to have those put in ;-) I understand the ones who have no breasts at all though.

Carol said...

Well said, Cathey!! I, too, shake my head at these young girls getting implants. I mean really...is that going to make them feel better about themselves in the long run?

And I'm right there with you on "flat butt syndrome"--sometimes I think I could easily be mistaken for Flat Stanley :)

Congratulations on your "almost 10 years" anniversary, too!

ohiofarmgirl said...

Well, congrats to you that your survived such an ordeal...but put your worries aside. It gives you wrinkles and it doesn't change a thing. Best wishes to you. Dianntha

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Well I'm so glad to hear you don't have to have another surgery!

Danielle said...

Hmm, you can definitely have some of my butt, Pumpkin! But BF seems to like it, even though I think it's jiggly and cellulite ridden! He says I have a country butt, whatever that means. He likes my boobs too, says they're just perfect, and I'm a 34D. Not that you needed to know all of that. I am a believer in going with what God gave you, small, large, whatever. And I never understood getting bigger boobs because a MAN wanted you to get them. Are you kidding?

Lisa said...

Congrats on beating the dreaded C...surely that calls for another cream egg???... go on, you know you want one..LOL

Robin said...

10yrs Survivor!!!!!!!! that is fabulous. my sweet SIL is going thru chemo for the 2nd time for a recurrence; She told my brother to take a good look at "the girls" because they wouldn't be there for long if the dr said take 'em off. Unfortunately, the cancer is in the lymph nodes so no surgery is performed, just chemo again. we are all praying for a miracle cure!

TammyK said...

Mom went with a radical mastectomy as well but opted out of an implant - luckily, we're flatter on top but I do have enough booty for me & you both :o)

Annie said...

Nice to know you can put off more surgery. Doesn't sound like a pleasant experience.

And frankly, I'd rather have too small a butt than one that's too big!

Jenna said...

First of all, I have no butt either, so I can totally relate. I think I'll have to look into those goga pants you mentioned. Second, I love your attitude towards your breasts. I have a dear friend who is on her second recurrence of breast cancer and her reconstruction after her mastectomy didn't go well when she had it done originally. She said that around 10% of the reconstructions end up forming large, hard masses of scar tissue. That's what hers did, so it's not even close to the right size, not to mention nowhere near the correct texture. She calls it Woody. I think that both of you are incredibly brave and have a really healthy attitude! I hope that you and your implant have a long relationship ahead of you. :)

♥ Nia said...

I do love what I have ;) I agree with you, don't understand why some girls choose to do it when they don't need it! It's a crazy world! :p

I love your attitude, you're a funny girl but you also reflect courage in your words :D You're brave girl!

Pam said...

Oh my dear Cathey.....having undergone a simple lumpectomy 16 years ago at age 38, let me tell you: I LOVED THIS POST !! With no reconstructive surgery called for at the time, I have lived with my non-twins into my 55th year. Oh, it'll look like a divot, the surgeon said. And, for most of this time, my cancer boob has been perkier than my healthy boob. Old age and gravity are now taking their toll, and bra shopping is a real challenge. But I know you would agree, it's better than the alternative, right?!

Maggee said...

Don't even remember how I came across your blog, but I am a 3-year breast cancer survivor, who had a lumpectomy and radiation. The lumpectomy breast is definitely smaller but PERKIER than her sister... so I have had the thought in the back of my mind, IF there is a recurrence, maybe they will end up matching finally! It could happen...

Hugs.

~Tammy said...

I know you'll be shooting me daggers across the computer, but I am one of those girls (albeit not young) that want implants. I miss my boobs after birthing and breast feeding babies. They hang down around my freaking belly button it seems... not that bad for dramatics I'm going with the belly button area!

Congrats on your "almost 10 years" anniversary!

Hugs!