Thank you so much for visiting our little charity site! I am thrilled to be leading such a great cause close to my heart. Life has taken on new meaning for me after surviving the devastating effect of breast cancer. My wonderful friend, Kristina Mete who founded Blessed Bag, gave me this amazing gift to help others that are traveling the same journey I did years ago. After much thought, I decided to add a blog page to our website with the hope that my experience with the cancer journey can help others. I’m going to begin at my journey and work my way through until the present.
There are some things in life you never want to hear and one of those are hearing the words, “you have cancer”. I would’ve never in a million years thought I would face a cancer diagnosis at 39 years young. I was always in excellent health – an avid fitness fanatic, yearly physicals, and a somewhat healthy eater. That all changed back in the Fall of 2010 when I had my yearly gynecologist checkup. A year prior, I had a stellar executive physical, so much so, that the doctor told me that I will be healthy well into my 90’s. That’s when I realized that no one can ever predict your future, especially a doctor.
In January, I started to have intermittent pain in my right breast which I just chalked up to typical woman issues. It started to get progressively worse by the time I had my gynecologist checkup in October of 2010. When I told my doctor about the pain, she immediately said “cancer doesn’t cause pain”. I wasn’t even thinking the pain could be related to cancer, what is she talking about??? As she did her exam, she felt a lump and said “we will need to get you scheduled for an ultrasound and mammogram but I’m thinking it’s just muscle build up”. I walked out of her office dumbfounded, a lump? What does that mean? This can’t happen to me, I have no family history of breast cancer and I am very happy at this point in my life! Cancer can’t be in my body, it’s just not possible, but it was…..