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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Healthy Wealth Show: Giving Hope to Women in Valley of Breast Cancer: Susan McMillan

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….

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Peggy’s Journey

After being diagnosed with invasive lobular breast cancer in 2011, Peggy underwent chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, reconstruction with implants, and radiation….

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The Washington Post’s The Lily Details Mackenzie’s Reconstruction Journey

When Mackenzie’s mother passed away from breast cancer, she decided to get tested for the BRCA gene. She was just 28 years old, but she knew the test would help her understand her risks. In this post from The Washington Post’s The Lily, the first U.S. newspaper for and by women, she details her mastectomy and reconstruction recovery process. She has since become an adamant supporter of genetic testing and being your own advocate when it comes to receiving the health care you deserve….

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Mackenzie’s Genetic Testing and Breast Reconstruction Journey

After years of seeking multiple physicians for testing for the BRCA gene and exploring her breast reconstruction options, Mckenzie found the Breast Center in New Orleans. Dr. Blum, Dr. Ordoyne, and our entire team worked with her through her DIEP Flap breast reconstruction. Learn about Mckenzie’s experience with the Breast Center and her journey to recovery through her blog….

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Breastoration

Two breast cancer survivors describe their experience from diagnosis to mastectomy. They speak about the tough decisions they made and the journey they took to restoring their breasts. The Breastoration organization also speaks about their commitment to providing funding, advocacy, and other support to ensure women have access to this life-changing surgery. Watch the video here….

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