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The Debate Over Reconstruction

USA Today, March 16, 2014
Vickie offered her perspective about the benefits of reconstruction in a recent article in USA Today.

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Victoria St. MartinTwo years ago today, life, as I knew it, changed forever.

“There’s ductal carcinoma in your left breast,” was first thing the doctor said.

The next words that came out of her mouth were: “It’s breast cancer.”

She said it, I know now, to eliminate any confusion, to clarify the meaning of that scary, clinical word “carcinoma,” to make sure that I didn’t have any doubt about the challenge that lay before me. But at the time the words felt harsh, cold, and hollow – like someone was doing their best to break my heart.

I was 30 years old.

And I just been diagnosed with a disease that nearly everyone told me I was too young to have.

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Raising Awareness

Victoria St. Martin featured on
Breast Cancer Awareness Month has gotten off to a fast start for Vickie, who’s featured in two online profiles of women who have been diagnosed with the disease.

The Young Survival Coalition began a month-long series of daily profiles of women on its Web site with Vickie’s story.

Vickie is also featured as part of a series on

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Young Women Can Get Breast Cancer, Too

"Young Women Can Get Breast Cancer, Too" in the October issue of Inside Jersey

“Young Women Can Get Breast Cancer, Too” in the October issue of Inside Jersey

As I pack for my final round of chemotherapy, I wonder how in the world I ended up here. I had always thought that turning 30 would be a milestone, bringing a host of pivotal life changes. And, in a way, I guess it has.

Since hitting 30 late last year, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, had a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction, had a few eggs surgically removed to protect them from the poisons used to treat cancer, had a few dozen lymph nodes taken out and, of course, eight rounds of my chemo cocktail.

I still strive to feel like any other woman, even though my hair has yet to grow back. My best friend tells me on a daily basis that I saved my own life.
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