I am a mom of my one and only Mark and wife to my husband of 22 years, Kevin.. i successful home schooled Mark who is now a Flinn Scholar and a freshman in college. I loved every single minute with him. I have been an autism advocate running legislation, working on AHCCCS committees to improve Medicaid services for children with autism. I have spend the last fifteen years helping families and changing lives.
Two years ago a guardian angel helped my find a small lump in my breast. We were shocked to learn I had breast cancer. I had a lumpectomy and sought the help of a naturopath and acupuncturist to help improve my health. I changed my diet and my lifestyle. I rejected tamoxifen as it was country indicated with my health history and would have forced me to have a hysterectomy. I did my best to change my life in positive ways. My blood work demonstrated it was working.
Just before Thanksgiving I found another very small lump, the size of a pea, next to the old cancer. The breast surgeon looked at it and felt it was scar tissue. We did a mammogram and ultrasound to be safe. The radiologist felt like it looked like scar tissue but she wanted to do a biopsy anyway. She insisted on doing it that day. She probably saved my life. I got the phone call on the day after Thanksgiving saying it was breast cancer. Most radiologists would have watched it. I am incredibly grateful that my body let me find it and that everyone who touched it went the extra mile.
The cancer only had a 4% chance of returning. I am shocked that zi am the 4%. I changed my diet and my lifestyle. The doctor, the breast surgeon and the naturopath were stunned. Because I am now part of the 4% all the odds changed and I was shocked to learn that everyone of my medical team wants to do a double mastectomy. My surgery is scheduled December 27th. I am now making decisions on whether to keep my nipples, do I do reconstruction, and what do I need to heal or change to ensure the cancer does not come back.
I am determined to heal my body so that I can live a wonderfully long life and see my grand babies and great grand babies be born and grow up. I know I will need love and support from my friends and family and am so incredibly grateful for all the people in my life.
Update: I have had a double mastectomy and am now recovering. I a,m taking the time to heal and process this giant event in my life and my family’s life.