Age 51 at diagnosis (1996)
Age 52 in photo (1997)
I had a needle-directed biopsy followed by a mastectomy. An expander was inserted at the time of surgery. I had an implant, plus the construction of a nipple and areola, at the time of my second surgery six months later when the expander was removed. After reading Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book, I was confident about my decision and certain of my choice of treatment.
At first I sometimes avoided looking in the mirror; but, as the expander was filled, I was really pleased with the results. If I had to do it over again I would do it the same way. I would definitely recommend this type of plastic surgery for others.
Before the surgery I was worried, but confident that the surgery would be successful; I was relieved and thankful that everything went well.
Photos courtesy of Show Me (2nd Edition), A Photo Collection of Breast Cancer Survivors' Lumpectomies, Mastectomies, Breast Reconstructions and Thoughts on Body Image, published by Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA. This book is now out of print.