I have an amazing plasic surgeon, Dr. Richard Pavese, who has been a great asset in my life. He wouldn't even charge me for my double mastectomy surgery or all my follow-up appointments. He considered breast cancer patients an honor to serve. On one occasion, I was mad at him for filling my spacers too much and causing me pain. I told him (sort of joking...sorta not), that if he filled my spacers up anymore, I would put the needle in his chest and see how he liked it. He turned to Morgan and said, "I am pretty scared of her!"
The next appointment, Dr. Pavese handed me some papers. He told me that he had done some research about breast cancer and he wanted me to see what he found out. He said that it was a sort of apology for causing me any pain.
Well, last night Dr. Pavese passed away unexpectedly. He was out for his nightly walk and was hit by a car. I don't know all the details, but I do know that he will be missed by many people here in the Valley. I know I will miss him and his stories of being a boy scout in New York City and having his campouts in the high school gymnasium. He had such a great sense of humor. He even performed a cyst removal for Morgan in his office with a white shirt and tie on. He didn't care that he looked like a mess when it was over. He said, "oh don't worry, that's what stain remover is for.".... such a goof ball!
I know I will miss you Dr. Pavese and not to be selfish, but you haven't finished my reconstruction yet, so now what???