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I missed blogging on the one year anniversary of my exchange (12/21) because I was busy and my BRCA+ life has pretty much been put on the back burner (yippee!.. it’s amazing how that happens….) ¬†Something that was such a huge part of my life for two years has now taken a back seat. That’s a good thing as it means that real life is what I’m focusing on now.

My tats have faded a bit but still look good and I’m in no rush to do anything to touch them up, if I even bother. They still look very 3D so I think they look fine. I am having an annoying itch in my ribs that I can’t scratch though and it’s driving me nuts. It’s under my right implant mostly and scratching the surface of the skin does nothing. I still have little feeling in the skin there so it wouldn’t work anyway. It could be that the nerves are regenerating in that area and that’s what I’m feeling but I’m not sure. I do know, it’s driving me crazy and has been for the past week, though.

A year later, I can’t say that I don’t notice that my body is different because it definitely is. My pec strength has been reduced and small repetitive motions are difficult. ¬†When I’m cold, the chest muscles tense up so I feel like I’m being squeezed with a tight bra so it’s a bit uncomfortable but still, I have ZERO regrets! Peace of mind is worth all that I’ve been through and all that I feel now.

Stay strong ladies…