What to expect after prophylactic surgery

Lori Getz, MA, shares advice from her personal experience of what women should expect after undergoing prophylactic surgery
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What to expect after prophylactic surgery

Because I have two young children, I decided to have the prophylactic bilateral mastectomy, the oophorectomy, and the hysterectomy, all in one day--all at one time. I had four surgeons in the room, and it was a long process. The oophorectomy and the hysterectomy were really not very painful, and I was going to be up on my feet fairly quickly. I didn't want to take time to go back to the hospital again for another procedure, and not be able to pick up my children, and not be able to take care of my family. Doing that was a pretty difficult process. There was definitely the pain that was involved. However, it wasn't so horrific that I regret doing it. It was uncomfortable. I lost the use of my arms for about six weeks. Within eight weeks, I was back up and moving around, just as normal. However, the biggest issue that I had in this time is that I felt like I was an observer of my own life because I couldn't take on any of the responsibilities that I had in the past. In the beginning, that was really tough--not to be able to cook for my family, clean my house, or pick up my own children--but once I wrapped my head around the fact that I'd done something that was going to actually protect my family in the long run, I was able to take a look at it from a different perspective and say, "You know what? I get to live my life as an observer, without any of the responsibility, for a short period of time." That really helped me come to terms with what I had done and feel good about the decision that I had made.

Lori Getz, MA, shares advice from her personal experience of what women should expect after undergoing prophylactic surgery


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Lori Getz, M.A.

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Since 2004 Lori has worked as an Instructional Technologist in Los Angeles, CA. She has a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from San Diego State University and is certified by isafe.org as an Internet Safety Specialist. In September 2008 Lori founded Cyber Education Consultants and began speaking to students, parents, and educators about Internet safety, security and ethics.  Since that time Lori has reached out to Internet users across the world!  Her mission is simple- to help bridge the gap between a young generation of digital natives and their parents and teachers. 

Today, Cyber Education Consultants provides workshops, professional development and consulting services to more than 100 schools across the country.

Lori is an educator, mother, and Internet safety expert.  She has appeared on the "Dr. Phil Show," "Today," "HLN," “Dr. Drew” and several other local news and radio programs (including the Ryan Seacrest show on KIIS FM).  She often lectures live, speaking to parents, teachers and students. Lori has been published in several areas including as an online expert for momlogic.com and kidsinthehouse.org.  Most recently was featured in Rachel Simmons’ new edition of “Odd Girl Out” and Lucie Hemmen’s, Ph.D “Parenting a Teen Girl.” She is currently working with the “I Have a Plan” series to develop a children’s book on online safety.  Her insight comes from both her professional and personal life working with children, tweens and teens.  


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