Oh, and in case you're wondering: Yes, they found abnormal cells when they did the boob autopsy later. If I'd waited a few months, they could've turned into pre-cancer, and eventually cancer. That's just stage 0, but stage 0 is still closer than I want to be.
Everyone Has An Opinion, And You Hear Them All
When you make this decision, everybody's first question, girl or guy, is "How big are you going? What cup size?" But most people don't understand how boobs are sized and assume boobs come in bra sizes. It's an inexact science -- adding X amount of saline to the ol' fleshbag doesn't tell you what size they'll be. And 50 or 150 cc's on one person can look completely different on another person. After her mastectomy, my friend, who's a bit wider than me, got 350 cc's, but that looked tiny on her. Her mom got the same, and her breasts looked enormous.
Predictably, a lot of guys were like, "You should go bigger!" Excuse me, are you going to carry them? Do you want to carry more of you around? For me, I didn't want to look like I'd had surgery.
Hospital gowns may be flattering, but I refuse to wear one to 7/11.
I just wanted to get on with my life. I don't like major changes. I get depressed when I lose or gain a lot of weight. I wanted to stay the same. Most women I encountered were supportive of that.
A lot are curious about the replacement breasts and want to feel and touch them. I'm very open about that, with everyone -- I'll let you "feel" if you want to. It's not like a "breast augmentation" that most porn stars and Hollywood actresses get. I had a "breast reconstruction" and they feel different than your average porn star boobs. I'm interested in education, and I'll risk being called a slut for letting people touch my breasts if it's raising awareness.
It's like touching Mike's head to learn about baldness. But rubbing it "for good luck" is a little weird.