Mary's Story Salt Lake City

“Part of beating breast cancer is feeling like you are the same or better than before you were diagnosed. For me, it was important to have my own tissue used in breast reconstructive surgery. I didn’t want foreign objects permanently placed in my body. I didn’t want to carry the scars of cancer.

I appreciated that Dr. Ferguson listened to me. He is passionate about the work that he does and is completely meticulous in getting the very best possible outcomes. He walked me through all of the options that were available to me and then he helped me choose a surgery I was comfortable with.

I appreciated that I was unconscious during most of the “sad part.” In other words, I was able to have the mastectomy and the DIEP breast reconstruction in one surgery, so I never had to see myself without my breasts. By the time I woke up, I felt like I was already on my way to healing.

My advice to other women is to look far ahead to where you really want to be in 3 to 5 years. While a DIEP procedure may take a little longer initially, it offers some pretty remarkable outcomes. Now when I get up in the morning and step out of the bath, I look good. I feel whole. And, I know I really did beat breast cancer.”