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Woman’s breast cancer survival story reminds importance of self exams

A local woman openly takes us through her very personal story of finding and beating breast cancer.
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“I was lying in bed reading and, for whatever reason, I felt a twinge and reached over and did a squeeze and felt a really big lump. So, that was three weeks from doing a self-exam and feeling nothing to feeling a really large lump,” she remembers.

That lump would change everything.

Susan was quickly diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

“Horrified. I was terrified. It’s a very frightening diagnosis,” she says. Her first instinct is to get rid of the cancer with chemo and then with a double mastectomy.

“Whatever I could do to live was the only thing that was important to me,” she says. But at the same time Susan methodically considered her treatment options.
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“Then you start thinking, ‘Well, why shouldn’t I look as good as I can?'” she says. That’s how she ended up at St. John Hospital with plastic surgeon Dr. Melek Kayser. Susan decided on a lesser known option called fat grafting, or moving the fat from one part of her body to another.

“We create the entire breast mound from a patient’s body fat,” Dr. Kayser explains.

First there’s liposuction, then that fat is processed and injected.

“I was lying in bed reading and, for whatever reason, I felt a twinge and reached over and did a squeeze and felt a really big lump. So, that was three weeks from doing a self-exam and feeling nothing to feeling a really large lump,” she remembers.

That lump would change everything.

Susan was quickly diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

“Horrified. I was terrified. It’s a very frightening diagnosis,” she says. Her first instinct is to get rid of the cancer with chemo and then with a double mastectomy.

“Whatever I could do to live was the only thing that was important to me,” she says. But at the same time Susan methodically considered her treatment options.

“Then you start thinking, ‘Well, why shouldn’t I look as good as I can?'” she says. That’s how she ended up at St. John Hospital with plastic surgeon Dr. Melek Kayser. Susan decided on a lesser known option called fat grafting, or moving the fat from one part of her body to another.

“We create the entire breast mound from a patient’s body fat,” Dr. Kayser explains.

First there’s liposuction, then that fat is processed and injected.

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