Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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August 20, 2006

Betty Ensor made it through surgery; now she’s on the road to recovery

About a year ago, Betty Ensor discovered that she had breast cancer. Her yearly mammogram revealed the disease was in an advanced stage: without quick, surgical intervention, she would die.

“For me,” she said, “the question of whether or not to go ahead with the mastectomy was never an issue.”

Ensor had survived a heart attack and a career-ending back injury. She loved life and loved her family. She was a fighter and she was determined to win this battle. The breast was removed and she lived for almost an entire year with the visible reminder of her battle with cancer.

Her battle with the disease took its toll on her both physically and emotionally, but she’d won. Or had she? Ensor was fitted with a prosthetic right breast but she still did not feel comfortable in her clothes ... especially not in her bathing suits that were her daily uniform in summertime.

Like many other women who have the same procedure performed, Ensor did not feel whole. The prosthesis was hot and uncomfortable to wear. Worst of all, it just was not her body. She became depressed. Her victory against cancer was only a partial victory. The disease had robbed her of a part of her body that, in a way, described her identity as a woman.

After consulting with her doctors, she was told she could have surgery that would restore her to her natural contours. She was elated — until she found that she’d have to go to either Dallas or Waco to have the procedure done. It was at this point that she heard about a new doctor in town, Dr. Kent Hughes, who was a well-respected plastic surgeon and who was about to set up shop at Harris Methodist Wells Regional Hospital. An appointment for surgery was set.

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