This week is officially my 5 months post Prophylactic Bilateral Mastectomy anniversary. Whoo Hoo!!
Now before you go out and get me some cake to celebrate, please don’t!! I recently finished a weekend training ride from Brisbane to Warwick and then back again. For those who aren’t local to the area, this means a total of 440km, around 21 hours of ‘saddle time’, a LOT of hills and a LOT of cake, slices, biscuits, lollies, chips, muffins, more cake and there was some fruit and other savoury treats in there too. So definitely NO cake!! When I’m off my sugar high, I’ll write a short blog about the amazing adventure I had.
I thought I’d share some Fun Foob Facts from the past 5 months. You might remember at the beginning, when I decided to take the plunge and share my journey, I created an ‘About‘ page. Well I revisited that page before posting this blog and had a good laugh at what I wrote. Time really does fly!!!
Here are some of the weird and wonderful facts I’ve discovered since having my bilateral mastectomy.
- I am enjoying my first winter with no nipples. It’s amazing how much more convenient it is to choose an outfit when you don’t have to worry about ‘highbeaming’. While the memories and pictures are still there, I do LOVE not having nipples. Mine were almost always like this……
- I can move my foobs with the flex of my peck muscle, AKA Peck Pop of Love style. If you haven’t seen ‘The Rock’ in the short You Tube clip link, you’ve got to watch it and I dare you to do so without laughing. While I haven’t perfected the process or attempted the berry trick, I can do the peck pop and it’s funny!
- I cannot feel my foobs when they’re touched and sometimes I even bump them unknowingly on the corners of tables. The skin is completely numb, except for the space between the foobs in my 4 finger wide cleavage.
- To touch them, they feel like hardwood under my skin, they’re SUPER firm and have a small pocket of softness on the outer edge. When you hug me, it might feel a little strange.
- I willingly let people touch my foobs if they ask and I sometimes even throw the invite out for people to have a feel themselves.
- When I run, the sweat under my arm builds up and eventually I start to ‘foob fart’ and it sounds EXACTLY like a real fart. Sometimes I don’t tell people that it’s my foobs and I let them think that I’m pop-farting non-stop while training! It goes without saying that I’m going to have to get my hands on this book.
- I don’t wear a bra and it’s such a free feeling. Whether I’m riding, running, in the office or just out and about, it’s rare that I wear a bra or crop top and I’m surprised at how much I enjoy not having to do so. I’ve almost been caught out a few times by removing my top and forgetting about the lack of underclothing, but I’m pretty sure that I’ve kept it all under wraps 99% of the time.
All in all, the past 5 months have been trouble free and relatively normal. Most days go by and I don’t even think about the foobs, the surgery or the fact that my body isn’t (nor will ever be) the same on the outside again. It’s timely to remember that ‘scars aren’t ugly’ and in our family, we really don’t even notice them much these days.
I recently said to someone that I felt that what I went through was ‘easy’. The look of horror on her face was obvious and I started to think about back-pedalling on what I said. Then I realised that what I said is 100% true!
With the right attitude, my journey has been very easy. I’ve had no complications, no pain, no issues and therefore I have no shame is saying it was easy.
This is definitely one of my favourite quotes “The only disability in life is a bad attitude” – Scott Hamilton
I’m now counting down the days until I leave on the Smiling for Smiddy Challenge ride with 50 other riders. We are leaving Brisbane on Saturday 30 August and travelling on our bicycles to Townsville, 1600km’s away. It’s going to be an interesting and fun 8 days. I can’t wait!!
25 days to go!!! This is pretty much what I’ll be wearing for the next month, both out on my rides and to bed each night!!
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