Catching you up
I have failed you!
I didn't renew my domain (oops) and then abandoned writing on the blog all together.
Can you forgive me? I've had quite a bit going on.
Can you believe it has been MORE THAN A YEAR since my double mastectomy? Me either. Some days it seems just like yesterday (really only when I attempt to open jars or close windows) and other it seems like an entire lifetime ago.
In October I was all ready to attend the 2016 FORCE Conference in Orlando. Hurricane Matthew had a different idea, so I'll be attending the rescheduled conference June 8 - 11 and am so excited to connect and learn with other members of the BRCA gene mutation world.
I started a new job in November 2016 - I am now the Executive Director of Among Friends Activity Center in Norman, OK. I get to spend my days advocating for the disabled adults of Norman and the the surrounding area. How cool is that?
I have taken up spin class 3 times a week. What started in January as "New Year, New Me" motivation has become a slight obsession. I love the classes at the Y and just CAN'T stop myself from waking up at 5:00 AM and getting to the gym right when it opens. I am in the best shape I have been in my entire life (probably a lie, but let me live my lie) and I've been rocking this padded, camel toed pants like a champ.
All this new activity led T & I to going on a vacation with our friends to Crested Butte where we hiked and I biked and we even white water rafted. I get the feeling that T didn't think these were the type of group activities we would participate in when we got married. (After a week of strenuous activity and altitude, we will be balancing it out with binge watching the newest season of House of Cards, so don't worry too much about us.)
Well, I can't wait to share more about the upcoming conference and give you some additional advice to be prepared for "what's next" after a double mastectomy.
Today was my first Shania Twain day since my double mastectomy.
What do I mean by a "Shania Twain" day?
Man! I feel like a woman.
I woke up feeling feminine and slipped on a dress I bought at the end of last summer that I haven't (1) felt like wearing and (2) been able to fit into. A cute little, floral JCREW number that screams summer. Too bad, it's already Pumpkin Spice Latte season, but I rocked it anyway. It's still warm here in Oklahoma.
So...let it be known that it took exactly 7 months and 5 days for me to feel like the feminine, garden party going, dress and heel wearing princess that I used to be.
The best thing about being a woman
Christina Mallory Chicoraske - a 30 year old, 4th generation Okie, diagnosed BRCA2+ and undergoing a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy. This is the tale of my journey with hopes to inform and encourage other young women searching for answers after a BRCA1/2 gene mutation discovery.