Feel It On the First (Or like, whenever)

I fully believe in modesty for most aspects of my life. I’m not a naturally naked person, don’t love bathing suits, and would rather not see anyone else’s belly buttons. I guess I have a touch of prude in me when it comes to being exposed. Well that was until I got breast cancer. Now…

I Think Not.

Serendipity. Coincidence. Happy accident. Fate. Whatever you want to call it, my cancer journey was filled with many of these little sprinkles of hope that made me smile and stay positive. They are pure luck at the unluckiest of times. Coincidence? I think not. #1. My mom was diagnosed with Stage 1A breast cancer at a…

If You Want the Rainbow

When I was six my mom, who by now you should all know is amazing, planned a backwards birthday party where we did everything backwards. Clothes? Everything had to be worn backwards. She even printed out our names in reverse and pinned them on our fronts (Anig, here!). Games? All performed backwards from walking with…

Nothing Without Me

240/275. Those are the number of CCs of saline that are in my breasts. Lefty is still a little behind righty. I feel huge. I feel like a small child is sitting on my chest. I feel a little karmic backlash from all my pre-expansion desired breast size jokes (Real big, super obvious, not subtle,…

Lopsided

Sorry for the graphic photos but these expanders are taking over my life! I’ve never been so comfortable being naked because honestly, they don’t feel like a part of my body right now. I even catch myself rubbing them in public when they hurt. Gotta remind myself not everyone knows I have expanders in because…

Orange is the New Gym

I started Orangetheory after my sister encouraged me to try this amazing new workout she had become addicted to. I’ve always been athletic, I played basketball and ran track in high school, but always felt intimidated by the “gym” and working out around other people. Needless to say, that first workout changed my negative outlook…

What’s up, Bra?

On Tuesday, 4/2/2018, exactly two weeks after my surgery and my last drain was removed, I wore a bra again! A very unflattering, free from the hospital, surgery bra that has hooks on the front and on the shoulders. I have to put gauze between my breast and the tissue so nothing has the chance…

My Discovery Story

When my cancer journey began, I documented the timeline of events. It all happened so fast. “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” -Albert Einstein       Timeline (So Far) Original Journal entry by Gina Grosso on Caringbridge.org — Mar 10, 2018  November 2017: My mom shares her…

The Ugly Truth

    These picture are tough for me to look at. In a time where we select pictures for Instagram or Facebook out of the multiple we took or by adding filters to make us look our best, posting photos where I frankly look my worst is difficult But these are the ones that show…

CaringBridge-Posts From Home

CaringBridge Journal entry by Gina Grosso — Mar 25, 2018   Sunday 3/25/2018. 5 Days post-operation. I woke up this morning like a beetle stuck upside down on her shell. But my shell was the awesome recliner I’ve been convalescing in for the last two days. One blog told me to expect “T-Rex” arms and…

CaringBridge Journal-Post Op

Surgery was a success! Journal entry by Alyssa Lotito — Mar 20, 2018 Hello Family and friends! Just wanted to let everyone know that Gina is out of surgery and in recovery.  We are not able to see her for about another hour, but we were able to talk to both surgeons.  The surgery went…

CaringBridge Journal-Before Surgery

March 11, 2018 Journal entry by Gina Grosso — Mar 11, 2018 Today has been a good day. As good of a day as it can be when every hour or so I remember what is about to happen in just over a week. Waking up and drinking decaf (blah) in order to avoid a…

About Gina

Hi! My name is Gina. I am an elementary Speech Language Pathologist who works with kiddos from preschool-6th grade with a variety of Communication Disorders. I love to cook but I get nervous to do it for new people. I don’t love to swim but love to Paddleboard in calm waters. I grew up in…