I know I’ve gotten busy/lazy about posting, but this is one I need to share this month :)
This is a shout-out to all of the incredible women that I have worked with over the past decade to help match their outer beauty to their inner beauty. You all need to know how fortunate I feel to have been a part of your lives.
Thank you for giving me the privilege of being your surgeon. For trusting me, for traveling far distances and fighting the 405 freeway to see me, for waiting in my office (but at least we have those good trashy tabloids, right?), for not giving up even when it seemed like you were never going to “get back to normal.”
We are all familiar with the variables that put us at an increased risk for breast cancer…age, family history, hormone use, smoking…but one thing I’ve learned is that, at the end of the day, it’s kind of a moot point.
Most of the women I’ve helped to treat have had no more risk factors than me. Many have been younger than me. When it comes to breast cancer, there is no “us” and “them.” Every year after my mammogram I say to myself , “Okay, I don’t have breast cancer this year.” Like my patients who had no risk factors, next year could be different.
None of us are “safe” from this crappy disease. But fortunately, with the therapeutic and surgical advances that are being made every year, breast cancer has become something that many women are able to live with and beyond.
Special thanks to those of you who were able to send us recent pics. It’s so nice for others dealing with the same “journey” to see how radiant you all are since you’ve left breast cancer behind.
So check out the cute photos of our “Lipo Queen Family” below :) We love you all!
This post is dedicated to Leigh Ann Zeinali, truly one of the most remarkable women I have ever known. Always with a positive attitude and a sense of humor, always getting everything she could out of life, even though it was all taken from her way too early. She still has an account on facebook where her friends and family can help keep her memory alive. We miss you Leigh Ann and think of you all the time. Thank you so much Gina Lorenzo for sharing with us one of the most awesome BFF pics ever! (though I would have loved to see those cartoons!) ;)