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About Us

Who we are

We are a team of writers, physicians, and survivors who believe the women that are faced with a breast cancer diagnosis should be empowered with the information to make long-term decisions for both their health and their comfort. While the breast cancer community has done an excellent job at educating women regarding their treatment options, as Breastreconusa.org states, “Less than a quarter (23 percent) of women know the wide range of breast reconstruction options available.” We therefore make it our focus to increase that percentage, even while writing on a wider range of topics that affect women with breast cancer. The choice of breast reconstruction ought to be the woman’s, without pressure or bias*, and her choice is valid.

  • I’m Taking Back – Empowering women with the knowledge to make an informed decision regarding breast reconstruction, whether after a mastectomy or lumpectomy
  • I’m Taking Charge – Empowering women to manage the everyday impact of a breast cancer diagnosis and its side-effects
  • We’re Taking Charge Together – Empowering women with uplifting stories of others, knowledge of the organizations and companies serving the breast cancer community, and the latest inventions that impact those who face or have faced a breast cancer diagnosis.
  • Reconstruction Stories – Empowering women with the real stories and examples of women who have undergone breast reconstruction
  • Reconstruction Gallery – Empowering women with photos of real women who have undergone breast reconstruction after a mastectomy or lumpectomy

Our Goal

  • To provide every woman the information and education she needs to make an empowered choice regarding breast reconstruction.
  • To allow every woman to take back the things cancer stole from her: her sense of choice over her body, her comfort in her own skin, and her ownership of her post-cancer body.

Our Vision

I’m Taking Charge hopes to meet every woman wherever she is at in her breast cancer journey and assure her of the choices she holds. Whether our reader received her first cancer diagnosis yesterday or had a mastectomy ten years ago, I’m Taking Charge should be a safe place for her to explore her options and consider how she moves forward, far beyond cancer remission.

Our Mission

Society frequently overlooks reconstruction of a woman’s breast following a lumpectomy or mastectomy as a valid and important piece of recovery from breast cancer. The purpose of I’m Taking Charge is to educate women on their rights to breast reconstruction and the options available through the sharing of industry statistics, physician contributions, and real life stories from women who have faced breast cancer head on. I’m Taking Charge hopes to meet every woman wherever she is at in her breast cancer journey and assure her of the choices she holds. Whether our reader received her first cancer diagnosis yesterday or had a mastectomy ten years ago, I’m Taking Charge should be a safe place for her to explore her options and consider how she moves forward, far beyond cancer remission.

*AirXpanders®, the medical device company for the AeroForm® tissue expansion system, provides funding for the I’m Taking Charge blog as an outreach to the community. I’m Taking Charge does not, however, provide preferential coverage of the AeroForm or any other medical device nor selectively ignore coverage of competitor products or reconstruction types. The goal of the blog is to provide comprehensive coverage of all techniques, methods, and products that may be useful to a woman considering breast reconstruction

Board of Advisors


Lynae Dodson

Founder

Breast cancer activism runs in Lynae's family, as her grandmother, after battling the disease and facing a mastectomy in the 1950s,

Kara Skarda

Executive Director

Kara's career life has included a few unusual twists and turns, from working for the federal government, to teaching elementary special..

Frank J. DellaCroce, MD

Frank J. DellaCroce, MD, FACS, (“Dr. D”) is a founding partner of the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery and St. Charles Surgical Hospital.....

Kimberly Jewett

Breast cancer survivor

Kimberly Jewett is a two time breast cancer survivor who received her initial diagnosis at the young ages of 31, and 35.

Carrie

We are pleased to welcome Carrie Riccobono, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, OCN our newest addition to the....