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Katrina Smith is the Social Media Coordinator/ Patient Liaison at Midwest Breast and Aesthetic Surgery. She is a devoted wife and mother of four boys.
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The Skinny on Weight Loss After DIEP Flap Reconstruction

Category: Posted on: October 26, 2017 Updated on: August 2, 2023 | Author:

I decided to have weight loss surgery seven months ago, and I opted for the minimally invasive procedure called Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. I had a double mastectomy with DIEP flap reconstruction in December of 2014, and one of my biggest concerns following weight loss surgery was how it would affect my reconstructed breasts. Since DIEP... Continue Reading

My Experience at the FORCE Conference

Category: Posted on: June 23, 2017 Updated on: August 2, 2023 | Author:

Last week I had the privilege of attending the 10th annual FORCE conference in Orlando. FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) is an organization dedicated to helping individuals and families affected by hereditary breast, ovarian, and other cancers. Such as those who have a BRCA or other genetic mutation greatly increase their risk of these... Continue Reading

The First Cut is the DIEPest

Category: Posted on: April 18, 2017 Updated on: August 2, 2023 | Author:

Until you are in the position where you must decide on which type of breast reconstruction you want or what type is best for your body and individual situation, you probably never realized how many options there are. While breast reconstruction can never mimic natural breasts completely, there is an option that comes quite close.... Continue Reading

The Cost of Peace with the Burden of BRCA

Category: Posted on: January 26, 2017 Updated on: August 2, 2023 | Author:

The costs of having a BRCA mutation are not just financial, but also physical and emotional. At this time, there are basically three options for a woman who tests positive for a BRCA or other known HBOC (hereditary breast and ovarian cancer) mutation. The first option is to do nothing. The second is to monitor... Continue Reading

Reconstruction Shaming & Why It’s Not Okay

Category: Posted on: December 8, 2016 Updated on: August 2, 2023 | Author:

Women in today’s world are, unfortunately, subjected to all types of shaming. Sometimes it is “Mommy Shaming” for the way they choose to feed their baby, how their baby sleeps, or whether they choose to work or stay at home. Other times it may be “body shaming” for how much they weigh or what they... Continue Reading

Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day

Category: Posted on: October 23, 2016 Updated on: September 12, 2023 | Author:

BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) Day was on October 19th, 2016. I had the privilege of attending the BRA Day event hosted by the Pink Ribbon Girls Organization at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. PRG received a grant from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) to host a BRA day event. This is an excellent... Continue Reading

The Other Side of My Story: A Husband’s Perspective

Category: Posted on: July 28, 2016 Updated on: August 2, 2023 | Author:

Women facing the decision to have a double mastectomy come from many different directions and they also come from many different relationship statuses. Some have been through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, some have tested positive for a genetic mutation that puts them at a significantly increased risk of developing breast cancer, some have both.... Continue Reading

What I Gained From What I Lost

Category: Posted on: June 27, 2016 Updated on: August 2, 2023 | Author:

When I found out that I had a BRCA1 mutation and chose to have my ovaries and breasts removed to decrease my high risk of a future cancer diagnosis as much as possible, I had no idea that I would gain so much more than I was losing. I lost some friends. Whether they didn’t... Continue Reading

Specialists are Special

Category: Posted on: June 2, 2016 Updated on: August 2, 2023 | Author:

Plastic surgeons who specialize in breast reconstruction are a special breed of people. Most surgeons do work that is never seen after they finish, they go in and repair what has gone wrong, and then the work is completely hidden underneath the closed skin. The work of a general plastic surgeon will be seen, but... Continue Reading