Thursday, January 3, 2008

Here's the Procedure I had






I've posted before, tis fairly new,
developed at Emory University in Atlanta, GA
& taught to doctors by MY DR. JONES

He was

"Selected to perform 25th anniversary demonstration
of the TRAM flap @ Atlanta Breast Symposium, January
2005.


I am amazed that I was so fortunate to
have him as my surgeon..I thank God for the
wonderful hands He led me to!!



At your discretion. Here are pictures. Read the captions too

..hopefully this procedure will be offered more and more.
It followed my mastectomy..making my surgery
about 7 hours long. My breast is ALL me..no implants
and the only follow up surgery will be a nipple and
color tattoo for the area..


I'll post more pics soon..and let you know
as healing is even more since 12/31
PS
do NOT tell my husband..he'd about flip out if
he knew I let others see..that means you too
my dear BIL!!

love in Him
deena
ann

18 comments:

  1. WOW!! I can't believe what a wonderful job your surgeon did, Deena! You know what I feel like? That you are my sweet sister going through this and sharing it all with me so I won't be scared if it should happen to me. I thank you for that, Deena....I pray for your complete healing daily!! xxoo, Dawn

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  2. Looks totally natural, Deena and you'll never be able to tell work was done there once the tatooing is finished ! Great job - and the heart shaped belly-button is cute !

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  3. p.s. Happy upcoming anniversary on the 13th !

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  4. Wow, alls I can say is it looks like it must have hurt. I am so glad you had such a good surgeon and things look so great!!

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  5. Deena...I hope you continue to heal nicely....I couldn't help but notice that your belly button looks like a lil heart shape...LOL

    Love,
    Robin

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  6. Deena!!!
    You are so brave!1 And helpful--to show your body--so that another might have questions answered==I had a breast reduction a couple of years ago-and freely show my before and after(in person) I actually showed my nurse the other day while i was in the hospital--she was asking questions cause she knew my medical history.
    Stay brave and strong and most important--STAY POSITIVE and keep sharing the love!
    Brenda bliss

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  7. Amazing. It's so great that they were able to use your own skin and not implants. Now you have to get used to the new you. How are you adjusting?

    Do you miss the old belly button? It took me 2 months for the swelling to go down from gall bladder surgery and I imagine this is much worse.

    I'll keep praying for your healing. Love you!

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  8. I am truly amazed. He did wonderful work. It looks very painful though. I can't wait until you are feeling better.

    Hugs, Sharon

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  9. Hello dearest Deena, what a wonderful surgeon you have. He has done such a great job! Keep up that great positive spirit. I can feel you getting stronger every day. Blessings to you, Suzanne.

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  10. Deena what a great job your surgeon did!
    You look to be healing remarkably well.
    Take care.
    Alison

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  11. Deena, Thank you for posting these photos. I'm impressed that this is all you with no implants! It does looks very natural. I did not even know this procedure was possible. You do have a fantastic surgeon. On my what pain you must have been in. You are indeed a very brave Gal and I wish you the very best! Thanks again for sharing this with us..I feel its so very important for us to see what you have gone through.
    Hugs & Love ~Mary~

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  12. Deena,

    You are 100 percent real and 100 percent audacious! I love that about you, Deena. Your openness and willingness to share this journey with others will be healing for you and provide hope for others.

    You bring new meaning to the phrase "beautiful inside and out." You look completely amazing. That is one lovely new breast you got yourself (to match the other).

    Much love to you in this hopeful new year.

    Jill

    PS: I'd love to call you this weekend. (I will finally have time and/or be in town.) Let me know if you'll be available. xo

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  13. Dear Deena, the book "How to Fight Cancer and Win" by William Fischer has much Information that may help with personal comfort. The Human spirit has the Power to heal. You can seek such healing. Go to www.Barbara Brennan. com.,and click on "Interview with Barbara" tolearn more. Love and Life are Forever. Love, Matt

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  14. your sister in ChristJanuary 4, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    How amazing. I wish I could have shown mine when I had it done. You are such an inspiration and such a brave soul. I'm praying and praying for you. Stay strong my dear friend

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  15. Deena,

    Just checking in to see how you are doing. I posted a bit of an update on my blog, but have been thinking and praying for you. Will be in touch soon.

    Blessings and love,
    Mary

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  16. it is absolutely amazing the progress that has been made in mastectomy's...and God was so good in leading you to such a wonderful surgeon!! one that not only does beautiful work... but one that you are so comfortable with...
    I would imagine that you have as much discomfort and pain with your stomach as you do with your breast...
    did you tell Dr Jones that this is one extreme way to have to have a lipo suction? hee hee
    I did not stop praying for you even while my computer was down..
    Love and lots of {{Hugs))
    Mimi

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  17. Deena you have amazed me again by your unbelievable courage to share with us these pictures. I agree, it looks so much different than I had invisioned, your surgeon did an amazing job. I noticed also that your belly button looks like a little heart. How special that is. My love to you my friend, you have given me such knowledge if I should ever have to go through such a surgery. If that should ever come to pass, I will be forever grateful that I met you during your journey and was able to walk with you and Christ through it. You truly are an inspiration to me and all who come here to spend time with you. I am very grateful that God crossed our paths, I have learned so much since I started visiting with you here on your blog. Thank You from the bottom of my heart for being such an amazing woman.
    God Bless You My Friend,
    Kimmie
    Whispering*Prims

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