GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – October is breast cancer awareness month and although one in eight women will develop the disease over the course of their lifetimes, many continue to fight the disease and win.
When a breast cancer fighter transitions to a survivor, there are still some obstacles they must overcome.
Allyson Daughterty of Avila Physical Therapy in Greenville helps in the rebuilding process.
“They want to feel normal again,” said Daugherty. “They want to return to doing the things that they did before. They want to look the same and these products help them to do that.”
Daugherty fits patients with prostheses to replace their breasts that were removed to save their lives, and she said these prostheses cause a noticeable shift in struggling survivors.
“It makes them feel whole again,” said Daugherty. “They’ve had to go through so much with their breast cancer: surgery, probably chemo and radiation. They are having to get adjusted to their new body image, so this helps to replace a little bit of that for them.”
Avila now offers a new product that individualizes the procedure.
“They are customized breast prosthesis and what makes them innovative is that it can form to a woman’s chest,” Daughtery said. “Each breast prosthesis is individually made for them.”
The process is simple and painless. Avila also helps patients work with their insurance providers to find funding.
Daugherty said the changes she sees in patients are life-changing.
“It’s so rewarding,” Daughtery said. “Every day I have patients hug me, and they thank me for making them feel good again…I have boxes of Kleenex everywhere because there are tears often.”