I was diagnosed with breast cancer in April of 2018 and was totally taken by surprise. Not having any family history of breast cancer. I definitely have my gynecologist, Dr. Karen Smith, to thank for the cancer being found. She always has me have an ultrasound and that is how they found the cancer in my lymph nodes under my right arm. 8
Lucky for me I have an amazing team of doctors. Dr. Kohli my breast surgeon, Dr. Sharon my oncologist and Dr. Sim my radiation oncologist. After having 25 lymph nodes removed under my right arm 5 of them had cancer. I met with my oncologist and he suggested that I do 8 rounds of chemo since they did not know where the cancer originated from. Chemo treatments were difficult and losing my hair was the worst part of it. After 8 chemo treatments I did 5 and 1/2 weeks of radiation. My treatments ended on December 31, 2018. Was super excited to start 2019 cancer free!
I told my girlfriends what I was going through and that I was going to start chemo. Knowing how much I love sushi, they organized a dinner at one of my favorite sushi places so I could have sushi one last time before chemo. Their support was invaluable and so very much appreciated.
I had such great support during my chemo treatments. About 2 months after I started chemo I was having a pretty dark day and I decided to look into Mary's Place by the Sea. I was able to get a weekend stay in September 2018 and it completely turned my journey around. The minute I walked in I was enveloped in love and the women I met were so amazing. I had the pleasure of staying with Jackie, Elaine and Felicia. We are still in touch to this day. I did a reiki session, a group therapy session and a one on one therapy session. Maria led a wonderful meditation session and I also did some yoga, Each morning I would take a walk on the boardwalk and really enjoy being so close to the ocean. I am so thankful that I was able to stay at Mary's Place.
Please help me support such an amazing organization that helps women during every step of their cancer journeys. The love and support that they show each woman that walks through their doors is incredible and so inspiring.