Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Patient Stories

  • Michael Kostic

    Michael Kostic

    Michael Kostic considers himself very lucky to be alive. He had retired in 1999 at the age of 61 from his job of 34 years as a toll collector on the New Jersey turnpike. Between the auto emissions and smoking cigarettes, he knew that there was a good chance cancer was in his future.

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  • Kathy Petrozelli

    Kathy Petrozelli

    Breast cancer was always in the back of Kathy Petrozelli's mind. Her mother was treated for both breast and ovarian cancer. Knowing that family history raises a woman's risk of these cancers, Kathy had a mammogram every year since she turned 29.

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  • Diana Robinson

    Diana Robinson

    In the 25 years that Diana Robinson has been with her partner Jan, they've shared everything - a love of gardening, social and family time, as well as boating at their New Jersey beach home. Cancer was not supposed to be on that list.

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  • Jill Scheetz

    Jill Scheetz

    At the age of 37, in 2002, Jill Scheetz was just getting back into shape after the birth of her two daughters. She considered herself to be physically active and a healthy eater. "My only vice was a caffeinated iced tea almost every day," shared Jill. Although it doesn't sound terrible, her doctor recommended she stay away from caffeine because she had a benign tumor which was removed from her breast when she was 18. When her left breast began to hurt, Jill made an appointment for a mammogram (it had been 5 years since her last one).

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  • Tijuana Smith

    Tijuana Smith

    In the summer of 2007, Tijuana Smith was busy caring for her 3-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son while keeping down a full-time job. When she had time, Tijuana also helped her younger sister care for their father who was battling cancer for the third time. Little did she know, her own battle with cancer was just around the corner.

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