October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a month to fight alongside those who are battling breast cancer, remember those who have been lost, and rejoice with those who have survived this deadly disease.
At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York, we are humbled and honored to have helped so many women reclaim their bodies after breast cancer through breast reconstruction surgery.
If you are a breast cancer survivor who had a mastectomy or is about to go through it, you will find the following stories quite inspirational.
A Three-Year Voyage with Breast Cancer
Christine knew she had to keep up with regular mammograms because six women on her father’s side of the family developed breast cancer. It’s a good thing she did because she ended up having an abnormal result. After a second mammogram, it was confirmed that she had breast cancer.
As a precaution, she decided to have a double mastectomy. The double mastectomy was immediately followed with breast reconstruction. In about a year, she went back in for surgery to reconstruct her nipples and have her implants replaced.
Now, she feels as though she is whole again. It took three years for that to happen. With the breast reconstruction surgery, she didn’t have to deal with daily reminders of her cancer and what it took from her.
“If You Think You’re Going to Die and Leave Me Alone…You’re Wrong!”
Cheryl received the devastating news that she had breast cancer seven years ago. As she broke down in her husband’s arms expressing her fear of dying, he told her that if she thought she was going to die and leave him to deal with everyone on his own, she was wrong. They both broke out into laughter and felt their strength well up for the fight ahead.
From that point on, she made it her mission to be proven wrong. After a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction, she was able to survive the cancer. She did not want to wake up from surgery with no breasts.
She is now ecstatic to have a normal life once again with a wonderful husband, children, and grandchildren to enjoy her life with.
Not Skipping a Beat
Getting chemo slows many women down, but that’s not the case for every woman. Colleen decided she wasn’t going to let breast cancer stop her life. At age 40, she was diagnosed.
Almost immediately, she received a mastectomy and breast reconstruction. She also had chemotherapy. During everything, she continued to live her life the best she could.
She continued to play sports, even if it meant she could only sit on the bench for most of the games. Cancer was not going to keep her from what she loved the most…living life.
The Beginning of a New Journey…Not the End of the Road
A breast cancer diagnosis can be devastating, but you can fight it and you can win. If your decision is to have a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery, we can help.
Please contact us for a free consultation to discuss your situation. We have plastic surgery centers in Commack, Long Island and Manhattan, NYC for your convenience. Our New York team consists of experienced doctors with highly-qualified plastic and cosmetic surgeons so you have the very best possible results.
To Living Life to the Fullest,
The Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team