At just a day short of two weeks after her double mastectomy, Lisa Russell decided to share her experience with the world. And we’re so glad she did. Every woman who’s going to have to go through something like this should have the opportunity to witness a glimpse into her future.
Lisa starts by talking about her drains, when they’ll get taken out, and how to deal with them in the meantime (including how to empty them and measure the contents). She also demonstrates how to use her velcro-strap post-mastectomy bra, which is designed to be put on and taken off easily and even comes with places to hang your drains so they don’t pull on your skin.
Then Lisa gets to the part that everyone really wants to know about—showing us what her breasts really look like two weeks after her mastectomy. Perhaps you’ll be shocked by the results, or perhaps you’ll be pleasantly surprised, but either way, it’s helpful to have a better idea of what mastectomy wounds look like as they begin to heal.
The entire video is meant to give future mastectomy patients a better understanding of what they’ll go through after surgery and what things will look and feel like in the weeks following the procedure. And if you’re one of those people considering or awaiting a mastectomy, you probably need that little bit of extra reassurance.
So we encourage you to take a peek at the video below—even if you’re a little bit scared—to find out what you’re in for and get all the information you’re going to need to become more comfortable with your procedure and recovery.
Thank you, Lisa, for your positive attitude and the bravery you showed by baring your chest for the entire world to see, especially at what undoubtedly feels like a very vulnerable time in your life. May this video bring a sense of peace to all future mastectomy patients who see it.
Check out the video below to see Lisa’s mastectomy wounds and learn more about how she has dealt with the recovery process.
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?