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Laurie Chenevey

Married to her husband Craig for 36 years, Laurie has two grown sons and two granddaughters. She works as the Community Event Coordinator for the City of Akron. In her spare time she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and shopping! Laurie was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram, receiving the news on her 33rd anniversary. The good news was that her husband was by her side through her journey. Initially Laurie hadn’t considered breast reconstruction, but after her breast cancer surgeon, Dr. Victoria VanFossen, asked if she had considered a breast reduction due to her large breast size, she chose to go ahead with the surgery to both reduce her breast size and make them even. Dr. Derek Cody performed her reconstruction, and her breasts look great! She didn’t realize how her larger breasts had been causing some back pain, and it is now easier for her to find clothes that fit. Laurie advises women facing a diagnosis to talk to their medical team – ask questions and trust them. Talk with other survivors, family members, and then make the best decision for you. She chose to be in Pink Runway to show others that they can get through treatment. “Though it was a tough road, I did my best to keep a positive attitude and find joy in every day. I feel great now and am very happy with my breast reduction results!”