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Bilateral Mastectomy Surgery, Seven Years Later: Nancy Stordahl Reflects
10 Jun 2017

Bilateral Mastectomy Surgery, Seven Years Later: Nancy Stordahl Reflects

Today we welcome blogger Nancy Stordahl, author of Getting Past the Fear:  A Guide to Help You Mentally Prepare for Chemotherapy, Cancer Was Not a Gift: A Memoir About Cancer as I Know It and Facing Your Mastectomy & Making Reconstruction Decisions. Nancy shares about her experience with bilateral mastectomy surgery.   A Quiet Remembrance It’s been seven years since my bilateral mastectomy. Seven years! As the date...

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11 Apr 2016

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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Double Mastectomy: Do I Cut Off the Opposite Breast?
13 Mar 2016

Double Mastectomy: Do I Cut Off the Opposite Breast?

Sometimes having many options makes decision making more difficult rather than easier. And deciding whether or not to undergo a mastectomy only on the affected breast, as opposed to both breasts, can be as vexing a decision process as any. Add to this the fact that your head is already spinning from a dozen other issues surrounding your diagnosis of breast cancer, and it’s a...

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

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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