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*From the “Breast Reconstruction Surgery After Breast Cancer in Elizabethtown, KY” Healthtalks Transcript*
Ashley Kerekes, MD, Reconstructive Surgery:
Here at Baptist Health Hardin, we have a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer treatment — all the way from diagnosis to treatment options and all the way through plastic and reconstructive surgery, which will complete their breast cancer journey.
Faith Bunnell, patient, Elizabethtown, Kentucky:
Once I had the biopsy, it was a couple days later that I got the call. They confirmed it was triple negative breast cancer. Of course, I knew immediately that I was going to have to have a double mastectomy.
For these breast cancer patients, it’s a lot. It sort of evokes, I think, a certain feeling of anxiety, and you feel unsure about yourself. When you’re talking to a woman about her breasts, I think it can be a very personal thing. That’s where I come in and let people know that I’m here with them on this journey. It’s going to take some time, but we’ll sort of get through it together.
I would tell somebody to take it day by day. It takes a whole new meaning to it. If at all possible, keep some humor in your daily life.
It’s a very special relationship—seeing them go through the battles that they’re going through and still trying to keep it all together. Being able to be part of their journey and see that from beginning to end, to really get to know these patients, has been one of the favorite parts about what I do.
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