Many women undergo mastectomies as part of their breast cancer treatment plan or to prevent the onset of breast cancer later on. But mastectomies, or the removal of one or both breasts, are only one step in the process toward total healing for women who have breast cancer or are at a high risk of getting it.
These days, more and more women are opting to undergo breast reconstruction as the final step toward healing.
It’s easy to see why. After all, removing the cancer is only one goal for cancer patients. The other? Feeling whole, feeling like your healthy, beautiful self once again. Indeed, most patients who have undergone a mastectomy due to cancer cite feeling more confident and more complete after receiving breast reconstruction.
There are many reasons for this, and each woman’s individual reason for undergoing breast reconstruction will be different. Some feel that they are less feminine without their breasts, and want to restore their sense of womanhood. Others will only feel as if they’ve truly beaten cancer until their bodies look and feel like they did before the treatment. Still others simply enjoy the look and feel of their breasts, and want to recapture their sensuality.
In other words, for many women breast reconstruction after a mastectomy is a powerful step toward feeling whole again.
Of course, it’s important to remember that reconstruction isn’t for everyone. Some women will choose not to do it, and that’s a decision to be respected. The decision to undergo additional surgeries, even breast reconstruction, should not be taken lightly under any situation.
Here’s where we step in!
At the AiRS Foundation, we advocate on behalf of breast cancer patients to receive the knowledge and help needed to live full lives during and after breast cancer. We provide grants for breast reconstruction to women who cannot afford to get the procedure. Because this is such a powerful step toward healing, we want to ensure that every woman, no matter their financial situation, can get this option if they so choose.
If this is YOU or a loved one, consider applying for a grant today! It’s easy and it will make an enormous difference.
Help breast cancer survivors by making a donation today! Every penny makes a difference in the life of a woman with cancer.