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Patient Testimonial: Bilateral DIEP Flaps

In 2001, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My first reaction was to aggressively attack this disease. That is what I did. The reality was that I would need a mastectomy and chemotherapy. I focused on finding the best treatment and fortunately I am cancer free now. The second part of this reality left me with one breast. It was a lot to think about. I tried to make all the plans and still feel in control of my life. The third reality, I am a single parent with three children and a full time job as a high school teacher.

I proceeded with surgery and treatment which included a breast implant. My feeling was I needed the quickest solution in order to manage my life. All went well except for the implant. I was miserably uncomfortable.

With some research, I realized I needed to revisit my plastic surgery plans. My life changed when I met Dr. Christina Ahn. After consulting, Dr. Ahn set up a plan to have my other breast removed and reconstruct with a free flap procedure. This procedure is very involved but with Dr. Ahn. I always felt confident I was doing the right thing. Somehow, I was not afraid anymore.

Dr. Ahn treated me as a person, understands who I am and what was best for me. Up to now, I was a cancer patient. Every visit she would ask about my children, my significant other, work and life in general. Dr. Ahn is an artist. She is a detail person. She designs, studies and creates. Dr. Ahn and her staff handled everything—insurance and recuperation needs. This procedure gave me my life back. The process seemed to flow. I felt whole again.

Now at 55, I can look in the mirror and feel like a women. ALL doctors that I have seen since my reconstruction including my oncologist comment on my reconstruction and want to know who the surgeon was. Once you meet Dr. Ahn you will understand what I am saying. She is talented and personable. I have recommended her to numerous other women who have had the same results.