A perspective on Life, family and fighting cancer for the second time
I found out in late November 2019 that I have stage 1 breast cancer. I am BRCA 2+ and had a mastectomy with reconstruction 10 years ago. I am in the 10% of women who can get breast cancer post mastectomy. My breast cancer is triple positive – which requires chemotherapy and one year of Herceptin and a phase of radiation.
The Stephanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center at OSU has been amazing. My doctor and the entire team go above and beyond on a regular basis.
I am finished with chemotherapy and radiation. I am continuing Herceptin infusions, an antibody treatment, every three weeks in Columbus. I have 1 more infusion to go and then I am finished with treatment. It is hard to believe. This year has gone by so fast, yet so slow at the same time.
I have made significant changes to my diet that have brought a lot of healing to my digestive system. The book “The Plant Paradox” by Gundry was very helpful for me. The changes I have made based on the suggestions have helped me recover. I have also recently cut out gluten and I’m feeling even better with that change. Thankfully, there are so many gluten alternatives out there, so I feel like I have a jlot of options. I found an amazing gluten free brownie recipe, so I am good!
I’m seeing a Dr. who is helping me with the recovery process from chemotherapy. He specializes in helping cancer patients rebuild their health after treatment. Still love my team at the James though. They have been incredibly supportive. I am enrolled in the Survivorship program that focuses on my holistic health and well being after treatment. I love the team I am working with there. They think about how cancer affects every area of my life and provide support for whatever I need. I have grown to love the people who are taking care of me there.