Here’s What One Young Woman’s Experience Was Like in the Days Following Her Mastectomy
Caitlin is a comedian living in New York City with her husband and their dog, Falcon. As part of a docu-series online called Screw You Cancer, Caitlin takes viewers along on her journey to get a preventative double mastectomy.
Caitlin has lost several family members to cancer, but she was determined not to lose her own life. So after testing positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation and wrestling with her fear about potentially getting the disease, she decided to undergo a preventative double mastectomy at the age of 28 to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer.
In this episode, we see Caitlin right after her surgery is complete. She is surrounded by her family and loved ones in the hospital and struggles with the physical effects of the surgery, like pain and loss of movement in her arms.
Her husband spoke frankly about how she was feeling. “She woke up and felt like her um, you know — she couldn’t breathe because of the bra and the bandages on her chest,” he says in the video. “She felt like she was nauseous, really nauseous. She felt like she was going to throw up the whole time. Her mouth was really dry. She desperately wanted ice chips but they couldn’t give it to her because she was nauseous.”
With that amount of pain and discomfort, it’s crucial to have a strong support system around you — and Caitlin’s loved ones definitely stepped up. Take a look at the video to learn more about Caitlin’s journey.