'A level of fear that you’ve never experienced' Cancer diagnosis not only worry for family




The tears still flow some days when she gets dressed.

Breast cancer and her long recovery from a double mastectomy have changed Casey Paulin’s life and wardrobe.

Paulin tries not to be self-conscious about her flat chest. Her husband, Kevin, tells her every day how beautiful she is. But when she gets dressed, sometimes she cries.

“It doesn’t really bother me until I’m getting ready. It looks silly. It’s obvious there is supposed to be boobs there. And then I have a woe-is-me moment,” she said.

Paulin had a double mastectomy last year after she was diagnosed with breast cancer; but due to complications after her surgery, she is still waiting to do the reconstruction that she said will make her feel normal again.

She was 37, the same age her grandmother was when she was diagnosed with breast cancer that later spread and killed her.

But Paula’s diagnosis wasn’t the only concern. She also had to worry about the fact that she was uninsured, a decision her husband had to make when the costs became too high for his small business, a staffing company.

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