Straight Talk: Breast Reconstruction Recovery
We often talk about breast reconstruction surgery, but fall short on discussing the recovery process. Join us on October 18 in recognition of Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day for our Straight Talk: Breast Reconstruction Recovery Twitter Chat to discuss the many issues surrounding recovery including healing time, pain, weakness, range of motion, look and feel and much more. Our panel will share strategies and tips for what you can do to positively impact your breast reconstruction recovery.
Use #LBBCchat to follow and join the chat.
Alaina Newell, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT-LANA
Alaina Newell, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT-LANA is a board certified women’s health clinical specialist, a certified lymphedema therapist, and an oncology rehabilitation specialist. Dr. Newell has worked extensively with a variety of reconstructive surgeries for breast cancer. Read more.
Sage Bolte, PhD, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, CST
Sage Bolte, PhD, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, CST, is a certified sex therapist known nationally for her work in sexual health and cancer. She is respected as a leader in the field of oncology social work. Read more.
Minas Chrysopoulo, MD FACS
Minas Chrysopoulo, MD, is a board certified plastic surgeon and microsurgeon specializing in breast reconstruction. He is president of PRMA Plastic Surgery Center for Advanced Breast Reconstruction in San Antonio, Texas, chief science officer of C&H Scientific, Inc., and the creator of the Breast Advocate App. Read more.
Claire Spera was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer at age 27 in February 2014. She currently works full time as the director of communications and patient care coordinator for the plastic surgeon who did her breast reconstruction. Read more.
Claudia Chavarria was diagnosed with stage I, grade 3 breast cancer last August. She did four rounds of chemotherapy, and had a bilateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Read more.
Terri Coutee has had breast cancer twice, and had a successful DIEP flap breast reconstruction in December of 2014. She is currently the founder and director of the nonprofit DiepCJourney Foundation, which supports women and men across the globe with information about breast reconstruction options after mastectomy due to breast cancer or gene mutation. Read more.
Tracy Brown has the PALB2 gene mutation and was diagnosed with DCIS, stage 0 breast cancer, in January 2017. She had a double mastectomy and reconstruction in May 2017. Read more.
Angelique Collins has been active in the breast cancer community in Stuttgart, Germany since her diagnosis. She has been active in various breast cancer efforts, but she says “none have had the broad reach and ability to create an informative and interactive experience for survivors as well as LBBC.” Read more.