I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in February 1990. I couldn't believe it when I heard those words, "you have cancer". I was scared, but at the same time I knew God would take care of me. I had no family history of breast cancer, so I asked myself how and where did this come from?

My general surgeon told me about reconstruction and referred me to a plastic surgeon. That was the best thing I could have done. I had a left modified radical mastectomy and a simple mastectomy on the right. My surgeon's staff provided education about reconstruction options after mastectomy. Because I was well informed, it made my decision a lot easier. I think every woman who has to go through this dramatic surgery should have reconstruction available, if she wants it.

I feel education is the key and its importance cannot be measured. When a woman is educated she is empowered, which gives her control and lessens the fear somewhat. Insurance companies should also be educated about the importance of reconstruction, which enhances the emotional, as well as physical recovery.

Thank you for this opportunity to express my strong feelings about this topic.

Sincerely,

Paula from Texas