Hello friends and family,
I want to share an update on my health with you. I have been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. This type of breast cancer is called DCIS - https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dcis/symptoms-causes/syc-20371889
Good news - it is stage zero, non-invasive and was discovered on a routine mammogram. This type of cancer, detected early, has near 100% survival rate.
Bad news - I will be having a double mastectomy this coming Thursday, January 4 and the reconstruction process may take up to 6 months.
Good news - I will not need radiation nor chemotherapy and 2018 will be the rebirth of perky new boobs for me. (Got to look for the silver lining.) 😊
I have spent the past couple of months researching teams of doctors (5 consultations including the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN) and will be having my surgery at Kaiser in San Jose (Dr. Laura Norton and Dr. Daniel Jacobs). I did research to find the most modern and natural breast reconstruction. My amazing team of healers includes my surgeons, acupuncturist (Linda Gruber), naturopath (Dr. Gabrielle Francis), energy worker (Anna Homler & Kelley Kessler) and our incredible in-house doctor (Dr. Eddie Lebowitz).
Estelle knows what is going on - we are very factual with her. She knows I have breast cancer and that I will have a surgery, with recovery time, and that I will be fine. Even though Estelle is aware of my health, we are asking that people not bring this up around her or with her directly. We also hope everyone will use discretion when discussing this around their own children. It is of utmost importance to us that Estelle does not hear any misinformation about cancer or my actual diagnosis.
This is a wild new journey for sure but I am feeling grateful for early detection and I am calling this the “best of the worst” diagnosis.
I will use this site to post updates after my surgery and during my recovery.
Beginning January 4 -
If you need to contact me about work related items, please email me and copy Todd Wallenbrock, firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you need to contact me about ALO related items, please email me and copy Josh Nicotra, email@example.com .
If you need to contact me about school related items for Estelle, please email me and copy Lebo, firstname.lastname@example.org .
My apologies in advance if I am not responding to emails, texts and calls over the next couple of weeks. My focus will be on resting and recuperating. Thanks for sending your positive energy my way.
Love and hugs,