Liz Joye

I remember the day like it was yesterday…. On November 5th 2013, I felt a lump in my breast and called my doctor who had told me to come in for an appt. because she knew my mom is a breast cancer survivor. That next day I went in and she had felt the lump as well, she was able to get me in for a mammogram and ultrasound, which confirmed I had a mass. I had a biopsy the next day and 2 days later, I got the call that I had breast cancer.
Because my mom had recently gone through breast cancer, I wanted to take the BRCA test. After a 2 week waiting period for my results of the BRCA test, my doctor had called me and said I tested positive. Which made my decision on which treatment I would choose a little easier. I chose to have a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery.
I was scheduled for my double mastectomy with expanders on January 29, 2014 at University Hospital here in Aurora, Co. I knew what was going to happen but never did I know the emotional roller coaster that I would go through. After 3 weeks post op, I had my first expander fill and continued weekly fills to expand the skin for my final process of the reconstruction surgery. On July 9, 2014 I had my final surgery to take the expanders out and put in my new breast implants.