Melissa’s Story: Breasts Don’t Define Me

Melissa learned she was a BRCA carrier after losing her mother and sister to cancer in short order. She chose to have a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy without reconstruction and believes that breasts do not define who she is as a woman. My mother was a breast cancer survivor. Diagnosed at age 64, she underwent chemo,Continue reading “Melissa’s Story: Breasts Don’t Define Me”

Kristin’s Story: Is It Worth It?

At age 31, Kristin was told her only option after her mastectomy if she wanted to keep her self-esteem intact was to reconstruct her breasts. Kristin experienced significant pain and post-operative complications from her tissue expanders, and her plastic surgeon installed much larger implants than she initially wanted. She was never comfortable, physically or emotionally,Continue reading “Kristin’s Story: Is It Worth It?”

“In Search of True Informed Consent” (Wildfire Magazine)

NPOAS VP Christy Avila tells us more about her article “In Search of True Informed Consent” that was published in the most recent issue of Wildfire Magazine

New Explant Brochure

Women Going Flat Need Support to Advocate for Their Choice. Those who are facing explant post-mastectomy are particularly in need of solid, concise and comprehensive information that they can use during their consult to ensure their decision is respected. That’s because these women are really looking at two procedures: explant AND flat closure, neither ofContinue reading “New Explant Brochure”