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Stories of Mastectomy and Reconstruction: Peggy

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Peggy Johnson was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2009 after she became concerned about some dimpling in her left breast. She had six rounds of chemotherapy, then a double mastectomy with immediate implant reconstruction in May 2010. Listen to the podcast to hear Peggy talk about why she decided to have DIEP flap surgery when her implant ruptured, how keeping a journal helped her, and how she tries to be a resource for women diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Stories of Mastectomy and Reconstruction: Mimi

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Breast cancer was familiar to Mimi, even before she was diagnosed. Her mother has been diagnosed with breast cancer three times. She was treated with a double mastectomy, radiation and chemotherapy. Listen to the podcast to hear Mimi discuss how she made her decisions about surgery and reconstruction, the positives she believes breast cancer brought to her life, and what she would say to a woman who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Stories of Mastectomy and Reconstruction: Deidra

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A former pharmaceutical sales rep, Deidra is a 3-time cancer survivor. In 2014, she was diagnosed with hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer in two spots. She had double mastectomy and immediate DIEP flap reconstruction. Listen to the podcast to hear Deidra talk about why she was honored to share her story, what she would tell a woman who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and how she felt when she was relating her story on camera.

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Nipple Reconstruction

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Dr. Frank DellaCroce, or "Dr. D" as he has come to be known, is a founding partner of the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery and St. Charles Surgical Hospital in New Orleans. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. D discuss the benefits and risks of nipple reconstruction, the timing of nipple reconstruction, how nipple reconstruction has evolved over the years, how long the procedure takes and what recovery is like.

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Stories of Genetic Testing, Prophylactic Surgery, and Reconstruction: Mandi

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In 2013, Mandi decided to have genetic testing and learned that she, too, had a BRCA2 mutation. She decided to have a double prophylactic mastectomy and reconstruction using tissue from her tummy area. Listen to the podcast to hear Mandi discuss how talking about her surgery with her sister was both emotional and freeing, how it felt to see her reconstructive surgeon again after she was completely healed, how her sister’s experience helped guide her, and why family support is so important.


Stories of Genetic Testing, Prophylactic Surgery, and Reconstruction: Kerry

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In 2012, Kerry Osmond decided to have genetic testing and learned that she had a BRCA2 mutation. She decided to have a double prophylactic mastectomy and reconstruction using tissue from her hip area. Listen to the podcast to hear Kerry talk about how her family uses their experience to help others, how she connected with women who had similar surgeries on the Breastcancer.org discussion boards, and why talking to other women who had already had prophylactic surgery was encouraging.


Stories of Genetic Testing, Prophylactic Surgery, and Reconstruction: Lorell

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In 2014, at age 48, Lorell Hornbrook decided to have genetic testing to see if she had a gene mutation that dramatically increased her risk for breast cancer. When her test results came back positive for a BRCA2 mutation, Lorell had already decided what she would do: a double prophylactic mastectomy and reconstruction using tissue from her tummy area. Listen to the podcast to hear Lorell talk about why she never hesitated about participating in the videos, the type of research she did after she got her genetic test results, and the advice she would give to women in a similar situation.


Breast Reconstruction Techniques and Revisions

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Dr. Frank DellaCroce, or "Dr. D" as he has come to be known, is a founding partner of the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery and St. Charles Surgical Hospital in New Orleans. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. D discuss the advances in reconstruction that have happened in the past decade, what microsurgery is and why it’s so specialized, the most popular breast reconstruction options, and how he assesses a breast reconstruction that a woman is unhappy with.

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