CENTERVILLE — Tomorrow is Breast Cancer Reconstruction Awareness Day, and a local plastic surgeon’s office is celebrating its patients.
News Center 7′s Kayla Courvell spoke to a local woman who shared her story about about how reconstruction helped her in particular.
In March of 2020, as most of the world went in to lock down due to COVID-19, Angela Farley was preparing for a bigger battle–breast cancer.
“It was a whirlwind in the beginning…scared to death…scared, unsure,” Farley said.
Due to her family’s history with the cancer, she opted for a bilateral mastectomy and chose to do reconstruction surgery with Dr. Matthew Fox at the Plastic Surgery Institute in Centerville.
“Everyone that walks in is like a deer in headlights, they’re terrified of a cancer diagnosis and my job is to tell them most people do very well with breast reconstruction,” Fox said.
A year and a half later, Farley is at the tail end of her reconstruction.
“Cancer free, I feel good, feel real good, almost done,” Farley said.
Plastic surgeon Jason Hedrick said a big part of their job is informing patients of the process.
“It’s a lot of emotions, a lot of learning, we just try to guide them through that to help them make an informed choice,” Hedrick said.
Like different reconstruction options patients have, and that it can be done at no cost to the patient.
“Reconstruction is a covered benefit required by law for insurance companies,” Hedrick said. “My job to me is to make someone look in the mirror after all of this is done and say, I look pretty damn good.”
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, the Plastic Surgery Institute will be celebrating Reconstruction Day at their Centerville location.
There will be food trucks, music, raffles and more.
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