I’m a little sore today, but it’s nothing compared to the double mastectomy last July. The surgeon didn’t have to go in and mess with the alloderm and implant, as the initial issue I was having has settled down. Aside from removing the port, he did a few little tweeks to the outer layer of my breasts to improve symmetry and the overall appearance of the scars. Phew, glad to have that over with and NO drains this time! Yipee! Port-o-caths were a great invention to help the cancer patient, but I’m oh so happy to say good bye to mine. Sayonara!
So I have to take it easy with my arms for a bit, no heavy lifting… or no lifting at all I should say. I’m going to be a good girl and do as I’m told. Gardening season is coming up, with a fun summer to follow and I want to be in good shape to enjoy all of that. Just wanted to share the good news and my oh so sexy pre-surgery photo! ; )
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I am a professionally trained and certified Life Coach with personal experience overcoming cancer as a mom in my mid-30's. After a diagnosis in 2014 I began blogging as a way to communicate with my family and friends, but it soon became much more than that. Writing was my lifeboat and connection with the outside world while immune compromised and healing from surgery.
Now I’m using my personal and professional experiences and living my dream of supporting others as a Healing Hope Cancer Coach. I help my clients understand their options, develop the best care team and a supportive network. Together we unpack the experience of having a cancer diagnosis, processing the emotional impact of a cancer. I offer stress reduction techniques to help manage fear and uncertainty, and coaching to support healing on all dimensions. After treatment ends, I help people find their personal roadmap through the pain and uncertainty, to a life fueled by clarity, personal strength and a connection to their unique life purpose. From diagnosis, through treatment and recovery, no one should go it alone!
I draw upon 10+ years of work immersed in holistic health and wellness. I was born and raised in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York and live there still with my husband and son. My survivorship blog Melissashealinghope.com chronicles my healing journey. You can learn more about my work as a coach at MelissaEppardCoaching.com.
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7 thoughts on “My port is gone!”
Yay for you! The joy in little triumphs that are pretty big.
You might not think that you don’t look sexy in this photo, but I see a woman who looks like a weight has been lifted from her shoulders and IS sexy!!
I agree with Barbara above: “You might not think that you don’t look sexy in this photo, but I see a woman who looks like a weight has been lifted from her shoulders and IS sexy!!”
On 4/9/15 10:14 PM, “melissa’s healing hope” wrote:
> Melissa Eppard posted: ” I’m a little sore today, but it’s nothing compared to > the double mastectomy last July. The surgeon didn’t have to go in and mess > with the alloderm and implant, as the initial issue I was having has settled > down. Aside from removing the port, he did a ” >
YAY!!!!! i will help in the garden :)))
I can’t wait to get back in there!