From the moment I was diagnosed with breast cancer and faced a possible mastectomy, I knew I wanted reconstruction. This response was out of my own sense of art, symmetry, and aesthetic. It was the same response I would have to a tooth extraction or the loss of any body part. It speaks of how I approach an environment that to me is visually out-of-balance.
How could I be concerned about something so superficial while facing cancer? Perhaps because I did not believe that I had the worst disease in the world. Princess Diana said, "The worst disease in the world is the lack of love." Mother Teresa said, "The worst disease in the world is to be nothing to nobody."
I live in the abundant love of God amid friends and family who express God's loving kindness. We are surrounded by survivors of all life's troubles and grief, surrounded by hope, peace, and joy. I saw the choice for reconstruction as only one of the endless ways to create beauty in my world. It was my
surgeon's sense of art and beauty and her respect for the female form that gave me the confidence to
pursue this path.