DIEP Reconstruction

I started writing this back in September, when I wanted to post for Breast Cancer Awareness.  It just didn’t sit right with me and there was so much going on at the time.   As October came and the absolute agony of all the pink, I decided to leave it in draft mode until today.  Perhaps it is the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday that has me thinking about it and perhaps this is where it belongs.  Thanksgiving is about gratitude, and I have much to be grateful for.

In the realm of health and empowerment, the journey of a previvor stands as a beacon of strength and determination. The decision to undergo DIEP (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator) reconstruction is not just about preventing cancer; it’s a transformative path toward self-care, acceptance, and empowerment. As someone who embarked on this journey four years ago, I want to share my personal story to inspire those who are considering or about to undergo this transformative procedure.

DIEP Reconstruction

The choice to undergo preventive measures such as a preventative double mastectomy and the DIEP reconstruction is a momentous one, laden with emotions and questions. I remember the swirling thoughts and feelings as I weighed the options before me. The unknown can be daunting, but knowledge truly empowers. Educating oneself about the process, understanding the procedure, and discussing potential outcomes with medical professionals can provide a sense of control and confidence that is immeasurable.

Embracing the Journey

Recovery might seem like a formidable challenge, but our bodies are astonishing in their capacity to heal. The strength that resides within us becomes evident as we navigate the early days post-surgery. The road might be bumpy, but with time, patience, and a dash of courage, you’ll witness your body’s incredible adaptability.

As a previvor, you’re traversing a path uniquely yours. It’s natural to question your decision along the way, but always remember the overarching purpose – reclaiming your health and future. The scars that will eventually fade tell a story of bravery and resilience, a story that you get to define.

Strength in Community

One of the most beautiful aspects of being a previvor is the community that surrounds you. Connecting with others who have faced similar choices can provide comfort, advice, and a sense of belonging. Sharing stories, challenges, and triumphs creates a bond that transcends words. You’ll find that you’re not alone on this journey; a tribe of survivors and thrivers is standing by, ready to offer support and understanding.

A Testament to Resilience

While the path to recovery may have its share of obstacles, it is a journey toward embracing life in its entirety. By choosing to be a previvor, you’re asserting your agency over your well-being. The surgery marks a turning point, a pivotal moment where you demonstrate your commitment to live your life without the weight of illness looming over you.

To those on the brink of their own DIEP reconstruction journey, I extend my unwavering support and understanding. As someone who has walked this road, I can assure you that the mix of emotions you’re feeling is natural. But trust in your inner strength, draw courage from the community around you, and know that the decision you’re making is a profound declaration of self-love and empowerment. Your journey as a previvor is a testament to your resilience, and I believe in your ability to navigate it with grace and determination. Remember, in the end it will all be okay.  This isn’t the end.


Rev. Colleen Irwin
Reverend Colleen Irwin is a Spiritual being having a human experience as a Blogger, Wife, Mother, Mentor, Healer and Public Speaker living in Rochester New York. Colleen, a Natural Born Medium, teaches, lectures and serves Spirit when called upon. She remembers speaking with Spirit as a child and learning how to share this knowledge with others has been an adventure that she captured in her book “Discovering Your Stream”. Colleen has been mentored by Reverend Jack Rudy, and ordained as a Priest in the Order of Melchizedek by the Reverend Dan Chesboro through the Sanctuary of the Beloved. When she is not doing her Spiritual work she is a volunteer docent sharing Susan B. Anthony's history to visitors of the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester. Her trust in Spirit gave her a new title – PREVIVOR. She now uses her platform to educate others about the BRCA genetic mutation and how one can take control of their health and well-being.
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