Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day was held on October 21st, 2020. For the first time, BRA Day was held virtually – if this was a challenge for the BRA Day team, it didn’t show! The event was very informative and interesting, and enjoyable to watch from the comfort of our own homes. For those who weren’t able to join us in taking part in the event, here is a quick recap!
To begin, the moderators welcomed participants and guests to the BRA Day event. Following the welcome were several keynote speakers, including the plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Sheina Macadam from Vancouver. These keynote speakers spoke on topics such as breast reconstruction with implants, breast reconstruction with tissue from the tummy and other options, and several patient stories. These keynote speakers were very interesting, and each had prepared PowerPoint visuals to aid in their talks. The photos that were used, while graphic, were very useful in visualizing the different types of reconstructive surgery.
After a brief intermission, the event resumed with a selection of education sessions that participants had the option of choosing between. The panelists discussed a range of topics from 3D tattooing to radiation and reconstruction. BRA Day also featured the ‘Show and Tell Lounge’, where volunteers who have undergone reconstruction show their results. This is a key part of the event, as it allows women see real results of several reconstruction options and highlights the positives and negatives of each.
Following a second intermission, BRA Day continued with more simultaneous education sessions, which participants were able to choose between. Each session was unique and offered insight into different areas of breast reconstruction. We enjoyed hopping between sessions, and in particular, we thought the sessions on selecting a type of reconstruction and preparing for surgery would have been very helpful for potential patients. There was one more ‘Show and Tell Lounge’, and then the event concluded for the year!
Thank you to those who joined us in participating in BRA Day 2020, and we hope that this recap gave a good picture of the event for those who were not able to attend. Whether in person or virtual, we hope to see you again next year!
For more information about BRA Day, visit https://www.cancer.ca/en/support-and-services/support-services/bra-day/?region=on
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