Karen Hoell shares her entire journey of breast cancer—from diagnosis to post-reconstruction—on her blog, “Ticking Time Bombs.” She is a mother, wife, and lover-of-life who originally wanted to keep her diagnosis private, but friends and family encouraged her to tell her story and let others know they are not alone. After researching dozens of facilities, she found the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery and underwent APEX Flap reconstruction. Karen candidly walks readers through her fears and triumphs during such a difficult time with the perfect mix of vulnerability, sincerity, and humor. … Read More

Three years after her mother died of breast cancer, Mackenzie Alleman was tested for BRCA1—a gene mutation that increases the likelihood of developing breast cancer by 87 percent and ovarian cancer by 53 to 57 percent. All of her research, preparation, and the repeated mantra, “knowledge is power,” couldn’t prepare Mackenzie for the reality that she was BRCA positive. She decided to undergo preventative mastectomy and turned to the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery. Although it was a difficult choice, she is thankful for the gift of taking her health into her own hands.… Read More

Jack Branch hosts the “Healthy Wealth Show” where he discusses the “valleys”—particular challenges—that are part of life. He and his wife Renee experienced a valley when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Jack refers to his guest on the show, Susan McMillan, as one of their “angels” during such a difficult time. Susan is a patient advocate for the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery. She shares her diagnosis story and the hope and healing she found at the Breast Center over 13 years ago.… Read More