Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Losing a breast changes your life...getting it back is life changing.

I had the opportunity to chat with a remarkable woman at the YSC Conference. Her name is Alisa Savoretti and she is a breast cancer survivor with a mission. Like most survivors, Alisa's life was forever changed after her diagnosis. She heard the words "you have breast cancer" at age 38, while working as a Las Vegas Showgirl without medical insurance. -Deb

Alisa gained media attention, billing herself as "the Lop-sided Showgirl". She returned to work as a dancer only 5 months after finishing chemo, minus one boob. 2 years later, she had reconstruction. This quote from Alisa says it all..."I realized how my own self-esteem, confidence and self worth as a woman returned when I could look in the mirror and see my whole physical self once again - it was my healing, a rebirth and a godsend."

Her own personal experience prompted her to found My Hope Chest. MHC is a non-profit organization that provides the funding for reconstructive surgery to women who have survived breast cancer but are lacking insurance or the financial means to gain their desired reconstruction.

There is currently a waiting list of worthy women hoping to undergo reconstructive surgery. To find out how you can help, to make a donation or to fill out a patient application, please visit www.myhopechest.org. If you're on facebook, help spread the word by becoming a fan and sharing My Hope Chest's story. I did this morning. It's grassroots foundations like MHC that can truly help to make a difference in the quality of life of others.

2 comments:

  1. This is awesome! I have a whole new view of showgirls now.

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