Woman's Family History with Cancer Leads to Double Mastectomy

Playing Life after a Double Mastectomy

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Liz's family, including her mother, aunt, and grandmother, all battled breast cancer. Her family history and the discovery of a lump in her breast led the mother of seven to have a double mastectomy followed by a breast reconstruction.

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"The thought of putting my kids through that. The possibility of not being there for them one day, that is what motivates you, that is what drives you. I knew I needed to start being more proactive," she shares.

This journey took Liz to the Pink Lotus Foundation where she met breast specialist Dr. Kristi Funk, who performed BRCA gene testing on Liz and discovered she was positive. Liza says she was able to confidently decide to have the double mastectomy. Following the breast removal by Dr. Funk, plastic surgeon Dr. Ritu Chopra performed a reconstruction using cutting-edge self-inflating expanders.         

Joining The Doctors, Liza shares, "I just want to thank Dr. Funk and Dr. Chopra. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't have had this. I come from a very small town, so the option wasn't there for me for care." She says that the guidance and support provided by her medical team and the Pink Lotus Foundation was phenomenal.

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Dr. Funk explains that the goal of the Pink Lotus Foundation is to help women reduce and beat cancer and says the foundation provides free breast cancer screenings, diagnosis, and care for low-income, uninsured and underinsured women. She says often women are forced to decide between taking care of their family or paying for medical expenses and the foundation works to help these women not have to make that difficult choice.

More information about the Pink Lotus Foundation can be found here. Plus, for a chance to win the opportunity to go horseback riding with Sheryl Crow while helping to support the foundation, visit Omaze to make a donation.