Our mission at ITC is to help women navigate through their breast cancer journey. In many cases, the journey includes choosing whether or not to reconstruct. To help with this choice, we offer stories and informative articles. Today is Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day. Organizations all over the world are participating by holding BRA Day events. So we’re highlighting some of our most popular stories and articles that are related to breast reconstruction.


Favorite Stories

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Here are our most popular stories about breast reconstruction. The first one is by Janet Gerlach. Janet had a preventative double mastectomy. She chose DIEP Flap breast reconstruction, a type of autologous reconstruction.

Life After Breast Reconstruction: Janet Gerlach Shares Her Positive Story

Of course, not everyone chooses to have a mastectomy. Most mastectomy patients lose their breasts due to cancer that has already been diagnosed. This is what happened to Nancy Stordahl. We were blessed to have her share her story with our readers a few months ago. She states the obvious point that implants are not real breasts. She reiterates that she misses her breasts. Her story helps women to face the facts about this reality.

Bilateral Mastectomy Surgery, Seven Years Later: Nancy Stordahl Reflects

Our next one is an interview we did with Frannie Slagter. Frannie had complications that resulted from her procedure. Thankfully, everything ended up fine after she sought help from an experienced surgeon. “All I want is for someone to learn from my misery,” Frannie said, “Explore all the options and ask questions. It’s worth it.” NOTE: Some of the images in this story are graphic.

Necrotic Breast to Work of Art: Frannie’s Story

Another very popular story on our site is by Kelly Nemecek. She shares her positive experience with reconstruction. As with Frannie, Kelly’s advice is to be pro-active. She recommends seeking out a board-certified plastic surgeon with lots of experience.

After Mastectomy Surgery: Kelly Nemecek Shares the Second Half of Her Journey


Our Most Helpful Articles About Breast Reconstruction

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Articles About Insurance for Breast Reconstruction

Overall, our most helpful articles are those about insurance for breast reconstruction. Here are the ones that are most popular with our readers:

This one covers the basics like terminology and how health insurance works in relation to breast reconstruction.

Breast Reconstruction Help: Health Insurance Basics and Terminology

Our readers also really appreciate this one about the breast reconstruction laws by state. We try to keep it up-to-date. If you have any insights or new information for your state, be sure to let us know via email or in the comments section. Thanks!

Breast Reconstruction Insurance: Laws by State

Finally, we are grateful to have connections with several physicians and plastic surgeons. One of them Dr. Christine Ueno, recently shared her thoughts on breast reconstruction insurance in terms of what you need to know. She also explains how insurance coverage relates to whether or not women choose to reconstruct.

Breast Reconstruction Insurance: Physician Shares What You Need to Know


Other Helpful Articles About Breast Reconstruction

In addition to the articles about insurance for breast reconstruction, our readers have really appreciated the following articles.

The first one is about the things you need for reconstructive breast surgery. It includes both the physical things you need to have, in addition to some ways to prepare.

17 Things You Need for Reconstructive Breast Surgery


Our article about breast reconstruction after lumpectomy is also appreciated by our readers. Many people don’t realize that lumpectomy can also cause disfigurement. This article explains how breast reconstructive techniques can restore symmetry after lumpectomy.

Breast Reconstruction After Lumpectomy

If you’re looking for an overview, check out the next article. It covers the different types of procedures that are available, as well as different choices you might want to consider.

Breast Reconstruction: An Overview of Possibilities

Finally, our readers have also really appreciated our interview with Doreen Puglisi about exercise after breast surgery. Doreen is the founder of the Pink Ribbon Program. The Pink Ribbon Program helps women ease back into exercise after breast cancer, mastectomy, and breast reconstruction. Moderate exercise is the lifestyle factor most likely to prevent recurrence. So we understand why this article is so popular.

Exercising After Breast Cancer: Myths vs. Facts


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