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Dawn's Story

Breast Reconstruction After Breast Cancer

dawn's story

In June 2015, Dawn Gavlinski had a normal mammogram. So when bruises the size of a thumb showed up under her left arm a few months later, she chalked it up to a tight bra. In October, after an ultrasound and biopsy, Gavlinski learned the source of her symptoms: she had stage two breast cancer.

Weeks of chemotherapy at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center helped to shrink the tumor. She decided to have both breasts removed and reconstructed at Johns Hopkins Bayview’s Breast Center.

“I felt like a woman again,” Gavlinski says. “I felt whole. Dr. Broderick is very thorough,” Gavlinski says. “She wanted my breasts to look as natural as possible.”

Read more about Dawn's story in Johns Hopkins Bayview's Breast Center publication.

Treatment Team


The Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery brings together a team of board certified plastic surgeons who specialize in complex breast reconstruction procedures, and devoted to providing attentive patient care. Learn more about our plastic and reconstructive breast surgery team.

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Condition Information

Women considering breast reconstruction have the option for reconstruction at the time of their mastectomy or reconstruction over time, in a series of stages.

Learn more about breast cancer and breast reconstruction.
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