Addaniptomy (add-uh-nip-tah-me):  definition- the surgical procedure of creating a nipple for someone with Barbie boobs.

Or at least that’s what my co-workers came up with when deciding on a new name for my nipple reconstruction.   Sounds so much more medical to me.  So there you have it…my made up name for what is to hopefully be my last surgery in this over year and a half journey.  Yes, we have attempted this before, and the outcome wasn’t stellar (duh, I have Barbie boobs) but if at first you don’t succeed and all that crap. 😜  One more try and if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work.  No biggie… tattoo city here we come.  This time, instead of just reconstructing from my existing grafts, they will be using a biological mesh under the newly constructed tissue to help add support and projection to my wimpy Casper skin. At first he (the plastics dude) had said he was going to use cadaver skin…uuuummmmm…I could have really given my nips names then…old Frank and Charlie, or whoever the past owners names were…bahhahahahaha.  That kinda weirded me out but he decided a mesh was the way he wanted to go.  Wouldn’t that be some shit if I did have cadaver skin supports and ended up having haunted nipples?!?!  Now there is a phrase I bet you never heard before…haunted nipples.  This is all set to go down next Thursday the 28th, and God willing things will go smoothly.  Yet another experience in this crazy journey.  Hopefully this time next week I will be shouting “nip nip hooray!”

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  1. I’m going in for lat in lh side of mastectomy and other Boob off in next cpl months. Had chemo and radiation to lh side hence the ld. I’m pleased to read your story it has helped me…I’m scared. Are you in Australia?

    • Susie, so sorry you have had to go through all of that. I get that you are scared, a big surgery like a lat flap is scary. But, if I had to go back in time and make the these decisions again, I wouldn’t change a thing. Sure, the recovery is a little bit longer, and the physical therapy was tough, but I am thrilled with the results. You can do this!!! I am glad my story has helped you, if you have any questions I will try and answer them for you. The pain of the surgery is temporary, keep that in mind and you will do great!!! Prayers being sent your way and I hope everything goes well for you! I am not in Australia, I am in the US. Sending some good vibes your way!

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