In 1998, a federal law went into place that provides protections to patients who choose to have breast reconstruction in connection with a mastectomy. Even though the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA has been around for nearly 20 years, we are contacted far too often by women wishing they had the choice to reconstruct, or knew that they even had the option following their mastectomy. We always advocate that breast reconstruction is a personal choice. It's your body, and it's your decision, but we all deserve to know more about our options.
- If your lumpectomy left you with results that you are not pleased with, YOU can see a plastic surgeon to review your options for reconstruction?
- If you have a unilateral mastectomy, and chose to rebuild your breast, you can also reduce or lift the other to keep symmetry, if you wish?
- If you have a bilateral mastectomy, opt out of reconstruction, that a plastic surgeon can still help with scarring and any excess tissue that may have been a result of the procedure
That you have the option for your port to be placed in your arm, instead of your chest?
My plastic surgeon told me that, NOT my oncologist!
What is BRA Day?
I had the honor to be interviewed by Plastic Surgery News in their annual Breast Reconstruction Supplement to discuss these important issues about choice, and decision making, and highlight our incredible #CancerlandxAO New York Fashion Week show EXPOSED. We put 16 courageous individuals on the runway to show the world what breast cancer really looks like....with or without breasts. We are complete, we are proud, and we will stand tall together, as a united front, as we conquer this disease once and for all. It is with heavy hearts, we have already said goodbye to two of the #Magnificent16 already this year, as a result of metastatic breast cancer.
So to say I am humbled to stand next to so many supporters of AnaOno in the plastic surgery community, is not even touching on how incredibly thankful I am. Thankful that they not only continue to find innovative, and alternative options, and not just to reconstruct a breast that was ravaged by cancer, but also to find ways to keep us in tact, without having to lose a vital piece of our sexuality and identity.