Cancer Survivor And CALIEB Founder Tamarin Lindenberg: Helping Women Leave Cancer Behind With Medical Beauty

Nicole Fukuoka on 7 Mar 2013 at 9:00am

In 2008, healthcare executive Tamarin Lindenberg (above, left) was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. After a year of battling with aggressive chemotherapy and a hysterectomy to treat her ovarian cancer, Lindenberg got more bad news. A genetic screening test revealed that she had an 87% risk of breast cancer, so instead of just waiting around for cancer to make its second strike, Tamarin decided to get a mastectomy.

But that's just where her journey with cancer -- and where it would lead her -- began. At a body contouring event on March 6 at the office of Beverly Hills board certified dermatologic surgeon Dr. David Amron, Tamarin shared her story of recovery and body rediscovery after cancer. 

"I have two children that were adopted from Russia and it was my number one goal to be there for them," Tamarin told RealSelf. "I didn’t want to risk breast cancer, but at the same time I'm also a total girly girl, very much a woman, and I was very concerned about how I would feel about myself afterwards and whether I would feel that my femininity was compromised."

So she set out on a journey across the country to find the best plastic surgeons in various specialties that could help a woman rebuild her body in the aftermath of a pre-menopausal hysterectomy and a mastectomy. Realizing that there weren't many resources for women in her position, or many success stories, Tamarin started CALIEB (an acronym for Care And Love In Every Blessing), a foundation that supports and guides women who are battling with female cancers and their aftermath. 

"When it came to prostate cancer in men, we defended strongly that a man should not be rendered impotent by prostate cancer treatments and we understood how core it was to their sexuality and confidence as a man," she said. "Yet, when it comes to breast reconstruction, we do not necessarily as a society assign the same importance that a woman will be emotionally impotent or damaged because she feels like her body is deformed in a way that doesn’t meet her view of beauty."

Tamarin partnered with plastic surgeon Dr. Patrick Maxwell and conducted a study across the country about how beauty affects the healing process.

"I have found over and over in my interviews with women, that by establishing three factors: body confidence, sexuality, and the ability to move forward they are able to leave a cancer experience behind," said Tamarin. "When they don’t have those elements, they tend to live a life that is wrought with fear, an element of feeling damaged, feeling like it changes their ability to interface with their mate in an intimate environment, and feeling like it changes the way they interface with the outside world."

On her search for the best doctors across the United States, she found Dr. Amron. He liposcuplted her legs after hormone changes from a pre-menopausal hysterectomy changed the the way the fat distributed in her body.

"[His] techniques that gave back symmetry to my legs," Tamarin told me.

Following Tamarin's speech, Dr. Amron gave the room of prospective patients a thorough lesson on the pros and cons of the most popular liposuction procedures, covering everything from smart lipo and liposculpture to Thermage and Ulthera. 

In addition to talking about the most innovative surgical and non-surgical forms of body contouring, Dr. Amron announced that he will be opening his own surgical center called MARC (Medical Aesthetics Rejuvenation Center). MARC will not only offer comprehensive aesthetic services, but it will also include what Amron calls "age management medicine."

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