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July
7
2019

July 07, 2019

Well I have finally made it to the next phase in this journey. Tomorrow I will have reconstruction surgery at 8 a.m. at Piedmont in Athens.  The surgery should last around 3 hours. Please say a prayer for me, my family and Dr Luigo in the morning. 

Recovery should be much easier than the last time. I imagine the anesthesia fog will be the hardest (I still feel effects from the first surgery). My biggest challenge will be not picking up anything over 5 lbs for a while. 

Thank you all for your support, prayers and kind words. I could not have done this without them or without my parents. I am so fortunate to have them close and a part of my life. 

It’s hard to say I’m a survivor because I did not have to face months of chemo or radiation like so many brave ladies each day. I realize how fortunate I am and will always admire the strength and courage of women battling breast cancer. 

Get checked, feel your boobs and encourage your moms, grand moms and daughters to stay on top of their health. My experience is the perfect example of how important it is. 

My doctor sent me to a genetic counselor for testing last month even though I am likely negative for the BRCA gene. I have decided to test for my kids - peace of mind is worth a million dollars. 

Love you all!
Farrah

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April
24
2019

April 24, 2019

Well it's been a little over a month since my double mastectomy. I am feeling more like myself and my arms are gaining strength.  I started the reconstruction process about two weeks ago and hopefully it should be complete in about 3 months.  If you want to know more about my type of reconstruction I am more than happy to share - just message me. The pain from expansion is uncomfortable but manageable, as long as I do my arm exercises.

I am still working hard to stay focused on my health.  As a working mom of three that is hard to do, especially when we are running around for ball, end of school year activities and other fun festivities.  I also have a confession - I AM A PEOPLE PLEASER - it's something I have always dealt with.  But over the last couple of months, I have realized that I have to reverse this mindset and focus more on me, my family and then my career.  I can't make everyone happy and I can't do everything, together, all the time! It's funny how it takes something like cancer and a life changing surgery to finally make one realize their priorities.  

I am still receiving cards, texts, hugs and gifts. The outpouring of love (especially from some I would have never anticipated) has been astounding.  I hope that I will have the opportunity to return kindness and support to so many of you.  For now, I am praying for special blessings to you all. Please continue to keep me in your prayers and don't be afraid to hug me.  I promise it is what I need. ♥️ Farrah 

April
7
2019

Drains are gone and moving on ....

Thankful to have my last two drains removed this week and to finally take a shower 😃!! I am now three weeks post operation and happy to say that I am moving around more and taking short trips with the family to the store and ballfields.  However, being under anesthesia for 7 1/2 hours has taken a toll on my energy levels and it will take longer than I realized to feel more like myself (plus it's taken a toll on my short term memory - which was already bad because of being a busy mom of three 😂).

As far as the pain goes I am managing well.  My arms and chest are painful at times, especially if I do too much.  The area where they removed my lymph nodes hurts the most and is still a little swollen.  This is something that will likely bother me a times throughout the rest of my life.

I visited my general surgeon on Thursday and he was extremely happy with the results of the operation and my post-op progress.  He confirmed my pathology report again and gave me the great news that no further medicine or cancer treatment will be needed ( YAY - NO HORMORE REPLACEMENTS!!! )  This is an answer to prayers and further supports my decision to do this risk reducing operation.  He prescribed physical therapy exercises for my arms daily over the next two months that will help to restore mobility and strength. Right now my left arm needs A LOT of work.

Here's a picture of all of the cards that were sent to my family over the last few weeks.  It was such a blessing and very encouraging to open each one.  Each person that sent a text, card, message brightened my day! From the bottom of my heart - THANK YOU!!!

I hope to return to work this week so please keep me in your prayers.  It's also back to school for the kids after a week off of school for spring break. 🙏 Farrah 


April
1
2019

Goodbye March and goodbye drains!

Goodbye March and hopefully goodbye drains!! I’m down to two drains and it looks like they are slowing down enough to come out within the next few days. That means I can shower if so! 

Tomorrow will mark two weeks since my surgery and I’ve definitely made strides in my recovery. I’m off the heavy meds (evil stuff) and moving around better. The pain is manageable and muscle spasms are the most annoying symptom now.   I’m still weak (thanks to 7+ hours under anesthesia) and can’t lift my arms very high but I’m sure that will get better in the next few weeks. 

I know I’ve said thanks in every post, but the food, messages and prayers have deeply touched me. As a mom I constantly worry about my babies (even though they are big ones) and having dinner prepared for them every night was greatly appreciated. It also allowed us to visit in the evening after school which is always the best medicine for this momma. 

It really has taken a small village to keep life as normal as possible for my family. I can’t say thank you enough to my husband, parents, sister and mother-in-law for their help everyday for the last two weeks. My kids were able to keep their commitments, go to school and remain on their “normal” schedule. I am forever grateful for this.

I haven’t had to think of work during this time also due to my coworker - Kellay Watson. Thank you Kellay for pulling off a very successful golf tournament last week for GDYF.👏🏻👏🏻. You are amazing!!

❤️ Farrah 


March
25
2019

NO CANCER !

Today I received the final pathology report that confirms what the surgeon reported to my husband last Monday, NO CANCER! I am so thankful and relieved. 

Recovery is going well. My parents have been wonderful caretakers and I am forever grateful for them.  My mother in law has also helped with the kids and household duties. 

I can’t express how much I appreciate everyone that sent flowers, food and cards. I am humbled by your generosity and pray for special blessings to you all. 

I still have drains in and some pain, but it is manageable. I am pretty weak but getting a little stronger each day. It is still hard to believe how quickly this all came about, however I believe this surgery was the best option for me and my family. Thanks ❤️ Farrah 


March
22
2019

March 22, 2019

What a difference a few days make! I’m recovering well and getting stronger each day. My husband and family have been by my side the entire week and have made sure that I have everything I need. Thank you all for the cards, messages, and food.  I’m still sore and extremely tired, but happy that my lymph nodes are clear.  

March
20
2019

March 20, 2019

Farrah is home from hospital this morning and resting!  Thank you for all the prayers! God is good!

March
19
2019

March 19, 2019

Farrah continues to improve after resting some last night. Hopefully she will be coming home later on today!  Thank you all for your prayers! God is so good!