Breast Cancer Survivor Stories
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I cannot begin to express my gratitude and support for the entire staff of Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery. I can honestly say that every experience I have had there was beyond my expectations. I was originally referred by my surgeon in the whirlwind of a breast cancer diagnosis. The wonderful staff got me in the same day my surgeon determined I needed a mastectomy to allow my husband, who was leaving on a business trip, to participate in my first consultation. I am sure I looked like a deer caught in headlights as I had only learned a few hours before that I needed a mastectomy, and knew nothing about my options for reconstruction. From the moment I walked in, the staff was so warm and compassionate. I was a bit uneasy about going to a plastic surgeon’s office, but I instantly felt comfortable and welcome. Every option, question and concern was answered to its full extent in my initial consultation. We finalized our decision and began scheduling that day. The staff did an incredible job of managing the needs of my family, the doctors and the hospital to schedule surgery in just over a week. I think back now to all of the insurance company roadblocks leading up to my bi-lateral DIEP Flap Reconstruction, and I still can’t believe that my wonderful patient coordinator was able to coordinate all of the necessary parties and ensure that my procedure would be covered. I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it felt to know there was some semblance of order in an otherwise out of control situation, and that I was on my way to putting my cancer diagnosis behind me.
From the first appointment and surgery, it was clear to me that Dr. Chris Williams and Dr. Jeremy Williams knew exactly what they were doing, and I was so thankful that this technology was available to me in Denver. Not only were their credentials impeccable, but they really seemed to understand what I was going through and helped me overcome my concerns and fears. Almost as important as their skill levels, both doctors and each of the nurses were incredibly personable. To be honest, it is not the most comfortable feeling to have your breasts examined regularly, but I soon felt comfortable because everyone was so great about talking with me and diverting my attention from the matter at hand.
All of my procedures related to my breast reconstruction went wonderfully. I always felt that I was well informed about the procedures and my expected recoveries, and I felt the doctors and staff had my best interests in mind. I recall waking several times at odd hours in the days and nights following my initial surgery to find Dr. Chris checking on me, when most doctors would have been home enjoying their families. It is this level of personal service and caring that sets Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery apart.
In summary, I would wholeheartedly recommend Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery for breast cancer patients, or any patients for that matter. Quite honestly my breasts and stomach look much better than I could have ever imagined, and I have met a number of incredible people throughout this process. I have referred a number of friends to the practice and they too have had wonderful experiences. My most heartfelt thanks go out to the doctors and staff at Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery for taking what started as a terrible situation and turning it into a fabulous experience given the circumstances. I hope you all know what an incredible difference you make in people’s lives!
I was diagnosed with infiltrating ductal and infiltrating lobular breast cancer. Upon learning that a mastectomy was my best chance to survive, I was counseled to consult plastic surgeons right away in the event I would choose breast reconstruction at the time of the mastectomy. It was all moving very fast, but I knew I had decisions to make. After visiting with several area plastic surgeons, I had emphatically decided not to undergo breast reconstruction. Then I met Dr. Christopher Williams and Dr. Jeremy Williams.
When I heard that there were two doctors performing new, state-of-the-art breast reconstruction procedures, I reluctantly scheduled yet one more plastic surgery meet-and-greet to find out if there was a stone I’d left unturned. Upon leaving the Williams’ office, I began considering breast reconstruction for the first time.
They sat with my partner and I for over two hours and, using a DVD designed to educate patients, explained in detail the procedure they recommended. They carefully and candidly answered all of our questions. I was impressed that they each shared their personal reasons for choosing to specialize in breast reconstruction: the plastic surgeon’s road less traveled. Within less than a day I had decided I wanted the DIEP flap breast reconstruction and we scheduled it.
It happened that during surgery, the doctors discovered that I had the perfect vascular anatomy for one of the rarer new techniques called the SIEA flap. The procedure is rare only because a very small percentage of women have the vascular anatomy it requires. It is also a less invasive surgery and results in a bit shorter recovery time. The Williams’ ability to discover this rare anatomy, alter the surgical plan in the moment, and forge on to perfectly perform a very rare procedure is a testament to the focus, the impeccable attention to detail, the confidence and the skill that these doctors embody.
Dr Chris and Dr Jeremy are not only brilliant surgeons with a rare combination of advanced micro-surgical skills; they are kind, empathic, and respectful humans. While I know I would have continued to love my body with or without breast reconstruction, I am very pleased with my decision and with the results.
After having a bilateral mastectomy, I was looking for options for reconstructive surgery. I was told about the DIEP Flap procedure. When I met with Dr Jeremy Williams and visited with him about the procedure, I was totally convinced for many reasons, the DIEP Flap was the best way for me to have breasts again. When Chemotherapy and Radiation were finished and I had time to heal, both physically and emotionally, my DIEP Flap was scheduled. It is a very long surgery. I’m not going to lie to you, it’s a very big deal. They tummy tuck part of it was sore.
After finishing with the surgery, I thought, I don’t need nipples. I was wrong. I needed them to change my flaps, to breasts. When it was time, I also had the nipples tattooed. I’m so glad I did. Now I feel complete. I feel my life can go on and the nightmare is truly behind me.
I would also like to add, Dr Williams and the staff at Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery are the best. They are all very professional and caring.
In December of 2010, after having a digital mammogram and two biopsies in my left breast, I was diagnosed with “In situ Carcinoma”. My cancer was stage “0” because of the early detection. However, since I had to have a biopsy in two different areas of my left breast, a lumpectomy would not have left my breast intact.
After talking with my breast surgeon and oncologist, and my husband, I made the decision to have a bilateral mastectomy as I did not want to take the chance of cancer occurring in my right breast at some future date. After making that decision, I was referred to Dr Jeremy Williams and Dr Christopher Williams at Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery.
From the moment I walked into Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery, I know I was in the right place. The first time I met Dr Jeremy Williams, I was impressed with his expertise in breast reconstruction and also his mission to allow a woman who is faced with a mastectomy to look and feel normal after such a radical surgery. I had a DIEP Flap reconstruction, which used tissues from my abdomen to form new breasts. From the moment of surgery throughout the recovery process, I had the best of care from Dr Jeremy Williams and Dr Christopher Williams and their entire staff at Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery. During my follow-up surgeries, again, I had the best of care. My husband was present at almost all of my appointments and was made to feel welcome and comfortable as well.
I am very pleased with my results and I would not hesitate to refer the doctors and staff at Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery to anyone who is faced with breast cancer and the decision to have breast reconstruction surgery
“You have Breast Cancer”…. Those are the words that both frightened and devastated me and my family on that July day in 2009.
I began researching my options by reading anything and everything on breast cancer and reconstruction, both books and internet. I talked with women who had gone before me down this long and scary journey. I quickly realized that there were 2 big parts to this process 1) the mastectomy and 2) reconstruction I knew I did not want to put anything foreign in my body so implants were out. I also did not want to face the scars and concave chest each day in the mirror. As far as I knew, those were my only 2 choices. No doctor had told me about any other option!
Then one day while researching on my computer, up popped DIEP flap reconstruction. I was intrigued with the process and thought it sounded like the right choice for me. But the article stated that there were only a few doctors in the USA doing this procedure. I was thrilled when I Googled DIEP Flap/DenverCO and saw that Dr. Jeremy Williams and Dr. Chris Williams were teamed up to do this procedure. After consulting with both of them, my husband and I were confident to proceed. Fear gave way to hope. I had a gifted surgeon to remove the ugly cancer and two brilliantly skilled doctors to restore my feminine appearance (and a tummy tuck as a bonus!) Almost two years later, I know I made the right choice for me. Was it easy? No—but, with hope, determination, the Drs. Williams and God’s Grace it was successful and all but a dim memory now. Life is Good!
I lived with physical and mental pain every day for years after being treated for breast cancer. I began to accept that the pain I went through every day was normal. I told myself that being alive was more important than regaining the breasts that I lost.
At the time of my bilateral mastectomy, I chose reconstruction with silicone implants. Eight years later, on my 42nd birthday, I went to my family doctor in severe pain. After numerous tests, my doctor discovered that I had a ruptured silicone implant. My family doctor referred me to Dr Christopher Williams and Dr Jeremy Williams for a consultation.
Dr Christopher Williams and his wonderful staff educated me about all of my reconstructive options, including DIEP Flap reconstruction. Soon afterwards, Dr Christopher Williams and Dr Jeremy Williams performed the 12-hour DIEP Flap reconstruction surgery. The pre-and post- surgical support from both doctors and the entire staff at Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery provided was phenomenal.
Words cannot express the gratitude I feel regarding the amazing gift Dr Christopher Williams and Dr Jeremy Williams have given me through the DIEP Flap reconstruction procedure. Because of the transformation they have given me, I now look forward to each new day. I am no longer in pain, and I feel amazing every time I look in the mirror at myself and see a beautiful “whole” woman looking back.