BRA Day event coming up
An event in Halifax this month will raise awareness about breast reconstruction options for women who’ve undergone mastectomies for breast cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society’s Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day (BRA Day) will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17, and is one of 25 BRA Day events held in other cities across the country in October.
BRA Day was founded in
2011 by Dr. Mitchell Brown, a plastic surgeon who wanted to spread education and awareness about breast reconstruction surgery. Noelle Brown has been organizing the Halifax event for the last seven years, along with the Canadian Cancer Society. The event is free to attend. “Every year, more women come out and say, ‘I had no idea,’” Brown says. “I want every woman to know this is a possibility.”
The event includes talks on breast reconstruction, a question-and-answer session with plastic surgeons and a discreet Show and Tell Lounge, where women attendees have a chance to speak with other women who’ve had reconstructive breast surgery and see their results.
The surgery is also covered under MSI, another fact Brown says many women don’t know.
Brown had breast cancer at 47 and underwent breast recon- struction surgery. She says like many other women, she didn’t know the surgery was an option until a surgeon mentioned it.
She says the reconstruction surgery was the light at the end of a dark tunnel after having cancer.
“You look down for weeks and there’s nothing there. [The reconstruction surgery] is something bright,” Brown says. “It’s something to look forward to.”
BRA Day takes place Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Royal Bank Theatre at the QEII Health Sciences Centre at 1796 Summer St. Registration to attend the event is encouraged, but not required. To register, visit bra- day.com.