#WorldTeacherDay: A Teacher’s Journey through DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction

#WorldTeacherDay: A Teacher’s Journey through DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction

Today is #WorldTeacherDay. This quote is taken from one website explaining the purpose behind this day.

The United Nations’ (UN) World Teachers’ Day celebrates the role teachers play in providing quality education at all levels.  This enables children and adults of all ages to learn to take part in and contribute to their local community and global society.

That is why I signed up for this profession. I was certain my years in the classroom would continue after I completed my M.Ed. by mentoring new teachers into this vocation.  I wanted classrooms to be filled with passionate, well-trained educators providing quality education.

A second breast cancer occurrence in 2014 changed my course a bit. I began a Journey through DIEP flap breast reconstruction. I put my education on hold after a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction seven months later. Little did I know the Journey would continue.

I knew today was #WorldTeacherDay. I knew I would be writing a blog. I read a passage in a publication from the Fall 2017 edition of Plastic Surgery News (PSN) magazine. It was dedicated to breast reconstruction.  I was asked to write an article for this edition. What I didn’t know was that my own plastic surgeon would be featured in an article just two pages before my article.

I read it with a full heart. He talked about the difficulties and joys of being a breast reconstruction surgeon. He spoke about the positive impact breast reconstruction has on the women who choose to have it after mastectomy from breast cancer. This part of the article truly gave me pause as he explained why he performs breast reconstruction:

Discussing potential results and showing patients their possible outcomes can be a huge help and often provided much-needed hope. I love seeing how far breast reconstruction has come and the results we can achieve.  Much more importantly, I love seeing what it means to them.  That’s what makes everything worthwhile. Seeing patients complete their journey is wonderful. Reaching the end of something is often a sad event but in this case, it’s very positive. It signifies moving on. ~ Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo

I realized after reading this part of Dr. Chrysopoulo’s article, I never completed my Journey. My wonderful Journey only began when my DIEP flap breast reconstruction was completed. The gifted hands of this microsurgeon inspired me to become an advocate to educate others about what positive impact plastic surgery can have after mastectomy from breast reconstruction.

I chose teaching as a profession. I stepped out of the classroom and into the world of patient advocacy because this compassionate man chose the profession of microsurgery and breast reconstruction. I continue to educate because Dr. C, as his patients call him, chose a profession with no less passion than an educator.  In fact, I stand on the shoulders of this gentleman who so willing gives his extra time to educate others about the advances and benefits of breast reconstruction to the breast cancer community.

My Journey continues. I honor all educators on this #WorldTeacherDay. No matter what form of education you are sharing with others, you are empowering them with a gift that cannot be taken away.

Thank you Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo for your passion in educating others about breast reconstruction options. You did not see this teacher complete her Journey. What you did is begin a new Journey for me after my DIEP flap breast reconstruction.

Our job as educators continues! Thank you for the inspiration!

#WorldTeacherDay: A Teacher’s Journey through DIEP flap breast reconstruction


References made to my surgical group, surgeon and healthcare team are made because they are aligned with my values and met my criterion after I did research of their practices and success rates. Any other healthcare provider that displays the same skill, compassion education and outreach to patients will be given consideration and recognition on this website.  The information contained on this website is not a substitute for or should be construed as medical advice. Please consult a licensed physician for medical advice.

2 Replies to “#WorldTeacherDay: A Teacher’s Journey through DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction”

  1. nancyspoint

    Hi Terri,
    I had no idea October 5 was World Teacher Day! Not sure what this says about me! I think one reason I do what I do is also due to the educator in me. Once an educator always an educator, right? I want others to know about the reality of this disease. So yes, I want to do my part to try to educate the public about the entire spectrum of breast cancer and throw lifelines to the newly diagnosed as well. I want to share about all of it. Thank you for all you do, Terri.

    • Terri Post author

      Nancy, you are so right, “once an educator always an educator”! Thank you for your kind words and all you do for the breast cancer community. Our voices are important and when education is in our blood, we shall continue this mission together! It’s always great to hear from you. ~Terri

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