How were you feeling in the lead up to your surgery?
I have to say that I was incredibly nervous. I’d downloaded an app on my phone that lets you browse before and after pictures of people who’ve also gone through breast reduction, and you can read their stories and see their results.
It was really nerve-wracking to not know how my own procedure was going to turn out, and obviously I didn’t want to end up with bad scarring or a result I hated. I tried to find women who looked like me and had the same surgery, so I could get some idea of what I’d look like.
Though this helped, in the end what calmed me down was having Shannon call and reassure me that everything would be OK, that the doctor was experienced, and that I didn’t have anything to be worried about.
She explained that it’s quite normal to be nervous like that – it is, after all, a life-changing surgery!
Shannon was always available on WhatsApp and I think the fact that she was so relaxed helped me feel calmer about everything. She was professional, but I also felt like she was just a kind person who I could chat to honestly.
The pre-operation appointment was short, and by that point all that was left to do was cover some practical issues – I needed scar cream, a good post-surgical bra, etc. What helped my nervousness was feeling like I was prepared with these little things.
I spent time making sure my room was clean and ready for when I came home post-op, and both my mum and dad were on standby at home with me.
I had my bras and medication to hand and I made sure I hadn’t planned anything too strenuous for the days that followed.