Analyn now refers to her breasts as her "Foobs". And, just so you know, it's NOT a compliment to tell her, or any other cancer patient, that she's so lucky to have perky breasts for the rest of her life. Cancer meant weaning her daughter abruptly from breastfeeding. Taking away two of the most sacred vessels of connection and nourishment, with no time to grieve or slowly wean both herself and her daughter. It was heartbreaking and traumatic on top of everything else she's had to lose. After the double mastectomy, tissue expanders were put in to stretch the muscle and tissue in her breasts to eventually house silicone implants. These were uncomfortable, very hard and unnatural because the shells of expanders are much harder than their implant counterparts.
I met with Analyn at the hotel where she was staying (she doesn't live in the city), prior to her appointment. She was looking forward to having the expanders taken out, she was nervous, she was excited. With her throughout the day were these 2 bracelets: "I brought these bracelets with me to help keep me calm and grounded. To remind myself of all the love that has carried me through to this point. One was given to me by The Healing Hollow at the start of this journey, and the other by my sister-in-law." And one might think this would be the finale for this leg of the journey. But, nope. That's not how this cancer game works. Analyn will never be "back to normal".