Published Apr 25, 2022
It’s been two weeks since Clea Shearer, Netflix star and professional organizer, had a double mastectomy for her stage 2 breast cancer, and she’s recovering well.
The 40-year-old from Nashville, Tenn., shared an update to Instagram on Sunday evening, letting her thousands of followers know that she’s doing great. But the most exciting news is that her drains from surgery are out.
“My last surgery was exactly 1 week ago, and my double mastectomy was 2 weeks ago! I’m up and moving around — just at a slower pace than I’m used to,” she posted to Instagram alongside a photo of her and her daughter, Stella.
“The great news is that my drains are OUT 🙌🏼 and I was able to take my first shower! … *completely encased in Saran Wrap* but I’ll take the victory 💗”
Clea Shearer lives in Tennessee with her husband, John, and their two children, Stella, 11, and Sutton, 7. She co-founded The Home Edit with her best friend and business partner Joanna Teplin, 42. Their business became such a success that Netflix opted to make a television show of it. Netflix released the second season of Get Organized with the Home Edit on April 1.
Two weeks ago, Clea Shearer announced that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and that she would be undergoing a double mastectomy.
“I found a lump myself (in) the last week of February,” Clea posted to Instagram on April 7. “I had been trying to make an appt with my OB(GYN) for several months, and even when I told them I found a lump, they couldn’t accommodate me. I had to request a mammogram from my general doctor, which led to an ultrasound, and then an emergency triple biopsy.”
Clea, who’s been sharing regular updates about her health on Instagram, was originally told her cancer was stage 1, but during the nine-hour surgery on Friday, April 8, doctors found cancer in one of her lymph nodes, which elevated the cancer to stage 2. The type of breast cancer Clea was diagnosed with hasn’t been been made public yet, but she said her cancer is “aggressive and fast-moving,” however, “I caught it early.”
She had two tumors, one measuring 2 centimeter in size and the other 3 centimeters (she was originally told each tumor was 1 centimeter). The tumors were sent to a lab in order to determine if Clea will need chemotherapy or radiation, and as stated earlier, it turns out she’ll need both.
According to her Instagram, Clea underwent a second breast cancer surgery last week because “some of my skin tissue is just NOT having it…” She’s currently recovering at home.
Most women with breast cancer, like Clea Shearer, will have surgery at some point in their treatment. Depending on how far your cancer has spread and your personal preferences, you and your doctor may decide to:
Removing your breasts can have a dramatic effect on your self-esteem, which is why some women who opt for a mastectomy then choose breast reconstruction surgery. It’s unclear if Clea will opt for reconstruction surgery after her double mastectomy. This is a highly personal choice, and there’s no “right” answer as to whether or not to reconstruct.
According to the American Cancer Society, bleeding and infection at the surgery site are possible with all operations. However, the side effects of a mastectomy can depend on the type: either a single (removing one breast) or double (removing both breasts).
Those side effects can include: