I am not a physician. I do not suggest that you follow my path to wellness without doing your own personal research and discussing with your trusted healthcare professionals. I am a Breast Cancer Survivor but this doesn't mean I know everything about cancer. Although I am an expert in understanding my diagnosis and my body, I do not know about every available treatment option. My goal is simply to offer my story and what has & hasn't worked for me. My hope is you will sift through this information and take away anything that may resonate with you. Please feel free to reach out with any questions as I share what I’ve learned and what I continue to struggle with as I remain cancer free…rising & thriving!
I was diagnosed in May of 2014 with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (invasive form of breast cancer). I had just turned 40 a few months prior. I can’t say it was a big surprise as I had been fearing cancer for nearly 20 years. My grandmother was diagnosed in the late 90s and her sister (my great aunt) was diagnosed and passed from the disease in the 80s. My grandmother followed the conventional protocol with a mastectomy (surgical removal of her breasts, muscle, and chest wall) but ended up dying in late 2007 from secondary cancer after major surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Although I was in my early 20s I began reading everything I could about prevention and as a result developed a passion for health and nutrition. I still got cancer.
Looking at my lifestyle, friends and family often remarked I was the “healthiest” person they knew. I may have seemed that way but I needed to make some major changes which I had been quietly ignoring for too long. I plan to share what I learned and what I changed with detailed posts covering:
I am so grateful to my family, friends, and community for helping me through that first year after diagnosis and beyond. Without them, I would’ve been at such a disadvantage. I have since met and talked to many women who aren’t as fortunate and desperately need emotional and financial help as they are fighting to heal. My ultimate goal is to provide support through establishing a foundation which will raise funds for those in need. This money will be available to women so they may seek treatment; whether that be conventional, alternative or through complementary therapies.
Thank you for joining me here. Please feel free to reach out with any questions as I share what I’ve learned and what I continue to struggle with as I remain cancer free…surviving & thriving!
With love and light,
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