October 17, 2014

Last year, more than 271,000 people were diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Deborah Collins, a local mother and wife, was one of them.

Diagnosed April 2013, Collins began cancer treatments and was preparing for a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction surgery. As a coordinator for the San Antonio Eye Bank, her doctor began explaining in more detail the process for her upcoming surgery.

“He said he was going to attach two pieces of tissue to my pectoral muscles,” Collins said. “I was so focused on getting back to health it never registered with me where those tissues came from.”