“Things do look a little different…but it’s becoming my new norm. I’ve adjusted, I’ve accepted it, I’ve embraced it.”

Melissa G.

Melissa’s BRCA1 genetic mutation and family history of breast cancer weighed on her heavily. She balanced her risk of developing cancer with her desire to expand her family and breastfeed a second child. After her daughter was born, Melissa opted for a risk-reducing bilateral mastectomy. She then worked with the Friedman Center’s Dr. Perry to assess her options for breast reconstruction, ultimately selecting the DIEP Flap procedure.

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