The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction Gives Thanks

On behalf of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction, we wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

We hope you are able to spend time this week with the ones you love, eating delicious food and reflecting on the many things you are grateful for!

Over the last few weeks, we’ve spent some time thinking about the things that we are truly grateful for. And in honor of this holiday of giving thanks, we wanted to share our list with you.

How many things do we have in common on our lists? Keep reading to find out…

#1 — The opportunity to work with so many courageous women who have battled breast cancer.

First and foremost, we are so thankful that we get to work with such amazing women each and every day. Their stories inspire us, their smiles brighten our day, and it is truly a gift to be able to interact with each and every one of the ladies we work with.

Read the stories from some amazing women here.

#2 — Our team of highly skilled staff and medical professionals.

We never take for granted the amazing staff and medical professionals that we have on our team. We are thankful that we have kind, hardworking, and highly skilled professionals that are able to give our clients the best care they deserve.

#3 — Our health.

Every day we work with women who have fought courageous battles against cancer. And every time we hear a new patient’s story, we are reminded of how lucky we are to have our health.

#4 — Our friends and family.

From loving spouses and children to awesome coworkers and friends, we are thankful to be surrounded by those who love us each day.

#5 — Our freedoms.

We are thankful for all the freedoms we have. From access to the technology and education we need to serve our patients to being able to pursue our passion to help women recover and heal from breast cancer, we are truly blessed.

#6 — Delicious food.

Last, but certainly not least, we are thankful for the delicious Thanksgiving meal we will be indulging in this week. There’s nothing better than chowing down on our Thanksgiving favorites while surrounded by the people we love.

Need some inspiration of what to bring to your Thanksgiving table this year? Here are some of our favorite holiday recipes!

This year, when you’re gathered around your Thanksgiving dinner table, we encourage you to share the things you’re grateful for with your loved ones.

Once again, Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! We hope you have a wonderful holiday!

What are you thankful for? Let us know in the comments below!

A Big Thank-You from The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction

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Before we all head out to enjoy delicious turkey and spend time with family and friends, we want to take a moment to say thank you to our amazing readers and patients.

You inspire us each and every day, and we are so incredibly grateful to be able to do what we do. Thank you all.

The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction team wishes everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!

How to Teach Your Kids to Give Thanks

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, this time of year serves as a reminder to express our gratitude for all of the wonderful things in our lives.

It’s also the perfect time to teach your children how to give thanks for all of their blessings, so they grow up to be adults who understand the importance of giving back to the community.

It’s easy for kids to get wrapped up in all of the hype the holidays bring.

That’s why it’s so important to remind our kids of an important aspect of this time of year: giving thanks and giving back to the community.

However, it can be hard for a child to understand the concept of gratefulness. That’s why we’re sharing 6 ways to teach your children to give thanks this season. 


A fun tradition to start during the holidays (and carry throughout the year) is to start journaling as a family. Each evening, write down what you are grateful for in a journal.

Perform random acts of kindness

Make a goal for each day to go out of your way to do something kind for someone else. When you’re journaling that evening, each family member can share his or her random acts of kindness.

Deliver cookies

Baking and delivering cookies to your local fire station, police station, or food bank is a fun activity that your kids can be actively involved in. They will feel great that they actually helped make the cookies you deliver—and handing them out to people who appreciate the gesture will teach your children how good it feels to give back to the community.


Donating your time is one of the biggest ways you can help others, and teaching this to your kids at an early age is so important. Try volunteering at a variety of places, such as the local senior citizens center or homeless shelter, to see what interests your child.

Share your love

Don’t forget to tell your kids how incredibly grateful you are for them! Showing them how thankful you are for the wonderful things in life is the best way to set an example.

The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction team wants to give thanks to all of our amazing patients.

You inspire us each and every day, and we’re so thankful to be able to do what we love.

5 Fun Ways to Give Thanks this Season

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November is a month to reflect on everything we’re thankful for and to give back to the community.

We’d like to take a moment to express our gratitude for our inspiring patients, for our loyal blog readers, and those who keep the conversation lively on our Facebook page! Because of you, we are able to help so many women and touch lives.

As we enter a season that celebrates abundance, it’s important to remember those less fortunate.

In this post, we’re sharing 5 ways to give thanks this season (and fun doing it)!

Here are a few fun ways to give back this holiday season:

1. Make gifts instead of buying them.

The holiday season is a great time for arts and crafts. When we make gifts with our hands, something magical happens.  We get to share a part of ourselves with someone else and reflect on what we’re thankful for.

2. Give “shout-outs” on social media.

Why not spread the love on social media to make a positive impact on your followers? Share something you’re thankful for on your Facebook page, make a gratitude meme go viral—or even make your own personalized You Tube videos. Send them to friends and family members sharing why you’re so blessed to have them in your life. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out our Facebook page.

3. Do something kind for a stranger.

Add a new twist to the traditional ‘dropping change in a bucket’ donation. Try leaving a dollar with a quote attached on someone’s car or drop it in their shopping cart when they’re not looking. When it comes to giving, being silly (and a bit radical) can make giving—and receiving—both exciting and fun.

4. Donate to charity

Instead of exchanging gifts, consider donating to a charity you are passionate about in someone’s honor. Nothing inspires thankfulness like giving to others. Komen Lowcountry is one of our favorites.

5. Share compliments—lots of them.

Kind words can mean more to someone than you may know. The holidays can be a struggle for many people for various reasons. Whether it be a compliment to a stranger, acquaintance, coworker, or a loved one, spreading nice words can truly make a difference in someone’s day.

Let us know what you’re grateful for this season on our Facebook page!

5 Ways to Use That Leftover Turkey

Ways to Use That Turkey

It happens every year, and it doesn’t matter if you buy a smaller turkey or invite more people to Thanksgiving dinner.

You’re going to have leftover turkey. A lot of it.

Here are a few ways to use it—some serious, some lighthearted. We’re thankful to have that leftover turkey, and sharing it is one of many options.

Send it home with your guests.

Often, we don’t think of this because the tryptophan in the turkey makes us semi-comatose. When everyone leaves, sending home leftovers just doesn’t register! Pack goodie bags for your guests right after dinner. Maybe you can steal everyone’s keys and put them in the goodie bags, so no one can leave without their turkey.

Try some new recipes.

Visit a recipe website, and learn something new while using up that turkey! Good recipe sites include Food Network, All Recipes, and Real Simple. If you’re more the Martha Stewart type, try her website. (Or if you’re not much of a cook, just cut it up and add it to everything you eat for the next week.)

Surprise your coworkers.

The people you work with want more turkey, don’t they? Whip up some turkey sandwiches and take them in for lunch the first workday after Thanksgiving. They’ll love you for remembering them. Won’t they?

Freeze for later use.

When you’re completely “turkeyed out,” parcel what’s left into small bags and put them in the freezer. You can always use that turkey later for delicious comfort food like turkey and noodles and turkey pot pie.

Finally, give it to the dog.

We’re thankful for the dog, and the dog is thankful for us. Why not spread a little Thanksgiving cheer and give him or her the last of the turkey?

Tell us on our Facebook page what you do with leftover turkey!


Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner Tips

thanksgiving dinnerMany of our patients express concerns about eating a healthy Thanksgiving dinner. They don’t want to overindulge, but they do want to enjoy dinner with their friends and family. You can have your cake and eat it too if you’re careful.

Have plenty of fresh, raw veggies available.

These will play a major role on your Thanksgiving plate, so make sure you have plenty of raw vegetables and salads on the table. Good choices include broccoli, peas, beans, cauliflower, cucumbers, cabbage, and romaine lettuce. If you cook sweet potatoes or squash, use butter, not margarine, and keep fat to a minimum.

Eat an appetizer.

Don’t go to the Thanksgiving table ravenously hungry, as you’ll overeat. If you’re going to someone else’s home, have a small snack before you go, or serve appetizers if dinner is at your house. A small amount of fat will help tide you over until dinner, so try sliced avocado, nuts, or smoked salmon with a little cheese on a cracker.

Bake the turkey and eat the white meat.

Instead of deep-frying, bake the turkey and avoid eating the skin or visible fat. Eat mostly the white meat, which is lower in calories and fat than the dark meat.

Use less of the pan drippings to make gravy.

If you use half of the pan drippings in your gravy, you’ll have all of the flavor and half of the fat.

Mentally divide your plate in quarters.

Put fresh vegetables on half your plate, turkey on one quarter, and potatoes and stuffing on the remaining quarter. You’ll be able to taste everything, but with half your plate full of veggies, you’ll eat fewer calories. Eat slowly, and stop when you’re comfortably full—long before you feel stuffed.

Drink water.

Avoid the high-calorie drinks and have a simple glass of water. Dress it up with a splash of juice or a slice of lemon or lime.

Don’t go back for seconds unless it’s for veggies.

When you’ve eaten what’s on your plate, wait for a while before you go back for seconds. It takes time for your stomach to communicate with your brain that you’re full. If you’re still hungry, have more vegetables, preferably raw.

Share dessert, or have just a nibble.

If Aunt Shirley’s cheesecake is too hard to resist, have a small piece, or take a couple of bites from Uncle Dave’s piece. If you like to try several desserts, take small spoonfuls and savor them.

What are your favorite tips for eating healthy at Thanksgiving?