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March 20, 2007

Myself, Together Again

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Denise Schreiner

This year more than 200,000 women in the US will get a dreaded diagnosis:  breast cancer. Many will opt for a mastectomy, especially if they have a family history of the disease.  That's what happened to Debbie Horwitz two years ago when, at age 32, she learned she had breast cancer. 

Debbie wanted to know what the process - double mastectomy and reconstruction - would look like, and no one could show her photos of a mastectomy and reconstruction on a young woman's body. So Debbie began a scrapbook to detail her physical changes for other women in her doctor's office. Then she enlisted the help of a professional photographer to document it. The result is a photo book called Myself: Together Again.  Debbie talks to Dick Gordon about her journey.

Those [pictures] were hard to look at, but they're not so hard to look at now because I feel good now, about how the reconstruction turned out.  I'm amazed that I could go from that to what I look like now.  It's kind of comforting to know that, wow, they could put me back together. 
- Debbie Horwitz
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