I’ve now passed the five year survivor mark, and I’m four years out from having a breast reconstruction – using my own body fat. I’m one of those who rejects almost anything put onto or into my body that isn’t self-propagated, so an artificial implant was not even to be considered. We’ll just skip right over that pain and all the nasty little side roads, like stitches that wouldn’t heal and reopening wounds. The really important thing was I survived and I felt great. Oh, and I still kept working at my full‑time job as a legal assistant right through it all. Thanks to the awesome lawyers that I worked for and a husband who took care of anything and everything I needed in order to keep me well.