Breast Reconstruction Stories - Breast Reconstruction Awareness

Reconstruction Stories

Breast reconstruction: implants, DIEP flaps, TRAM flaps, fat grafting… There are so many! We want to move from the ever-growing list of possibilities to look at the real lives and experiences of women who’ve lived out your breast reconstruction options. We hope the brave experiences of these women will inspire and inform you as you sort through the pros and cons of your own options. Read these stories, share them, and tell us yours. If you (or someone you know) would like to share your own reconstruction story with us, contact us at the bottom of the website, because we’d love to hear from you! We believe breast reconstruction awareness springs from our willingness to share and communicate our experiences with each other.


Following Her Gut: From Diagnosis to Reconstruction
01 Feb 2016

Following Her Gut: From Diagnosis to Reconstruction

Karen Bennett’s Story What happens when you feel something’s not right, but your doctor tells you it’s nothing to worry about? And this goes on for two years? You take charge! In 1995, when Karen Bennett was 35 years old, she took advantage of a free baseline mammogram offered during Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the hospital where she worked. The results were fine, and...

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How One Globe-Trotting Grandmother Faced Her Breast Cancer
30 Dec 2015

How One Globe-Trotting Grandmother Faced Her Breast Cancer

From Diagnosis to Reconstruction   Sometimes society holds stereotypes, imagining the quiet, meek woman who slowly falls ill with frightening diseases like cancer. We rarely expect the active, fit, and healthy to show up as sick. Yet, Vicki Lucas reminds us that breast cancer is not limited by lifestyles or stereotypes.   Living on the outskirts of Salt Lake City, Utah, Vicki is a busy...

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Brook Kwalick’s Story — Diagnosis to Reconstruction
14 Dec 2015

Brook Kwalick’s Story — Diagnosis to Reconstruction

Brook Kwalick bravely recounted her story from breast cancer diagnosis to treatment and on to reconstruction through a DIEP flap. She offers a wealth of wisdom to women early in their diagnosis. Kwalick explains how she first began down the past to reconstruction, “My surgeon said to me, ‘Have you thought about reconstruction?’ I was like…You’re dealing with so much, unless someone tells you, ‘Have you...

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Woman Intimately Recounts Diagnosis and Controversial Decision
12 Nov 2015

Woman Intimately Recounts Diagnosis and Controversial Decision

When one woman, brave enough to anonymously share her story, was told she may have ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) in 2001, she understood the implications. Her mother had just received the same diagnosis. In fact, in the following weeks as she walked accompanied her mother through her mother’s mastectomy and treatment, she was all the while wondering if she too had cancer and would...

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17 Sep 2015

Dagmar Herbstreuter

I had a nagging suspicion something was wrong when I felt a lump in my right breast, though I have no family history of breast cancer. My official diagnosis came on March 13, 2013 and turned my life upside down. Never having experienced such agony before, the only way I could describe it to my husband was that my soul hurt. What I recall of...

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