"As the mother of four boys, we are an active family. We enjoy skiing, mountain biking, and just having fun. In May 2008, I was diagnosed with invasive ductile carcinoma. I immediately had a lumpectomy, and then 4 rounds of chemo followed by 5 weeks of radiation. Though the lumpectomy really changed my shape and size, I decided that I wouldn’t do any type of reconstruction.
Then in May 2010, I was again diagnosed with ductile carcinoma on the same side. This time I was determined to go as far as I could to remove the cancerous tissue and elected to have a double mastectomy. This time, I also looked for breast reconstruction options.
I consulted with several physicians and I am so glad that I found Dr. Ferguson. He is amazing. At first I was nervous about the scope of the DIEP procedure and chose to go with expanders during the mastectomy, with plans to replace them with implants at a later time. Dr. Ferguson was very committed to allowing me to choose but informed me that the implants may not work because of the radiated tissue. While we were in the process of gradual expansion preparing for implants, the incision on my radiated side would not stay closed and wouldn’t heal. So, I made the decision to undergo bilateral DIEP surgery.
The surgery went well for me and wasn’t nearly as tough as I had worried that it might be. I left the hospital in 4 days, and have continued to recover quickly. During this entire process I have been so impressed with Dr Ferguson. It is clear that he loves what he does. He knows what he is doing, pays attention to detail, and cares about his patients.
I already look and feel so normal and I am very happy with the results. The DIEP procedure spared my core muscles so I can continue to be active with my family. I hope that other women who are faced with breast reconstructive surgery will know that they have options, that it is okay to ask questions, and that the most advanced treatments are available right here in Utah. My experience was better than I could have imagined."