Teresa Kruse - Dr. Marga's May 2011 Mermaid of the Month

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Teresa Kruse

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in july of 07. After the first surgery,since my tumor was so large, it was recommended that I have 4 treatments of chemo followed up by 28 sessions of radiation. I feel that I have been most fortunate in having a series of wonderful doctors in my life. The chemo and radiation treatments went well. Because my tumor was so large, my radiologist really gave me strong sessions which served their purpose but left my skin very, very damaged.

I had difficulty in having the skin stretch enough to put in the implants. To complicate matters, I developed skin problems and had to be admitted to the hospital for 4 days of intensive antibiotics. After recovery, I eventually returned to work after being off for a little more than 7 months. My job takes me out the country for 3-4 days at a time, so until I completed the radiation, I remained at home.

A year after I returned to work, I flew with a gal who also had had breast cancer, she shared her journey with me and her subsequent discovery of Dr. Marga. I started the process with Dr. Marga's wonderful helper, Ashley. She made the paperwork, which is a necessary evil, so easy. I got to meet Dr. Marga two days before my surgery and she set my mind at ease. My questions were answered, I was reassured and ready for the process to begin. The surgery is mind boggling to me. to take one part of your body and build it into another part still astounds me. Dr. Massey is an angle of life. I felt like I was her only patient and the most important person. I tell you, that still touches my heart. I am forever grateful.

Today, two years after Dr. Marga's surgery,I am here to report that I am in fabulous health. I owe a great debt of gratitude to Dr. Marga and Ashley. I decided that although the scars and radiation burns have lessened, I no longer wanted to wait several more years for them to totally subside and have embarked on a journey in the the world of tattoo. I live right next door to a world class artist and he is transforming my body into a work of art. This art enhances Dr. Marga's great skill. One breast is an unfolding rose with branches of cherry blossoms extending from one shoulder to the other breast. Flowers a flowing. This may not be for everyone, but I love looking at my body now. Although they say beauty is an inside job, it does help if the outside matches, and today it does.

I have not wondered why me ever, but why not me. I don't see myself as a cancer survivor, but, rather a woman who has had cancer and has emerged stronger and more grateful for my life. I pass on the message that life hands us lemons sometimes, but I always have an option and I chose to make a "citron presse" which is a french phrase for lemonade.

Thank you Dr. Marga, for all of the help you have given us mermaids.

Much Love,
Teresa Kruse

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