I came to Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery in September of 2010 as a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient facing a double mastectomy. From my first phone call and thru my recovery, Dr Chris and company have made this year completely stress free. Dr. Chris and his amazing nursing staff helped me deal with and recover from my DIEP Flap and Chemotherapy. The DIEP Flap procedure gave me beautiful new breasts and a flat stomach. Dr Chris has an incredible passion for his cancer patients and his knowledge, patience, and techniques are second to none.
As far as the actual DIEP Flap surgery, it was much less traumatic and painful than I thought it was going to be. Dr. Chris had gone into detail about all the potential complications and I was so nervous going into surgery. Coming out of surgery was much easier than going in for me! The cancer was gone and I had new breasts all in the same day. The ICU and the extra day in the hospital was no big deal and I was glad to get home.
I cannot take pain medicine but the pain was very manageable. The only thing I despised were 4 drains in my breasts and stomach. My kids nicknamed me Medusa and I couldn’t wait to have them out! Through the next couple of months, Dr. Chris and staff became my friends! I also started chemotherapy so going to PMCS became something I enjoyed. They always said I looked beautiful even though I was bald! I also went to physical therapy and that was very relaxing.
Eight months later, I had a minor surgery in the office to get nipples and some fat grafting. One word of advice: Don’t wear those nipple protectors at the TSA screening because you will get stopped. I think they thought I had a bomb on my nipples! Two months later, I had my last treatment to get tattooed to have perfect breasts. During this year long process, I had no complications other than a small wound issue and now my breasts look amazing.
I have learned through this “journey” year that having breast cancer is not the end of my life. In fact, it has reenergized me and I feel like I received a new lease on life. So many people come up to me and complement me on how much better I look. I don’t want to tell them it was breast cancer and chemotherapy but I do tell them I received a new body because of Dr’s Williams and their team of nurses and support staff. I feel like Dr. Chris is Michelangelo and I was his sculpture!! Thanks for making this breast cancer survivor whole again.