PRMA Patients Share Their Experiences

Watch Rhonda's Video Testimonial Here

Diagnosed: May 6, 2014

Triple Negative Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

Cancer…..It’s amazing what one word can do to your life. One six letter word, and your world begins to spin and your life takes a 180 degree turn. I describe it as if “I actually felt time moving. I was in slow motion and the world was moving around me.”  Those of us who have received this diagnosis -- we understand the feeling. more about Rhonda Totten

My mother was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 44. She died in 2011, after an 18 year battle with breast cancer that slowly but surely metasticized to her brain, liver, and other organs. Though my mother tried her best to make the most of her 18 years of survival, much of her post-diagnosis time and energy were spent getting used to one medication or another, visiting doctors, undergoing surgeries, recuperating from surgeries, applying for medical trials, and anxiously anticipating various test results. more about Dvora Koelling


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 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