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Meet the Namesake of The Connie Dwyer Breast Center

It’s #hip to be #healthy, and #HipNJ is helping fight breast cancer by celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Connie Dwyer Breast Center!

Opened in 2005, The Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Saint Michael’s Medical Center is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility providing expert diagnosis and treatment of breast disease. Further, the Center stresses prevention, early detection, and educational outreach programs in northern New Jersey.

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino got to know the inspiring namesake of the Center, Connie Dwyer, and how she turned her unfortunate diagnosis into something remarkable.

In 1999, Connie was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had both breasts removed and underwent eight rounds of chemotherapy. While in treatment, she became aware of the financial and emotional anguish patients have to endure on top of all their physical changes.

“The Breast Center has given me a wonderful opportunity to give back to others,” Connie said. “It has also given me a platform to teach my [12!] grandchildren by example in what to do in life.”

Reflecting back on the past ten years, Connie had no idea the Center would grow the way it did.

“I thought we would help a handful of women around Newark, yet today we’re doing 20,000 procedures a year for women all around the state.”

Since the Center’s inception, they have managed to raise over eight million dollars to ensure patients are treated with the best care and latest technology.

“The generosity of our donors is overwhelming to me. It makes me so proud that people are so giving to those they don’t even know, year after year.”

For more on The Connie Dwyer Breast Center, log onto SMMCNJ.org/Services/Breast.

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Success Stories of The Connie Dwyer Breast Center

It’s #hip to be #healthy, and #HipNJ is helping fight breast cancer by celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Connie Dwyer Breast Center!

Opened in 2005, The Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Saint Michael’s Medical Center is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility providing expert diagnosis and treatment of breast disease. Further, the Center stresses prevention, early detection, and educational outreach programs in northern New Jersey.

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino got to know the extraordinary patients of The Connie Dwyer Breast Center, and learned their inspirational stories on how the center helped them kick cancer’s butt!

Through tears, patient Sheila spoke about the tender care of the center in her native Portuguese.

“I came to the center after discovering a lump on my left breast,” explained Sheila. “Here I found care, attention, and solidarity. I am so happy and grateful for everyone. From the concierge to the doctors, they have been marvelous to me.”

Tanya, who is now enjoying a cancer- free life, came to the center nine months into her breast cancer battle.

“The staff became like my sisters. Their friendship made my treatments go quick. The center helps you with everything. [The center] really did save my life. Otherwise, I never would have known what to do.”

Rosie had been diagnosed with breast cancer in Maryland, and wound up seeing Dr. Nadine Pappas at The Connie Dwyer Breast Center.

“[When I lost my hair] the center gave me a beautiful, perfect wig. It made me feel good, even if I wasn’t feeling my best.”

It’s these stories, and the exceptional care by the center, that propelled Essex County Freeholder President, Britnee Timberlake, to speak about the center at a recent rally.

“[The Connie Dwyer Breast Center] provided me with the best healthcare I have ever received in my life…IN MY LIFE!”

For more on The Connie Dwyer Breast Center, log onto SMMCNJ.org/Services/Breast.

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The Connie Dwyer Breast Center’s 3D Mammography

It’s #hip to be #healthy, and #HipNJ is helping fight breast cancer by celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Connie Dwyer Breast Center!

Founded in October 2004, The Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Saint Michael’s Medical Center is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility providing expert diagnosis and treatment of breast disease.  Further, the Center stresses  prevention, early detection, and educational outreach programs in northern New Jersey.

#HipNJ’s Maria Falzo picked the center for her first base line mammography.  The center’s sunny decor, warm staff and positive aura put “my anxiety at ease,” she explained.

Why is it super important to be on top of your mammos?  One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. That’s why it is vital to make sure the cancer is discovered early when prognosis for treatment and a complete recovery is best.

Maria, along with Director of Development for The Center, Janet Lesko, embarked on their mammogram journey together.  Janet’s is a routine annual mammogram, and has been getting her done at The Center since its doors opened.

After checking in with the staff and consulting with the radiologist, Maria and Janet had their 3-D Tomosynthesis mammography.  These machines take 3-D images of the breasts. This revolutionary technology gives radiologists the ability to identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. Viewing breast tissue in 3-D images allows for clearer more accurate readings that can identify breast cancer in its earliest stages, when prognosis is best.

Soon after the mammogram, Dr. Ami Shah read the results, and gave both Maria and Janet a clean bill of health!

For more on The Connie Dwyer Breast Center, log onto SMMCNJ.org/Services/Breast.