Hey everyone! If you haven't watched my documentary yet (which you should), here's a little run down of who I am and why I created this blog:
My name is Caroline, I'm 29-years-old and found out I have the BRCA 2 gene when I was 22. I had been contemplating getting a mastectomy for years, but was never ready to part with the ta-tas. Then two years ago, after a seven year battle, my uncle passed away from breast cancer. That was then I realized I needed to start SERIOUSLY considering getting a mastectomy— the seed was planted. On September 21, 2016 (yes, I remember the date) I found a lump in my right breast. I went to my gynecologist and after some testing, she referred me to an oncologist. They determined that the lump was precancerous— that was the final straw.
My oncologist said she could do one of three things: A lumpectomy, a mastectomy, or a bilateral mastectomy. I decided to have the bilateral mastectomy. I wasn't playing around.
Being the avid runner that I am, I began researching what to expect while recovering from such an extensive surgery. Surprisingly, I couldn't find out much in regards to working out after surgery, I only found women who said they had "tightness in their chest" or that they could "no longer run". When I saw that I was disheartened... but only for a second. I'm the type that when I'm told I can't do something, I usually (always) do it. That's when I decided that not only am I going to start running as soon as I am cleared, but I'm going to run the mother F'ing NYC Marathon!!!
In this blog I will tell you all about my recovery, my running regimen, what to possibly expect (everyone's different), some tips on incorporating a cancer fighting diet into your lifestyle, and hopefully a few laughs along the way!
All the love,