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I realize I won’t get through this journey without scars. I will have physical reminders of my decision to have a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy and DIEP flap reconstruction for the rest of my life. However, I know that that your grandmother had this amazing concoction for making scars less visible, whether it be vitamin e capsules opened daily, or like coconut oil…
I just wanna know what your granny suggested for lessening scarring. I’m pretty willing to try and buy anything to help this process!

Thanks y’all!


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Budget Friendly Swim Suits

I don’t know about you but I have been STRUGGLING to find swimsuits that are both flattering and won’t break the bank! I’ve had a very successful swim suit shopping spree. I’m having a surgery that’ll pretty much change the landscape and topography of my body and I’ve gained about 15 pounds since my BRCA1 results. One part emotional eating, one part beignets and waffles and friend chicken, one part because I haven’t had the energy or mojo to continue my workout. Finding a swimsuit that I feel comfortable in, in a body I don’t feel comfortable in, has been incredibly difficult. I also can’t spend a ton of money on ONE swim suit because we are at the pool pretty much every day during summer vacation and the beach at least once a week! They get worn a lot without a lot of time in between!
My first bargain swim suit find is a 1 piece. It’s extremely trendy floral print with ruffles and a piece that I definitely wouldn’t spend a ton on. Basics are ok to splurge on, in my opinion. A suit that’ll only be on trend for a season is not.


Y’all! It is so incredibly flattering. So comfy, didn’t creep or crawl or inch.I am so incredibly pleased with this suit ESPECIALLY for UNDER $10! WHAT! I’m going to let you in on a little secret, or maybe you already know? Allie Express! Shipping takes FOREVER and customer service is non existent but the clothe are cheap and often the same suits you’ll find on cupshe or amazon but cheaper.
Here’s the link for the floral one piece I got a Large, I almost always always always size up in the clothes from Allie even if the size chart says TTS.

You can also save $$ with Ebates on AllieExpress, Walmart, Target, Amazon and SO many other online shops! If you’re not using it already, you should be!
Ebates Referral Link

Here it is on Amazon

Next up is a mix and match bikini set that I found at….
For real. Each piece was only $7.96 so I got 4 pieces for around $32. And I feel GOOD in them. Even heavier than I’d like. It was so cute. I did size up in the bottoms and got my true size in the top (mostly because my boobs are going to be smaller in like 3 months).

You can find bottoms & top in the solids! I seriously love that I can mix and match these pieces for maximum wearability!


The stripes are so eye catching and vertical stripes are so flattering. I really like the stripes the most of the two but I wanted to mix and match. The yellow/orange color is a perfect match in the stripes to the solid suit.
You can find the stripe bottoms here & stripe bikini top here. Despite the lack of structure to this top I felt like it definitely had enough support for my boobs. (and just for therecord I’m a 34DD right now…)


Have you found any swimsuits that you just love?? Share them with me!

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Adventures of Leftie

So, if you remember, Leftie is my trouble maker. We had an issue with the mammogram and something weird showing up. (Something not cancerous, but odd, nonetheless!) I had a dermatology appointment last week and everything looked pretty good…except for a mole on good ol’ leftie. Obviously I’m in the better safe than sorry camp. They took that mole off and sent it to pathology. I was sure it was going to be moderately dysplastic like the mole on my back before it. The dermatologist just called, and it’s benign! So even though the site got a little infected and Barry had to doctor it up a bit I’m so relieved! This is also a PSA to get your skin check if you haven’t! Skin cancer is no fun. Also, if you’re positive for a BRCA mutation you’re at an increased risk for skin cancer! Hopefully this is the extent of leftie’s drama for the last little bit!

And, as a side note, I scheduled my phase 2 for December 13. Merry Christmas, Christia. You’re getting lipo, scar revision and fat grafting!

Love you guys! Thank you for your support. Check your self (breast self exam) and get your skin looked over!