I was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993 at the age of 53.
I had a lumpectomy and radiation therapy. I was looking for a support
group to attend and discovered the only local breast cancer support group
did not meet over the summer. Imagine my surprise. Cancer doesn’t
take time off, so why should a support group? I was fortunate to meet
three wonderful chemotherapy nurses at Jupiter Medical Center’s
Foshay Cancer Center who agreed with my observation. We founded the Living
with Breast Cancer Support Group in 1995, and I am proud to say that the
group still meets monthly at the center.
This has been a wonderful group offering support and friendship to many
women in the community. We’ve also had the opportunity to do some
amazing events, including a fashion show years ago with Oleg Cassini,
as well as a beautiful tea and fashion show with a silent auction. We’ve
participated in many community events and continue to be an active group.
I had a second breast cancer diagnosis in 2008 and underwent a mastectomy.
Since then, I’ve done well. One of my passions in life has been
rescuing Airedales, and that is the inspiration for the design of my chair.
I have always loved dogs and feel they are the most loving, forgiving
creatures on this earth. I’m happy to help in the rescue and care
of these wonderful animals.
My message to other women:
Joining a support group is one the best things you can do for yourself.
You’ll meet other women who are going through the same diagnosis
and treatment, which helps to alleviate some of the fear.
Town of Jupiter Community Center
200 Military Trail