Illawarra breast cancer survivor Annie speaks with ABC Radio about her breast reconstruction experience, why she chose reconstruction and how she feels now. A must listen for anyone trying to make this difficult decision.
Listen to the audio below.
“As it turned out, I was not comfortable with a solo breast. Finding clothes to wear, worrying about people staring if I flashed my scar, or if the prosthesis was going to pop out, and it was a daily and constant reminder of the cancer diagnosis. I had no confidence, going out was a nightmare and I was a shadow of my former self”.
After many months of research and appointments with several health professionals (during which time she was given out of date information about what was available to her), Anne was finally referred back to her original breast surgeon and put in touch with a specialist reconstructive plastic surgeon who carried out one of the newer procedures available.
Her breast surgeon also put Anne in contact with breast reconstruction charity Reclaim Your Curves who were able to help Anne understand what to expect and connected her with other women going through the same process, making her feel less alone.
Anne’s story will be featured in an upcoming Breast Reconstruction Awareness event to be held at City Digger’s Club in Wollongong on Monday February 27 from 5.30-9pm.
The event, organised by Reclaim Your Curves, will also feature presentations by Dr Tony Palasovski, Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon and VMO at Wollongong and Shellharbour Hospitals, and Dr Adrian Sjarif, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, who has practices throughout Southern Sydney and the Illawarra.
The Event is free, and open to women diagnosed with breast cancer, their supporters and health professionals, but bookings are essential: www.reclaimyourcurves.org.au/breast-reconstruction-awareness-events.html