Hi Becci - i would encourage you to go for DIEP if you can live with tummy scar. It is an amazing operation. Soft, squidgy, warm breast made of you. I have had radio post DIEP and so far no problems. Normally they won't give you implants if radio needed. If you pm me, i can send you pictures if helpful. Xx
Im sorry to hear that you are having to deal with this especially so young.
i am having a double recon with a diep and have researched widely on all options I am genetically at high risk of BC
I would ask a lot of questions about having an implant then having radiotherapy as I know of two people who have had a problem called capsular contraction with the implant following radiotherapy. My preference would be diep but it is a far more demanding surgery and is of course a personal choice. good luck with your surgery whichever you choose x