In the late summer of 2006 I was diagnosed with Paget’s Disease. This is a rare form of breast cancer that affects the milk ducts beneath the nipple onto the surface of the nipple. My oncologist and primary surgeon both agreed that a full mastectomy was the best course of treatment. Thankfully, I was referred to Dr. Saul Berger, who performed a TRAM flap reconstruction. I could not have asked for a more skilled and kinder person to handle this procedure. After several months of recuperation, the swelling eventually went down and the bruising disappeared. A second surgery was later performed to reconstruct the areola and nipple. Once again, Dr. Berger is the only person I entrusted with my body.
I was extremely lucky to receive a clean bill of health after the first surgery. None of the cancer had spread and I was at level zero. In the months that followed I began wondering how my new breast would affect the wonderful world of dating. It’s not something I even considered beforehand, but now having a new lease on life, why not start living it? The issue of intimacy was now a real factor in my life. I was nervous about meeting someone and wondering if they would be able to tell that part of me was a little different. These thoughts actually kept me single for some time. Now, I can positively say that at least one member of the opposite sex had no idea that one of my breasts had been completely reconstructed and was none the wiser.
I thank God and the universe for sending Dr. Berger to me. I have done vast amounts of research before and after my surgeries and many of the post operative photos handled by other surgeons made me nauseous. Aside from a little scarring, I look at my body in the mirror and see no difference. I never imagined the results would be this perfect. Dr. Berger does incredible work, but more importantly, he truly cares about his patients.