Firstly, welcome to the Forum. You will find this a great place for help and support as you travel along your cancer journey. It is great to hear that your reconstruction went so well. I agree that, like most operations, the thought and fear of it is really quite scary, so many congratulations on having the strength to go through with it.
I would agree with you that the NHS have really come up trumps in dealing with my hospital visits and like you, I will not hear a word against them in that respect.
I am not usually cowardly, but in this instance, having had a double mastectomy, reconstruction would have meant taking two flaps from my back and I did not fancy this being done all at once!
The other option of taking skin from my abdomen was ruled out because of previous abdominal surgery, which has left me with a lot of scarring in this area. This meant that the skin there was unsuitable for grafting.
On the whole I manage quite well. The only exception to this is when I go swimming. Depending on which prosthesis I wear, I seem to find my boobs either round my neck or near my waist. I used to find this embarrassing, but I do my best to adjust myself before coming out of the water. I find that the benefits I get from swimming greatly outweigh any upset I’ve had in this respect.