Lisa Gillespie’s Story

One year ago, July 15, 2019, I packed my bags and headed from Toronto to New Orleans to the Center For Restorative Breast Surgery. Very excited that a surgery I had been putting off would be done…

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Caren Siegler

Being Fearless

Caren is not only a breast cancer survivor—she’s a thriver. In her blog post, “Battles, Scars, and Perspective,” Caren reflects on her journey and embracing her body’s transformation as a reminder of her battles. She shares intimate insight about what it truly means to love yourself and encourages readers to, “wear their scars knowing they tell your amazing story.” Our team at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery is thankful to be part of her story and the place where her solution was ultimately found…

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Jackie's Delayed Breast Reconstruction Journey

Jackie’s Delayed Breast Reconstruction Journey

I have started this post about 7 times. And deleted it. It was difficult to revisit those dark memories from 2016-2018. So, I did what I always do—talked it over with God and asked for His direction. He revealed to me this morning that I was viewing things from the wrong perspective. Yes, I have anxiety/panic-triggering memories connected to my bilateral nipple/skin sparing mastectomies….

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Karen’s APEX FlapSM Story

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. …

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Mackenzie Alleman’s Blog: My Genetic Test Came Back BRCA Positive — Here’s How I’m Coping

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….

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