How Laura #redefinedcourage

At Redefined Courage we are dedicated to walk with women who have Redefined Courage. We are grateful to hear from Laura as she is continuing her journey with strength! Please read below and connect with her.

My name is Laura Mckay from the UK, I am 35, have a fantastic partner and a two year old son. My Instagram handle is @masectomyandmckay is based on my old nickname, I was always the little girl (5ft) with the big boobs (G cup). 

I lost my mum to breast cancer at 15 and at 32 discovered my brca2 mutation. I had my son the following year (2016) and last year had my bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction on 3rd September.

I discovered two days after surgery that my surgeon had made an error and used the wrong implants in my reconstruction surgery (I wanted rounds and he used teardrops which completely changed the outcome of my reconstruction and devastated me emotionally and physically) .

4 weeks after surgery I was sent last minute for surgery on my right foob as a seroma was leaking and the incision wasn’t healing, skin was removed which distorted the shape and size on the right side.

Recently on Boxing Day my scar on my left side changed colour and felt different, I saw a surgeon the next day and had to have surgery later that day to remove my left implant, the scar opened up to reveal the implant and due to the high risk of infection the implant had to be removed, of course I am just gutted by what’s happened since choosing to have this survey but the alternative was facing a cancer diagnosis, no women in my family have survived 40 so I knew I had no other option. 

I still try to be optimistic and positive even with these bumps in the road. I changed surgeons (due to losing all trust in the previous one) and I have so much confidence in his abilities that I know it’ll all be worth it in the end.

What I’ve learned since my mastectomy is that reconstruction really is a work in progress, Rome wasn’t built in a day after all, patience is paramount, advocate for yourself if you feel something isn’t right and trust in the process .