The Start of my Breast Cancer Journey
From the second I was told I had breast cancer I believe I had the best experience a woman could have had under the circumstances — attended by 2 breast care physicians and a nurse — one of them holding my hand at all times. I was in my mid-fifties.
About my Surgery
At the Breast Reconstruction Center of New Jersey, I didn’t have to lift a finger to make this surgery happen, no phone calls, no arrangements, everything was taken care of for me in this one complete facility. The first operation was to rid my body of the cancer and place temporary tissue expanders, the second operation to take out the tissue expanders and give me wonderful new breasts. Both surgical procedures went perfectly.
The magical (yes, magical) moments from the minute I stepped into the Breast Reconstruction Center of New Jersey were totally comforting. From the person at the front desk, to the nurse who spoke to me and then the anesthesiologist who came to talk to me right before the operations, I felt like I was in a spa. I was ensconced in a very comfortable chair, in a warm robe and warm slippers, just like I would wait for a massage in a spa. When I was led into the operating area, where I was the sole patient (BRC only does one operation at a time), I had never seen such a clean, I’d say sparkling clean, healthcare environment. I’d often been to visit people in top hospitals in other upscale suburbs around the country and in New York, and never did I see any room as clean. It even smelled good and we all know sterilizing cleaners can leave a bad smell.
About my BRC Physicians
The care and treatment I received at BRC/NJ made me feel like a queen from both the breast surgeons (Dr. Nancy Elliott & Dr. Marcie Hertz) and my plastic surgeon Dr. Valerie Ablaza. As an aging Baby Boomer, my permanent “new” chest is better than I had before! I look better in clothes and I’m “perky.” Best and most important of all, I’m cancer free. I didn’t need drugs, chemo or radiation.