At first glance, one would never know that Gina Maisano has battled breast cancer twice in her life. The beautiful woman has long, flowy hair and looks especially vibrant in photos.
However, it was only nine years ago that Maisano was first diagnosed with Triple Negative, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, according to the Port Washington Patch
. After a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation, she was proud to be cancer-free.
Six years later, the cancer returned. Maisano was then diagnosed with Invasive Lobular Carcinoma and underwent a bilateral, skin-sparing mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, and nine months of chemotherapy and radiation.
The courageous woman, who is now 100 percent healthy, has chronicled her journey in her book Intimacy After Breast Cancer: Dealing with Your Body, Relationships and Sex. Her tome covers everything breast cancer patients need to know, from the emotional to physical aspects of the disease.
"I was like, to have two [types of cancer] and I've had nine different types of chemotherapy…I can talk to any woman who's going through this," she told the news outlet.
The American Cancer Society advises all women over the age of 40 to undergo a yearly mammogram.