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I also had my hair done six months earlier, the day I kicked my husband out of the house. It's about me: a single mom back in the dating pool who was facing a total breast reconstruction, but with a head of hair that really had its shit together. On the bright side, as the doctor put it, I had the best kind of cancer, Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), caught at the earliest stage.
My daughter was two at the time, and I had just found out he was living a dark double life. After leaving my ex husband, my friends promised me that things could only get better. He recommended that I get a single mastectomy, since it was in three different quadrants of my left breast.
But I couldn’t allow myself to feel the magnitude of this. When I arrived at the hospital, I went into pre-op. He took my hand and promised me that I would be okay.
First my breast surgeon came in to see me, then my plastic surgeon. The anesthesiologist came in, hooked me up to the IV and told me to count to ten.
Was I just a nipple-less novelty he wanted to check out, or did it not even phase him? It was such a relief to get everything out in the open. So I decided to view my disclosure as an interesting dating experiment.
The first guy I slept with in my reconstructive state was just three days after my implant surgery.
Honestly, you know you’ve hit rock bottom when cancer is just the icing on the cake. I didn’t know there would be these scars going across my breasts! ” He informed me that on the day of my double, he would just be starting the reconstruction.
The doctor referred me to a wonderful plastic surgeon who showed me pictures of breasts he had done, without revealing their faces of course. The whole process would take at least six months, culminating with my cherries on top.
I thought it was important to have nice shiny hair while getting my breasts removed. But I live in Los Angeles, and I do like to look my best.Especially when I go to therapy or to my gynecologist.After an hour, I realized that even on vicodin, talking about hangers is just as boring as I always imagined it would be.I never need to have a conversation about hangers again, so this was the perfect first person to try my disclosure on. “I’m a single mom, my ex husband is a sociopath, and I just had a double mastectomy.