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Life after breast cancer : knowing your options

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Four years ago, Stacy Ferguson was home with the flu, and saw a commercial that reminded her to give herself a breast exam. She found a lump. That lump turned out to be breast cancer.

"You don't really understand what you're going through until you hear the word chemo, and then you realize I have cancer. At that point, it was a little overwhelming. I had about thirty minutes of losing it, and then I pulled it together and decided I was going to face it head on," said Ferguson.

 But Stacy soon got good news. Her cancer was caught early enough she would not have to endure any chemo, but she would be faced with a tough choice.

 "I had one affected breast. I went in knowing that I was going to have both removed, because I didn't want to ever have to worry about it again," said Ferguson.

 She also knew right away she wanted to have breast reconstruction surgery

 "That was something I really felt like I really needed to do for myself, to give myself the knowledge that there was going to be a future," said Ferguson.

"You have to walk through it together, versus, me directing her one way or the other," said Dr. Michael Spann, Stacy's plastic surgeon.

 Dr. Spann has performed many other breast reconstructions. He says there are options, and many breast cancer patients are not aware of them.

 "It's important for everybody to know the spectrum, from doing nothing, all the way to the major reconstructions which are involved and a process of moving tissue from one place to another," he said.

 In Stacys' case, she used tissue expanders, followed by implants. A decision she doesn't regret, and she wants other breast cancer survivors to feel the same.

 "Look at all your options, and you don't understand, don't make the decision until you do," she said.

 For more information on breast reconstruction, click on the link. www.bradayusa.org.