PRMA Patients Share Their Experiences

Watch Angie's DIEP Flap Video Diary

If you are reading this, chances are you have been affected by breast cancer.  Whether your life just got thrown onto this unplanned path and you are facing a long year or you are part way through, you are probably searching for one of these stories to identify with and for one more piece of information that you can take away and feel just a little empowered.  That was me.  Here is my story. more about Angie Murray


Watch Tammy's Video

My name is Tammy and I was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) in June 2009.   I carefully and thoughtfully made the decision to have bilateral mastectomy with immediate DIEP flap reconstruction after spending a great amount of time researching all my possible options. I am very happy that I made this decision. more about Tammy

Watch Debbie's Video Testimonial

I was 38 years old when I had my first mammogram, a good baseline to start with.

In June 2011 my family relocated to San Antonio. Not knowing a single person and trying to get the family settled, I skipped my mammogram that year.  But, in October 2011, my mom delivered the news that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, DCIS, and would undergo a lumpectomy and radiation. more about Debbie Calvert, San Antonio, Texas

Watch Melanie's Video

My name is Melanie and I am writing this two weeks after surgery with Dr. Chrysopoulo at PRMA.  Like so many others, I feel so grateful to Dr. Chrysopoulo.  I’m so glad I came to San Antonio to do this surgery.  I feel great, and once my incisions heal, I’ll have no visible scars.  I love how I look, like myself, only better/”perkier." more about Melanie, Los Angeles, California

Watch Kathy's video.

I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Gary Arishita, Heather Waggoner and the PRMA staff. What a pleasure to be associated with them as a breast reconstruction patient.

After diagnosis, I went through chemotherapy, a single mastectomy then radiation. At every turn I was overwhelmed and so blessed by the level of care and compassion my various medical teams bestowed upon me. more about Kathy Friedrichsen

Watch Lisa's Video

After just spending 3 hours in a (non-cancer/surgery related) doctor's office, of which there was 8 minutes to see the assistant and 4 minutes to see the doctor, AND nothing came of the appointment, now I know why I flew 1500 miles to find the best. You look for the best doctors and you go there - simple as that. Find the best and go to the best! Go Dr C!! Go PRMA!! more about Lisa Layton, Jacksonville, Florida

Watch Amanda's Video

I am 25 years old and was diagnosed with stage I invasive ductal carcinoma on February 14, 2013. I didn't have a lump, but had nipple discharge which alerted me to go to the doctor. After deciding to have a double mastectomy I began to research my reconstruction options. I went to PRMA because many of my doctors and a family friend referred me there. more about Amanda Gawlik, San Antonio, Texas

Watch Rhonda's Video

"I just donated my prosthetic!" - Rhonda's Inspirational Letter

In 2011 I had two car accidents and three surgeries. The last surgery being a mastectomy to cure me of breast cancer. Because I had radiation treatments and a bleeding disorder, it was recommended that I wait to have reconstruction and just get through the healing process. It had been a nightmare of a year and I was exhausted. I had a huge hole in my chest and it felt like I had a hole in my heart as well. more about Rhonda Manee, Grand Junction, Colorado

Watch Michelle's Video

My name is Michelle and my story begins 20 years ago. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. When she was diagnosed again with breast cancer less than five years later I asked her to take the BRCA Test with me.

I worked for the Cancer Care Center at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles. They were offering free genetic testing to Jewish mothers and daughters during a clinical trial. My mother refused to participate stating that nobody had ever had cancer in our family before her. more about Michelle Coben, San Antonio, Texas

Watch Catherine's Video

The summer of 2010 begin like any other summer; registering the kids for summer camps, planning weekend getaways and having fun. Little did I know this would be the summer that changed my life forever! more about Catherine Lutz, Corpus Christi, Texas

Watch Paula's Video Testimonial

My name is Paula Lindsey and I am a patient of Dr. Chrysopoulo’s. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in April of 2013 and have learned that no two cases of breast cancer are alike and each woman has a very unique story. Mine is unique because I also suffer from a chronic autoimmune disease called lupus. Read more about lupus here. more about Paula Lindsey, San Antonio, Texas

I just completed the 2nd stage of a prophylactic double mastectomy with DIEP flap reconstruction, and I couldn’t be happier with my results or with quality of the care that I received during this entire process.  This was by far the hardest decision I’ve ever made, but finding the right doctor for me made all the difference; Dr. Chrysopoulo is the complete package, possessing top notch surgical expertise, emotional intelligence, and a deep humanity that is immediately evident. more about Béa Richards, California