I’ve always been very independent, hard-working, strong and healthy
my entire life, but I was not always faithful about having yearly mammograms.
In 2018, at the age of 52, my breast cancer was detected during a mammogram.
This shocking news has changed my life forever. I completed chemotherapy
and had a bi-lateral mastectomy with reconstruction. Today, I’m
doing very well and have an excellent prognosis, thanks to my exceptional
medical team and Jupiter Medical Center. The care and kindness and various
benefits they offered made a difficult process much easier.
I was very fortunate to have my sister-in-law, Heather Medford, who is
also a breast cancer survivor, be my first and biggest supporter. She
compassionately helped me navigate a complicated process and showed me
that a positive attitude can make a huge difference in my recovery. My
sons, Blake and Grant, many other family members, friends, and my employer,
BallenIsles Country Club, also came to my rescue. They were there to support
me during my treatment and recovery. I’m grateful to them for the
love and kindness (and so much more) they showed me.
The moral of my story and the greatest lesson I learned from this journey
is to slow down, truly savor life and make wonderful memories by letting
people in, letting them love me and support me, and remembering that there’s
no need to go through things on my own. People are wonderful, and they
will surprise and inspire you with extraordinary kindness if you let them!
I’m hopeful that I will have the opportunity to pay the kindness
that I received forward for many years to come.
Message to Other Women
Now I tell other women, “Go, get your mammograms, take good care
of yourself, and make YOU your priority.” I encourage them to open
their life and their heart to others. Like me, they will be grateful they did!
I’m also grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Pink
Chair Project and to tell my story. Thank you.
100 Ballenisles Cir
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418