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Survivor''s breast reconstruction is documented from beginning to end

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Back in 2007, Kentucky resident Megan Schanie discovered she had breast cancer. She documented her experience, from diagnosis to her treatment and eventual breast reconstruction, in articles published by The Courier-Journal.

In November of that year, Schanie got her breasts reconstructed after a double mastectomy, and her husband Cameron was there at her side, supporting her decision all the way.

"If she wanted to put them on her back, that would be OK with me," he told the newspaper, adding that he hoped that breast reconstruction might allow his wife to move on with her life.

The 32-year-old mother of two underwent extensive chemotherapy and radiation in an attempt to remove all traces of the disease from her body.

To show her appreciation for all the community support she received during her illness, Schanie helped found a group for breast cancer diagnosees under the age of 40, the news source reported.

Like many women who get a reconstructions, Schanie planned to have a follow-up surgery to create nipples in her resculpted breast tissue, and she told the newspaper that she would also pursue cosmetic tattooing to recreate her areolae.

Ungar L. Cancer survivor Megan Schanie gets breast reconstruction. The Courier-Journal. Nov 26, 2007. http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20071126/NEWS01/711260398/Cancer-survivor-Megan-Schanie-gets-breast-reconstruction Accessed June 10, 2011.

Ungar L. One year later, Megan Schanie's story of living with breast cancer continues. The Courier-Journal. Oct 15, 2007. http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20071015/NEWS01/710150395/One-year-later-Megan-Schanie-s-story-living-breast-cancer-continues Accessed June 10, 2011.

Extract: Back in 2007, Kentucky resident Megan Schanie discovered she had breast cancer. She documented her experience, from diagnosis to her treatment and eventual breast reconstruction, in articles published by The Courier-Journal.

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