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Kim: A Whole Woman After Breast Cancer Treatment and Reconstruction

Kim talks about her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment

Kim talks about her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment

I always knew it would happen, but I didn’t know when.  Both my maternal grandmother and my mother fell victim to breast cancer.  I had been having annual mammograms since age thirty-one, the year my mother was diagnosed.  A few ultrasounds and benign biopsies kept me hopeful, but before Christmas 2002, at age 46, my mammogram revealed two small tumors in the right breast.  A needle biopsy confirmed the diagnosis.   Oddly enough, I had been helping a close friend deal with her recent breast cancer surgery.  We became each others’ support system.  I truly believe our paths are planned for us–could this be why while working at a local hospital five of my co-workers were battling this disease?  I felt I was in the right place at the right time.  I was confident that I had the best support system and the best physicians.   Dr. Elizabeth Steinhaus (my breast surgeon) and I clicked instantly.  A wonderful person and surgeon with a straight-forward personality and a true concern for her patients.  I trusted her with my life.  Dr. Diane Alexander, my plastic surgeon who performed my TRAM reconstruction, is an angel from heaven.  A kind and devoted physician with an artist’s hands, she transformed me into a whole woman.  I didn’t have to live with the disfigurement that my mother and my grandmother had to endure.  I am so pleased with the results.  Even after four rounds of chemotherapy, with the kindness of Dr. Janice Galleshaw I have never felt like a victim.  I try to live a healthy lifestyle and always keep a positive outlook, a key to living with cancer…  My family has been supportive and motivates me to continue to beat this disease.  I pray this cycle ends with me, so my daughter may be spared.  I feel I am an inspiration to my breast cancer patients.   They feel more at ease undergoing surgery knowing that after hearing my story, they too can live a long healthy and vital life.