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Published on Nov 5, 2015
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After skin cancer breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women and each year there are about two hundred thirty thousand new cases affecting moms, daughters, sisters, aunts and friends. A local woman is devoted to removing the scars of the disease. Helping women to feel whole again.
I have stage four metastatic breast cancer. In the beginning it meant death. You know you have to go through the process of grief, anger, and fear to get to that place of what am I going to do about this. A wife fighting for her life. My husband who I love so much use told me this whole time, my only job is to get well. My mother died at fifty years old. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 when I was thirty six. I had a bilateral total mastectomy with nipple removal and then reconstruction in 2005. A survivor, not only battling the emotional but physical scars of a disease most patients insist are usually suffered in shame and silence. It's private. This is a private matter. This isn't something that you just discussed publicly. I am coming forward because I want to help at least one woman. become whole or feel whole again. Loss of hair, eyebrows, plus severe scars serving as a vivid visual reminder of an illness both Michelle Brown and Michelle Tsiotsias would like to forget. I kind of disengage from my body. I didn't look at my breasts. I just stayed dressed. I eventually started to get depressed.
In hopes to free their bodies from the as aesthetic aftermath of chemotherapy and radiation, most of them they come here and they have they don't see nothing but scar. Both women booked appointments with micro pigmentation specialists Ruth Swissa. This is going to be the first time I'm going to see this. Ok hold on. I feel so whole. I feel like I did before I had my mastectomy. It’s incredible. She has a talent that gives us as women the ability to regain our femininity. To regain the things that cancer has stolen from us. The problem with the permanent make up and areola pigmentation process, Swissa says sometimes, is not covered by insurance. How to solve it? Both Michelle's suggest becoming an anonymous angel. Today is the best day ever. And you say why? Because we're in it. This is it. This is all we get, today. This moment is the best moment ever.
Now if you want to help or can become an anonymous angel and donate money for other patients just head to KTLA.com/ProblemSolvers.