How breast cancer survivor feels like a woman againUPDATED 7:11 PM HST Oct 14, 2013Video Transcript
simply end with remission. For many, the mental challenge of accepting the look of a different looking body can be difficult. As Kenny Choi reports, one woman who underwent breast reconstruction surgery ... ...is hoping more women become aware of the options after cancer treatment. When 35-year old Selena Kaichi felt a lump in her breast nearly two years ago, she knew something was wrong. 35:56 scared anxious petrified worried when i first found out about the breast cancer," She's cancer free now. But undergoing a mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery forced her to change her attitude. 36:47 I've accepted ill never be the old selena but i'm the new and improved selena!!! HAHA " Less than one in five women in the U.S. who undergo mastectomy go on to have breast reconstruction according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 32:59 I think lot focused on cancer they don't consider reconstruction but if you look at whole, reconstruction is a vital part, of whole treatment for patients" Under the Federal Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998, health insurance plans that offer mastectomy coverage are required to provide coverage for reconstructive surgery after mastectomy. But 7 out of 10 women are not aware of their options according to the ASPS. 48:55 many women delay that for various reasons we want to put their mind at ease by having them talking to people who have gone through it," There are two kinds of breast reconstructive surgery: One using implants... NATS:47:32 THIS GIVES NATURAL FEEL" The other.. Using a patient's own tissue. 30:23 the goal is the restore shape and size under normal clothing .. There will be some scars after surgery mastectomy and reconstruction, but usually a very good outcome," 42:00 had i not gone with augmentation people would see one side is nice one side not," For Selena, the surgery changed much more than just her physical appearance. 42:10 im still same happy self it give more confidence!" 42:37 u don't have to go big extreme i kept normal size.. but it did help with my confidence," kenny choi, kitv4 news. This Wednesday is BRA-day... The second annual Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day across the country. Pali-Momi will be at the Pearl Ridge Center to inform women of their options.. And to bring awareness. And a reminder... KITV-4 is a PROUD supporter of the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure THIS Sunday, October 20th at Kapiolani Park. There's time to register. Check out the AS SEEN on section of KITV DOT COM for more information. We here at KITV have officially gone PINK -- in support of breast awareness month! And we want to recognize those who have DEFEATED breast cancer. We want to give a BIG shout out to this woman. She's a 17-year breast cancer survivor. Thanks to U local user "the volunteer" for sending this in. Send in a picture your breast cancer survivor. Just upload them to the u local section of kitv dot com.