Becoming an Advocate for Breast Reconstruction

By: Courtney Floyd

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December 16, 2014

There is nothing like a supporting hand—especially one from someone who has had a similar experience. This hand can provide strength, hope, love, and care when you need it most.

At PRMA, we encourage the remarkable women who have journeyed through breast reconstruction surgery to be a Pink Lady Patient Advocate. These women are always available to answer questions or provide support to women interested in breast restoration surgery.

If you are interested in becoming a Pink Lady, please contact Courtney at [email protected] or you can fill out the application here.

Terri, completed her first stage of the DIEP flap only a few weeks ago. She wanted to share with others how important the support from her loved ones and from our advocates was to her during her journey to PRMA and throughout her surgery and recovery. Watch her story below.

You can also read Terri’s breast cancer story here. 

Learn More About DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction

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  • PRMA

    Dr Orchoa completed my surgery last year. I would be glad to help anyone about the procedure. I was very pleased with everything about how things were handled

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  • PRMA

    Thank you so much for your willingness to help others Linda! I will add you to our Pink Ladies team!

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  • PRMA

    Add me to the “fan club” and the Advocate lists! All of the clinical staff have been awesome. Dr. C. has been the most genuine, honest, caring physician I have dealt with in a long time along this journey. As a mom of 11, a wife, a health care provider, and a nursing instructor, I had been used to having some semblance of control- Cancer took a lot of that away. The confidence in my body, especially gained from the ability to breastfeed my children for well over 24 yrs total was also taken away. It was like a betrayal. After the bilateral mastectomy, physical empty spaces were left on my body, while other areas (my abdomen!) grew as a result of chemo and steroids. My balance was gone, my weight increased, neuropathy developed, not to mention all the other side effects chemo and radiation give us. Having a DIEP flap reconstruction has filled some of the empty spaces- literally- and restored a little balance. Something as simple as a recommendation to add more protein to my diet has helped some of the extra weight come off (still a work in progress!). I have just completed phase 1, and though of course nothing is like it once was, it is a whole lot better than before. We traveled to San Antonio from the Rio Grand Valley and I would recommend the same to anyone I meet., despite hotel bills and overnight stays. Thank you Dr. C. You and PRMA rock! (P.S. Thank you too Courtney! Your help has been invaluable!)

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  • PRMA

    Thank you for your kind words Nancy! I will add you to the list smile

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