“Happy 45th birthday, you have stage three Breast Cancer! Eight weeks of chemo and six and one half weeks of radiation are musts, and it is our recommendation that you undergo a double mastectomy.” Those were the words that made my heart heavy with fear of a life-long deformity and the possibility of death. However, at the same time, I was told I was young enough to be considered for reconstructive surgery. Although I saw a ray of hope, this was something I knew nothing about. Immediately questions appeared; what should I do, what would my family and friends think, should I give it a try or not? It was a decision only I could make.
Prior to surgery, I was referred to Dr. Mukerji and his staff for consultation, and it was there that I gained the hope I needed to persevere. I viewed many before and after pictures in his portfolio; I knew that I was in good hands. This preview gave me the confidence I needed to make the decision to proceed. He and his staff showed me the compassion necessary for me to stay positive throughout the seriousness of things to come.
I had hope because of the positive attitude Dr. Mukerji and his staff conveyed to me. He was able to start the reconstruction process during the mastectomy, and as soon as chemo and radiation were completed, reconstruction continued. I received inspiration to look forward to the weeks ahead and end results- results that would not be considered complete until I was 100% happy with the appearance. That was accomplished!
I am happy to say my 48th birthday is fast approaching, and I continue to promote the reconstruction process by showing examples of Dr. Mukerji’s fine work to many females at our monthly support meetings at Awaken Counseling Services. I have been recommending the professional services of him and his staff to anyone who is interested. If I can help anyone of you down the same path I have taken, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would love to share any questions or concerns with you. I continue to thank God for my health and the friendships that I have made with Dr. Mukerji and his staff with whom I am a person, not just a patient.
Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.