Comments made by a breast reconstruction patient

I distinctly remember my first visit with Dr. Dumanian.  I was 6 months post-treatment for Inflammatory Breast Cancer, I felt emotionally and physically defeated and I was pretty sure there wasn’t much that could be done about the way I looked.  I think normalcy was as much as I felt I could possibly hope for.  However, Dr. Dumanian’s reconstructive expertise has far exceeded my expectations.  I’m pretty sure I can now say I look better than I did before breast cancer!  When I researched who I would choose as my plastic surgeon I noticed that Northwestern described him as having a “caring and attentive” bedside manner.  I couldn’t agree more.  During my initial exams I think I cried more than once and he always sat with me and always leaned in on what I was saying, like it mattered to him that I heal both physically and emotionally.  I traveled to Chicago for my care and he has always made himself available for questions and concerns following surgery.   I have three small children and they love to see the transformation of their mom.  I remember after my last procedure when my daughter said “wow mom, you look pretty!”  I never thought I’d hear that after breast cancer and here I am….and I believe it!  I really can’t tell you how much I appreciate you Dr. Dumanian!