Explain reconstruction to adolescent girl?

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Question from Karla: I have finished chemo and radiation treatment. I have begun the breast reconstruction process. Are there any issues unique to my 13-year-old adolescent girl?
Answers - Joan Hermann I think moms should explain to their 13-year-olds that some women want reconstruction so that they can kind of feel whole again, while to others it doesn't really matter. "I've decided I need to do this for myself, so I can feel like me again."
Marisa Weiss, M.D. You may also suggest to your daughter that you think it would be fun if she went out shopping for underwear with you. Again, look for opportunities to have fun, to balance out these serious conversations. Tonight, we are talking about many tough issues, but there really is room for growth in your relationship with your children that can be a very special, meaningful, and joyous experience.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Kids and Mom's Breast Cancer featured Joan Hermann, L.S.W. and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about talking to your kids about breast cancer.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in August 2000.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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