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Restored Breast Sensation: Breast Reconstruction

TerriCouteeby Terri Coutee, Breast Cancer Advocate


I am a patient who has restored breast sensation after breast reconstruction.  As a patient advocate who educates and speaks to hundreds of women and men about all options for breast reconstruction I am aware that many who choose breast reconstruction experience numbness and a variety of new sensations in their reconstructed breasts.


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World Cancer Day 2017: A few words from Terri Coutee

TerriCouteeby Terri Coutee, Cancer Survivor, Advocate


World Cancer Day 2017 is a global movement in the fight against cancer.  How, might you ask, does that fit into my wheelhouse of educating about breast reconstruction options after mastectomy?  Yes, mastectomy!  And there is your answer.  Every person I engage with on social media, each patient I talk to about planning a course of action to reconstruct their breasts, the research and education I seek to understand and share revolves around those who have had or will be having a mastectomy because of breast cancer or a high likelihood of getting it due to a BRCA gene mutation.  My engagement through my Foundation work involves those individuals who have chosen the profession of plastic surgery, oncology, radiology, and breast surgery to serve those individuals affected by breast cancer.  It is a community that spans the globe.


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October Series: Breast Cancer Awareness Month


terricoutee2“Breast Cancer Connections: My personal relationship with the month of October”


by Terri Coutee


Do We Need to Clean up the Pink Washing of October?  There are many people who believe, and rightfully so, that we need to clean up our pink act this month.  The colors of fall bring warm hues of golden leaves, orange pumpkins and bronzed evenings that turn cooler as the season changes.  Pink has also edged into those October colors as well to symbolize Breast Cancer Awareness month.


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Hidden Costs of Traveling: Breast Reconstruction Surgery

TerriCouteeby Terri Coutee, Living with Cancer, CKN Advisory Board Member


No one knows the hidden costs of traveling for breast reconstruction surgery more than the patients themselves.  I just returned from recent fat grafting as part of my own DIEP flap breast reconstruction. The costs are fresh in my mind and I feel it is an important topic to write about.


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A Mother and her Sons

TerriCouteeby Terri Coutee, Living with Cancer, CKN Advisory Board Member


I was encouraged to write a blog about a mother and her sons by a friend of mine who began reading my blog about a year ago.  I have avoided it until now not because I didn’t want to write it but I knew the complete emotional fortitude it would take for me to pen my feelings about my two sons.  Mother’s Day will be celebrated soon.  I love Mother’s Day because of my sons but writing this blog is appropriate each day I am a mother to these two amazing and imperfectly perfect men.


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Cancer Narratives: Relationship Changes


Using scientific research as a springboard for discussion, CKN is distilling this research into practical narratives that will improve the quality of life for patients and offer deeper understanding and connection for physicians.  Please join this Doctor-Patient conversation about relationship changes after a cancer diagnosis.


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