I just learned the most extraordinary thing:
I am a beneficiary of organ donation.
Now that I think about it, I have a vague ~ extremely vague ~ memory of the plastic surgeon talking about the source of Alloderm, which he uses in breast reconstruction. And I remember him mentioning it again when I stopped by his office to sign a stack of consent forms.
But when you are facing a mastectomy, you cannot possibly absorb all the information thrown at you in a few intense, emotion-laden weeks.
Yesterday, during my post-op visit, the breast surgeon explained what she has seen her colleague do with Alloderm, in response to a question I had about some residual pain that has finally dissipated.
And so a few minutes ago I googled, "What is Alloderm?"
It's donated human tissue.
I am stunned.
This whole episode in my life has been quite difficult.
But this knowledge offers a whole new perspective.