Dr. Marga is a board certified Plastic Surgeon with additional training as a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. She is the Founder of the National Institute of Lymphology and serves as a Medical Advisor to the Norton School. Dr. Marga promotes the the highest standard of lymphedema care for surgical patients nationwide.
Andrea's Story - Dr. Marga's January 2009 Mermaid of the Month
My Dear Dr. Marga, how do I thank someone that has given me back a normal life? Someone who has literally granted me the miracle of once again being a female?
For four years now, I have been fighting this disease that has stolen my life, my soul, and the very essence of who I am. The toll has affected me both physically, and most importantly, emotionally.
The reconstructive surgeons in Tampa gave me little hope of regaining a female physical appearance. One doctor even left a gaping hole in my chest. As my life fell apart, I slipped into a deep depression. I gave up hope of ever enjoying life again. I spent more time trying to simulate breasts than I did fixing my hard-to-control hair. Living became a day- to-day struggle of survival. I avoided developing a relationship, and even sabotaged each attempt to do so.
Then, I found you and started my journey to reconstructing not only my body, but also my will to live, since there were times that I just wished I would die. And, I would have gotten that wish if you hadn't found additional cancer during the reconstruction. You literally saved my life!
It's been a lonely, arduous trek to regain what I have lost. You have given me the desire and confidence to finally develop a relationship, and even engage in intimacy.
I will never be able to adequately thank you for what you have done for me. In addition, your team members, Jill and Jenny, have also provided considerable support and patience as I struggled through this ordeal. Please tell both of them how much I appreciated their putting up with me.
I foresee one more surgery, as I watch my body getting closer and even better than it was before this crisis. Then, you will no longer be a part of my life. But, you will always be with me in my heart until the day I die. You are my guardian angel.
Have a wonderful well-deserved holiday vacation. Convey my thanks and happy holiday wishes to your staff.