Eighteen years ago, Patrice was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to have one breast removed during surgery. While surviving the cancer was her ultimate goal, living life with one breast was also a concern. "We live in a very breast-conscious society, and so losing a breast is very devastating," she says.
Undergoing another surgery for breast reconstruction was not something Patrice pursued because she was afraid the new breast would become a problem over time. "Good old Mother Nature is always pulling down on the side of the remaining breast and doesn't on the reconstructed side," Patrice says. "So, many times, these women end up wearing a [breast] prosthesis after the reconstruction."
The prosthesis available 18 years ago were heavy, uncomfortable and not wearable for everyday use, Patrice says. Today, breast prosthesis technology has improved dramatically and Patrice says companies like American Breast Care are to thank.