I have a long history with breast cancer: my mother had been diagnosed before I was born, and I've always known that my risk was very high. I was finally diagnosed with the BRCA gene in 2004. By the time I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer for the third time in 2009 I was no longer a realistic candidate for another lumpectomy. What I needed was a bilateral mastectomy, and I was not a candidate for implants due to my previous radiation. I had made the decision to forgo any kind of reconstructive surgery when my surgeon recommended Dr. Chen. Although I was very, very anxious about the looming procedure. Dr. Chen was unfailingly supportive and confident. I was out of bed and walking the very next morning. The recovery was steady, and my new breasts are absolutely gorgeous. I spend a lot of time in front of the cameras and in the public eye, and the surgery couldn't have come at a better time. I love the results, and Dr. Chen was a steady, positive, supportive presence throughout the procedure and the follow-up period. I could not be happier with my reconstruction surgery, and I highly recommend it to any woman who has had breast cancer or who is at very high risk.
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