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Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy: Yes or No?
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Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy: Yes or No?

If you haven’t thought it yet, at some point in your breast cancer journey you’re likely to come across the thought, “Isn’t it enough that I’m alive?” Yes. You’re alive! Absolutely, that’s more than enough to celebrate. Every single day you will have new hugs, new conversations, and new treasured moments that make being alive absolutely enough. BUT… it’s also okay to have dreams beyond survival. That’s why we’re having this conversation about...

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16 Apr 2016
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Tissue Expanders: Marci and Marie’s Different Stories

The shock of breast cancer doesn’t end at the diagnosis. Every woman knows there are many steps along the way that just keeps building and adding to the shock. It may be losing one’s hair from the chemotherapy or learning of a BRCA mutation. For women who undergo a mastectomy, losing one’s breasts is a particularly intense time emotionally. Both Marci Garrett and Marie Jobson...

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11 Apr 2016
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Breast Reconstruction After a Lumpectomy: Patricia Velasques’s Story

So often, when we talk about breast reconstruction, we focus the conversation on the options available to women who’ve had a mastectomy. This makes sense, because without a doubt, these women face profound changes in their shape that can impact so much of their day-to-day life. However, breast reconstruction can also occur for women who’ve had a lumpectomy (sometimes referred to as a breast-conserving surgery)....

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21 Mar 2016
Deconstructing Reconstruction – Ask a Surgeon!
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Deconstructing Reconstruction – Ask a Surgeon!

Alright, if I ask you what “breast reconstruction” is, hopefully you can provide some sort of answer (if you can’t, take a look around our blog). Some of you can probably even give really lengthy answers that come straight out of scientific journals and include complicated comparisons of the various autologous flaps and types of available implants. Others might stick with, you know, “making new...

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01 Mar 2016
Breast Cancer Recurrence: Will the Breast Cancer Come Back?
in I'm Taking Charge - Life After Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Recurrence: Will the Breast Cancer Come Back?

Unfortunately, as you have probably already faced and realized, there are no guarantees when we discuss breast cancer. Your breast surgeon will remove all visible and known cancerous tissue, but there are not tests to detect the small clusters of cancerous cells that have not yet grown into tumors. Occasionally, one or a few of these cells do survive surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. The fact...

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27 Feb 2016
Rachel Desantis’ Story – Thinking Through Breast Symmetry
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Rachel Desantis’ Story – Thinking Through Breast Symmetry

When facing a mastectomy, can you justify cutting off a perfectly healthy breast for the sake of breast symmetry? Breast cancer involves an overwhelming number of decisions, from which breast surgeon to entrust your treatment to which treatment will give you best potential lifelong outcome. For so many women, thoughts of breast reconstruction get shoved to the back burner. For Rachel, however, early advice regarding...

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15 Feb 2016
Breast Implants: A Closer Look
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Breast Implants: A Closer Look

From the moment you begin considering breast reconstruction, you will be faced with a bewilderingly large array of reconstruction types. In the past, implants were less popular than autologous reconstruction options (using a woman’s own tissue to recreate the new breast). Partially that was because from 1992-2006,  silicone implants were removed from the U.S. market, leaving women with only saline implants as an option. As...

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09 Jan 2016
Congress Says Breast Cancer Patients Deserve to Know About Reconstruction
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Congress Says Breast Cancer Patients Deserve to Know About Reconstruction

BREAKING NEWS: With bipartisan support, Congress has passed the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act of 2015!!! President Obama has already signed this new act into law.   Whether or not you are politically interested or whether you’ve participated in breast cancer advocacy, the passing of this law will mark a moment to be celebrated by every person who has ever known someone who has gone...

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22 Dec 2015
The Breast Cancer Bill of Rights
in I'm Taking Back - Breast Reconstruction Options

The Breast Cancer Bill of Rights

  • Right to lifetime coverage – So long as you choose to remain insured, you're insured. According to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), your health insurance cannot place lifetime dollar limits on your coverage. Your health insurance also cannot drop you because you get cancer or any other sickness. According to the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA), your insurance likewise cannot remove you from a plan when you choose reconstruction surgery...
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04 Sep 2015