The Patients of Courage: Triumph Over Adversity program honors reconstructive plastic surgery patients whose lives were restored through reconstructive plastic surgery and whose charitable actions influence the lives around them.
ASPS members nominate patients who carry an optimistic outlook on life and positively affect people around them, despite the difficulties of their reconstructive procedures. These extraordinary reconstructive plastic surgery patients are honored by ASPS at its annual scientific meeting.
2012 Patients of Courage
Five breast cancer survivors who have undergone breast reconstruction were honored at ASPS' annual meeting in New Orleans.
These inspirational women have used their experiences to help others facing breast cancer and mastectomy.
Dora Arias of Mountainside, N.J.
Overwhelmed with fear and consumed by darkness, Dora Arias fought breast cancer at age 39. It was a battle hard won, but in the fight she developed a passion to help other women with breast cancer. In particular, women who didn't have the same support she did. Fluent in both Spanish and English, Dora launched the non-profit Curémonos, which means healing together. Now in its third year, the organization reaches out to medically underserved women who experience more difficulty due to financial instability, language barriers and cultural differences. Arias was also named one of the Models of Courage for Ford's Warriors in Pink Program.
Danielle Beverly of Buford, Ga.
There is no good time to get cancer, but there are some times that are particularly bad. Danielle Beverly was just 3 weeks away from giving birth to her first baby when she learned she had breast cancer-for the third time. Well, Beverly survived to be a great mom and, as the wife of a former NFL player, she's leveraging her position to help other women fighting breast cancer. The Eric R. Beverly Family Foundation takes care of the economic and social needs of families of uninsured or underinsured breast cancer patients. Their foundation assists with treatment-related costs like co-pays, prescriptions, transportation and childcare.
Beth Borden-Goodman of Decatur, Ga.
"I'm not afraid of cancer. Cancer should be afraid of me." Beth Borden-Goodman has an alter ego - The Premiere Pink Diva - a joyful, confident conqueror who inspires the same. Beth is the former president of the Atlanta chapter of The Sisters Network, an African American breast cancer support organization. Her creative fundraising efforts, such as Pretty in Pink Breast Cancer Makeovers have garnered publicity for breast cancer awareness through local and national print and television media.
Gina Maisano of Oyster Bay, N.Y.
With a poor prognosis, New Yorker Gina Maisano was diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer just three days before 9/11. She actually saw one of the planes fly over her head. In the days that followed, Maisano watched what happened to the Twin Towers and said, "Those people never had a chance to fight, but I do."
The devastation of her diagnosis turned to determination. She authored The No Surrender Battlefield Guide to Fighting and Surviving Breast Cancer. This book, accompanied by her new online support forum and comprehensive website, provide answers to questions that newly diagnosed women might have. Maisano formed a non-profit known as The No Surrender Breast Cancer Foundation, which now runs the online resource NoSurrenderBreastCancerHelp.org. More recently, she wrote her second book: Intimacy After Breast Cancer; Dealing with Your Body, Your Relationships and Sex. In it, she takes a close look at sexuality and intimacy as breast cancer survivors shift their focus from battling for their lives to preparing for their future.
Kim Sport of New Orleans
Imagine being told you have breast cancer not once, not twice, but three times. It happened to Kim Sport, but she decided to fight. This petite but very tough lawyer from Louisiana resurrected an often overlooked law on the books that can benefit all breast reconstruction patients in the state of Louisiana and founded the charity aptly named Breastoration. It's a philanthropic partnership to assist and educate women contemplating surgical options following a diagnosis of breast cancer. A program of the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans, Breastoration provides educational resources to empower women nationwide at risk for, or diagnosed with, breast cancer.
3D Patient Education Animations
- Preview 3D patient-education animations, available from UnderstandPlasticSurgery.com.
- Free physician resources on a variety of topics, including health policy, advocacy and practice management.
Patients of Courage
- The stories of Patients of Courage honorees, reconstructive plastic surgery patients whose lives were restored through reconstructive plastic surgery and whose charitable actions influence the lives around them.
2011 Patients of Courage
- ASPS honored U.S. Marine Aaron Mankin, Dee Dee Ricks, Jamie Verdi and first full face transplant recipient Dallas Wiens at its annual meeting in 2011.
2010 Patients of Courage
- ASPS honored former Arizona police officer Jason Schecterle, breast cancer survivor Donna Creighton, Saydee Robinson and Marcus Engle at its annual meeting in 2010.
2009 Patients of Courage
- ASPS honored children's book author Abigail Hardin, Jane Escher, Udday Hattam and Janet Smith as Patients of Courage during its annual meeting in 2009.
Patient Stories: Reconstructing Lives
- Reconstructing Lives highlights state-of-the-art reconstructive procedures through compelling stories of unique patient experiences.
- Breast reconstruction may not be the right option for every woman, but for many, it is a life-changing procedure. The mission of BRA Day is to “develop and advance an internationally recognized day that promotes awareness and access to post-cancer breast reconstruction surgery."
- Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, or BRA Day USA, was created to raise awareness and educate women about her breast reconstruction options post-mastectomy (after removal of breast for cancer). Not only are there are multiple breast reconstruction options, but these options can be tailored to each patient’s particular cancer type, body shape and personal preference.
- Last week was quite a busy week in the public relations office of ASPS. Without much notice, came the revelation, shared by Angelina Jolie, that she had undergone prophylactic mastectomies and reconstruction due to her high risks of developing breast cancer. As you might imagine, this prompted a lot of attention for plastic surgeons and cancer surgeons alike. From where I sit, her sharing of her story was open, honest, and – well – courageous. But it has surprised me that in some of the press, there have been some very negative comments about what she has done or how she has shared this.
Patient Safety Resources
- The ASPS Patient Safety Committee has compiled these patient safety resources to assist physicians in clinical decision making.
Ambulatory and Office Based Surgery Center
- Resources for ambulatory and office based surgery centers
Operating Room Safety
- Resources to promote patient safety in the operating room
- Preoperative assessment resources to ensure proper patient selection
Patient Selection Resources
- Helpful resources when assessing your patients for plastic surgery procedures
Informed Consent Resources
- Informed consent and patient release resources
Plastic Surgery The Meeting
- Friday, October 10, 2014 - Tuesday, October 14, 2014
- Documents include practice parameters and insurance coverage criteria on breast implants, breast reconstruction, breast reduction and gynecomastia.
Key Issues in Plastic Surgery
- A range of papers on health policy and advocacy issues in plastic surgery, including cosmetic procedure taxes, dental scope of practice, emergency care, and professional liability.
2013 Patients of Courage
- ASPS honored five breast cancer survivors who underwent breast reconstruction and used the experience to give back to their communities. The awards were held in New Orleans.