My journey in preventing breast cancer and becoming the first patient to use a single port robot!

MY STORY - a goal to help you with your journey

Hi there; my name is Renee. First, for clarity, I do not have robotic boobs! However, I am the first patient to have a robotic mastectomy using the Single Port da Vinci Robot! 

I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and my surgery was at UT Southwestern. I created this site with a goal to be a resource to women. I had a prophylactic mastectomy in an effort to fend off breast cancer. I am considered a previvor, genetically predisposed to breast cancer through my BRCA 2 gene mutation. Through my journey, I found so many blogs and stories from others that were very helpful in my research and preparation for surgery. I'm sharing my story in hopes that it can help anyone considering a prophylactic mastectomy or those that may have to endure a mastectomy due to cancer. 

I will share my specific robotic mastectomy journey, its potential benefits and also share pictures and general tips. 

View my Video from UT Southwestern

My procedure and story is featured on the UT Southwestern website. Click on the image to Check it Out!

Mom Genes

I discovered my BRCA 2 mutation when I was 21 years old. It originated from my paternal side and this discovery was all thanks to my Aunt Cindy who was an ambassador of breast cancer research, an ally and support to many women, and a breast cancer patient herself. Through her tenacity, she discovered our family's plight well before gene mutations were as common knowledge as they are today (thank you, Angelina Jolie).  Knowledge is power and having this key piece of information for as long as I did, really helped me to make an informed decision, and the right decision for me. 

I am now a wife and mother of 2 beautiful girls, this helped to reinforce my decision to have a preventative double mastectomy (prophylactic) due to my extremely high risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer due to the BRCA 2 gene mutation. 

Strong Momma

I dedicate this site to my two girls, Cora and Monroe and my husband, Michael. Because of them, I am one Strong Momma.