“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!

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