New Routines and New Hopes

Courage Is My Strength, my blog

The last several days have been dedicated specifically to updating this website and getting the Sisters In Scars website the way I want it to be. I’m still searching for a new job in our new home near Austin, but until then I’m focusing every moment on these sites and the projects that go with them. While updated and checking out every old post I’ve made I got a giggle out of how often I post about weight loss. I was 125 Read More

Such a Lucky Girl

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I don’t even know where to start with this post. It’s been so long since I have written on this site. I think I’ve been trying to separate my identity from Courage Is My Strength, but now I realize that not only is that impossible, it’s not something I want to do. I thought that as my surgeries came to an end that this site would end, become useless. That’s part of why I started Sisters In Scars. But every day the Read More

Check Out My New Website!

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Happy Saturday to all y’all! I just wanted to make sure you remember to sign up for updates at my new website-Sisters In Scars. There are going to be some really great things coming from this new site! It’s just getting off the ground, but join now to make sure you don’t miss a minute! And to get you started, you can even read my newest post “Why I Don’t Hate Komen“. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Getting My Groove Back

Courage Is My Strength, my blog

Hello, my Courage Friends! I know, I’m seriously overdue in giving you an update, aren’t I? I had my DIEP flap procedure in March and then my revision surgery to fix a few problems here and there as well as the first stage of nipple reconstruction. I am so happy to be able to tell you that both surgeries were absolute successes, and after so many failures, it is amazing to feel whole again. I’m going to post more about the surgeries Read More

So Much to be Thankful For

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I am so fortunate to have so much to be thankful for this year. As each year comes to an end, we naturally reflect on what has passed and on what we hope is to come. I believe in the power of our minds and don’t allow myself much time for reflection of the bad moments in my life. This year I have more to be thankful for than I probably deserve! I am of course always thankful for my family. The Read More

Voices of Breast Reconstruction

The news of Angelina Jolie’s choice to have PBM and reconstruction has given an voice to amazing women around the world. I am honored to have been featured on Inside Edition as well as a radio show in Canada. I am thrilled to see so many posts from my Breast Friends about the different ways they have been able to share their stories as well.

Negative Reactions to Our Choice

Courage Is My Strength, my blog

Now, as ever, people throw rocks at things that shine. I had no idea the impact Angelina Jolie’s story would make on so many women that have already become Previvors. I’m so thankful that so many of us are getting local stories written about our journeys. I know when my own local paper did a story about Team Courage it reached a neighbor that was facing surgery. My blog has also reached another woman who works right next door to my husband. Read More

Courage of My Friends

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These are the faces of breast cancer, fighters and previvors and survivors and angels, and I am so very lucky to be able to call them my friends. Ladies, you have made my world a better place and I cherish you all! This video was put together almost a year ago by a wonderful friend of mine. He had a project for school, and I was touched and amazed when he told me that my story made him want to bring to Read More

My Reconstruction Rant

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It was only so long before I just couldn’t stand it any longer! I’m a part of many chat groups about breast reconstruction and I hear the same frustrations over and over, and I believe that with the right information and updates from our medical professionals a lot of this distress could be avoided. I think a lot of things! Just listen and you will see!

Video Update about Implant swap to DIEP Flap-Graphic Content

Tomorrow is 5 weeks since my surgery in New Orleans at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery. I have not been more pleased with any of my surgeries during this reconstruction process (except maybe when my expanders were replaced with my first set of implants, they were so soft! but since one decided to fall down and cause all of these additional surgeries I have decided to forfeit the joy of that day). I won’t say that it has been pain free, Read More

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