What is RESTORE More?
The bedrock of RESTORE More is education. Women do not have control over having a diagnosis of breast cancer, but they can choose how they prefer to respond to that diagnosis and treatment. Our belief is that with knowledge, breast cancer patients become empowered to make better health treatment decisions; especially in geographically challenged areas with limited access and resources for providing healthcare needs.
Restore More offers an opportunity to provide women experiencing breast cancer in remote areas, access to up to date information helping them to make an informed treatment decision versus a fear based decision that many later regret. We assist in creating innovative solutions to remove barriers for women challenged with access to their desired choice for treatment.
Our vision is to empower women to make the most informed treatment decisions and to live a quality life without fear through mindful living.
About the Founder
An American surgeon working in Gladstone (regional Australia) for over 4 years, Dr. Dauway recognized a lack of resources for regional breast cancer patients. As a specialist in surgical oncology, she grew concerned about challenges women encountered in accessing breast reconstruction, despite offering it in her private practice. Upon further investigation, she realized that despite the benefits of a public system, there are still limitations and barriers for breast cancer patients to overcome. Her desire to bridge the information gap for women, prompted her to find a way to inform more women of their option for breast reconstruction through covered health funds and Medicare.
Dr. Dauway has learned that the patient’s journey does not end when treatment is completed. In fact, she follows her patients for 5 years from the time of diagnosis. She has found that many of her patients live with anxiety and fear of a recurrence of breast cancer. As a certified yoga teacher and a mindfulness coach, she began to integrate mindfulness-based practice with her patients. She believes, “why remove a cancer and then allow the patient to continue in the same conditions and mindset that made them ill”. Her view is that surgery is part of the work and mindfulness helps patients move forward, live fully without fear.
RESTORE More aims to raise awareness of current breast cancer treatment options through education. We believe in empowering women to make an informed treatment decision, resulting in increased breast preservation, and breast reconstruction after mastectomy, especially for women in regionally disadvantaged areas.