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Don’t Forget to Ask This When You Prepare for Mastectomy: Advocate Shares Story and Advice
23 Feb 2017

Don’t Forget to Ask This When You Prepare for Mastectomy: Advocate Shares Story and Advice

We’re so grateful to Terri Coutee for sharing her story and advice on how to prepare for mastectomy! Terri had a wonderful experience with delayed DIEP flap breast reconstruction. She now advocates for education on this topic. You can read more about her and her organization at the end of her story.   I’m a two-time breast cancer survivor who had delayed breast reconstruction. I...

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DIEP Flap Reconstruction: Jen’s Story
27 Jun 2016

DIEP Flap Reconstruction: Jen’s Story

A few days before Jen’s birthday in April of 2013, she was diagnosed with cancer in both of her breasts. Her husband picked her up, and they went home and cried, grappling with all the emotions a breast cancer diagnosis brings. At the time, their daughter was not quite 3 years old. As the shock lessened, Jen was determined to do whatever she needed to...

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Autologous Breast Reconstruction: A Closer Look
26 Mar 2016

Autologous Breast Reconstruction: A Closer Look

The decision to undergo breast reconstruction is a deeply personal one and for many women who are looking into autologous breast reconstruction, the process can also be confusing and daunting due to the number of possibilities that may be available. Autologous reconstruction uses a woman’s own body tissue to reconstruct a new breast and it creates a more natural-feeling breast. As with breast implants, this...

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Abdominal Flap Reconstruction Techniques Have Different Outcomes
23 Mar 2016

Abdominal Flap Reconstruction Techniques Have Different Outcomes

Deciding on an abdominal flap is often a time-consuming process. Clearly, you and your plastic surgeon will take into account your own preferences and individual medical needs when trying to decide. However, there’s an interesting new study that might be worth taking a look at it. In the past, there has not been much information available that compared the different types of autologous reconstruction options, such...

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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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