This amazing story was written by a woman whose mother and sister were diagnosed with breast cancer within a year and a half.
Natalie Coloprisco writes “My family’s story goes to show that information may be the most important weapon in the fight against cancer. A normal woman goes for her first mammogram at the age of 40. If it weren’t for my mother’s diagnosis, my sister never would’ve gotten tested at 24.”
She goes onto say “My family and I are thankful for the doctors who helped us through this entire journey. My mother and sister’s breast surgeon, Dr. David Kaufman of Bethpage, and their plastic surgeon, Dr. Tommaso Addona of Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, have been more than amazing throughout this journey. Dr. Kaufman is a very compassionate and kind doctor who never makes his patients feel like just a number.
Dr. Addona is a perfectionist. He is very compassionate and understanding, and there is no problem too big for him to solve. He describes [my sister’s] post-recovery problems as being “small bumps in the road” that can be fixed. He was always very calm and soothing, no matter how busy his day might be.”
At 24 years old, Natalie’s sister, Lauren had been Dr. Addona’s youngest patient to undergo a double mastectomy and reconstruction. Both mother and daughter are now doing well. The other women in their family, including Natalie, are now aware of potential risks and the testing and options available to them that can help prevent this disease.
Knowledge is power, and early testing saves lives. Be aware of the genetic testing available, and do not put off going for routine mammograms.
Join Dr. Addona and Long Island Plastic Surgical at our annual free Breast Cancer Summit on November 2nd. It is our goal to educate the community and make women and their families aware of the resources and options available to them.
Read Natalie’s full article in the Long Island Press HERE.