Helping Women With Breast Cancer Learn about TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction

How this site can help in a difficult time

On October 8, 2008, I heard the words that made my world stop: “You have breast cancer.”

I had just turned 44 and my son had just turned 3.

Since my mom and aunt had both died of breast cancer in their 40s, I immediately thought of the worst.

After much consultation with several doctors, I decided to have a bilateral total mastectomy with TRAM Flap (transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous) reconstruction.

I found it hard to find accurate and easy to understand information on the web about this surgery, and it would have been helpful to hear about other women’s experiences in addition to what my doctors told me.

This site is my effort to share my experience with other women, and provide space for others who have had this surgery and other reconstruction surgeries to share as well.

No matter what course of treatment you and your doctor chose, I am sure you will find out that you are stronger than you ever knew.

I wish you the best in the journey and hope you will find humor, love, beauty, and many silver linings, even in these most difficult of times.

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