For the first annual Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day (BRA Day), singer-songwriter Jewel is teaming up with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) to educate and empower women in need of breast reconstruction. The official BRA Day was October 17, 2012, with events being held throughout the month of October to raise awareness for breast reconstruction options post mastectomy.
“It is such an honor to be a part of a campaign that will help improve the lives of women through education and awareness,” Jewel told Plastic Surgery News. “Cancer doesn’t discriminate, and women must do all they can to be their own health advocates. I hope that women will become part of this campaign by empowering themselves with information on this topic and gaining a better understanding of a survivor’s options for reconstructive surgery.”
As the national spokesperson, Jewel will perform a benefit concert on October 29, 2012 in New Orleans that will feature her new song “Flower,” which was written especially for breast reconstruction awareness.
Challenges don’t define her/
She is shaped by how she carries on/
Says this is her opportunity to decode/
Grow into the type of woman she wants to become/
And so with gratitude and the strength of humility/
She transforms pain into victory, digging her roots deep
Jewel’s passion for breast reconstruction awareness stems from her personal story of overcoming obstacles. When an unfortunate turn of events in her late teens left her jobless and homeless, she had to work that much harder to get back on her feet. “You learn a lot about yourself and your character from struggle, and overcoming that struggle really reveals parts of yourself you never even knew existed,” Jewel told PSN. “Just like your past, your struggle is part of you.”
Overcoming breast cancer is no doubt a liberating experience, yet many women who undergo mastectomy for treatment do not realize that removal of one or both breasts can have a significant impact on quality of life. In fact, 70 percent of women who are eligible for breast reconstruction surgery are not properly informed of their options, and only 20 percent of mastectomy patients actually choose reconstructive surgery.
If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, or is undergoing treatment, know that there are options available. Our board certified plastic surgeons are experienced breast surgeons who can answer your breast reconstruction questions and review your surgical options. To schedule a consultation, please feel free to fill out our contact form or call (972) 620-1700.
To learn more about breast reconstruction awareness or to attend a BRA Day event in your area, visit www.bradayusa.com.