"One of my best friends prompted me to perform a thorough breast exam…and I can honestly say she saved my life." Michelle Silberberg shares her Stage 1 breast cancer diagnosis, which occurred at age 42, only four months after a routine mammogram did not detect Michelle's cancer. Michelle calls on women to become their own best advocates, perform thorough self-breast exams and encourage the women in your life to do the same, "You will feel it, you will get it checked out and you will catch it before it's too late," she says. Read more about Michelle's story in the Fall 2012 issue of The New You-Inside & Out.
"Cancer. It happens to other people… then it happened to me." Becky Dennington's breast cancer diagnosis occurred at age 35. Becky began blogging to work out her feelings about her cancer diagnosis and treatment and help others. Two years later, Becky is the published author of Me and the Big C. "I am stronger today than I have ever been. I am happier today than I ever been. I am really awake and alive for the first time in my life and I am more grateful that I ever could have imagined… because of the cancer and because I fought the battle of a lifetime." Read more about Becky's story in the Summer 2012 issue of The New You-Inside & Out.
"Cancer is devastating... However, once you have it, your life changes forever and some good things, even great things, can definitely come out of it." Angela Cobb didn't let her breast cancer diagnosis stop her from living her life as a young mother to a 16-month old, wife and business consultant. Now, three years later, learn more about Angela's survivor story as she shares her battle with breast cancer, her efforts to support cancer research, the 3 most important things she learned from her experience and how her family has grown from 3 to 4. Read more about Angela's story in the Winter 2012 issue of The New You-Inside & Out.
"Breast cancer does not scare me." Three years ago, Erica Griffin—30-years-old, wife and mother of 3—was shocked to learn she had Stage 3 breast cancer. Erica and her oldest son, Tyler, share their family's inspirational survival story as they rely on faith, family and fitness to see them through their ordeal.
Today, Erica is cancer free and has started a non-profit organization, Lending a Hand, to assist other cancer patients. Read more about Erica & Tyler's amazing story in the Sept/Oct 2011 issue of The New You-Inside & Out.
Survivor Lisa Crites Uses Her Experience to Help Others
After undergoing a bilateral mastectomy, in which both breasts were removed, Lisa Crites thought she had been through the worst. Then her doctor told her she would not be able to shower for several weeks, due to post-surgical drains which had been placed in her chest after surgery. Those drains, commonly known as JP drains, cannot get wet, and if they do, patients have an increased chance of infection due to the bacteria in water.
Lisa was surprised to discover no garments were available to protect her surgical drains, so she took matters into her own hands.
To learn about more about Lisa's story CLICK HERE to download a pdf of the article, or visit her website at www.theshowershirt.com
After a mastectomy or lumpectomy there are many ways to renew how you look and feel after cancer related surgery. The tissue expander is the most common technique used to reconstruct the breast following a mastectomy for breast cancer.
How a tissue expander works is that the expander is placed under the chest muscle and gradually inflated to create space for a more permanent implant that looks natural on your body. Breast reconstruction is a process and offers its own advantages and disadvantages but the tissue expander is shorter and less complicated than other reconstructive routes.
To learn about more breast reconstructive options check out the July 2011 issue of The New You-Inside & Out!