Three years ago at the age of 36, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I
have a wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters, and my concern was
not only for myself but for them. I underwent a double mastectomy with
nipple-sparing reconstructive surgery. Treatment included two different
rounds of chemotherapy for about six months. Due to the type of breast
cancer I was diagnosed with, I did not need radiation therapy, but I have
very high risk of reoccurrence, so I have to be watched very thoroughly.
I love spending time with my girls, enjoying the outdoors and swimming
in our pool. I love seahorses and collecting sea glass. They have a special
meaning to me. My chair is decorated with both. Seahorses are considered
to be a symbol of strength and power. Divers have viewed them as a good
luck charm. I love the beauty of sea glass, the mystery of it, not knowing
its complete story. It starts out as a broken piece of glass. The ocean
tosses and tumbles it and it transforms into a smooth beautiful piece
of glass, Each piece is different, unique and beautiful.
My message for other women:
Try to take it one day at a time. I know at first it’s like a tornado
with all the doctor’s appointments and imaging in a short amount
time. It can be overwhelming, but stay positive! It’s amazing how
easily it is to go down that tunnel. Luckily, I had a great support system,
not only from my amazing husband and children, but from other family members
and friends. Also, all of my nurses provided a great shoulder as well.
They see this every day and can recommend things that have worked with
others that might work for you.
4610 PGA Blvd., #100
Palm Beach Gardens, FL