Memphis Cancer Survivor Publishes National Study on Breast Reconstruction

Memphis Cancer Survivor Publishes National Study on Breast Reconstruction

Angelina Jolie's brave decision for a double mastectomy is causing many women to wonder what options are available for them. One Mid-South woman is using her voice on an international scale to let the world know there are options.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Angelina Jolie's brave decision for a double mastectomy is causing many women to wonder what options are available for them. One Mid-South woman is using her voice on an international scale to let the world know there are options.

Tamarin Lindenberg, of Memphis, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer five years ago. Then she took a genetic test that changed the course of her life. "I'm a BRCA 1 patient, just like Angelina," Lindenberg explains, "I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and 67 percent risk for ovarian cancer."

She had just been through cancer and chemo, and she did not want to risk it again. Lindenberg says, "I decided to have a preventative mastectomy, prophylactic, the same as Angelina, and I sought out the best of the best in order to go through that process with a feeling of beauty."

That feeling is what’s often forgotten when women in Lindenberg’s position are searching for answers. She traveled across the country and found pessimistic doctors who were not willing to meet the expectations of breast reconstruction that she believed were possible. "Physicians actually downplay the visual outcome for women and women feel guilty for expressing what is a core need and essential to our sense of femininity."

She found Dr. Pat Maxwell in Nashville, who was not only supportive, but an expert in the most advanced technology in reconstruction. Her mission now is to make sure no other woman has to go through what she went through.

Her website, Calieb.com, puts all the resources readily available, from the best physicians, to plastic surgeons, to restoration after cancer. She's also just published a book, a poignant, personal study of women across the country, their needs and desires after cancer. That can be downloaded for free from her website.

"The goal of Calieb is to build a comfortability with frank and candid discussions about body confidence, sexuality and the ability to move forward after cancer."

Visit calieb.com for more information.

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