BENEFITING: Gildas Club-Metro Detroit
EVENT DATE: Sep 27, 2014
I was married for only three months when I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. I am the mother to two sons, Christopher and Hayden, who were only 19 and 10 at the time. I became a step-mom to four girls, Katie, Samantha, Lacey and Nicole. What a scary situation when you are newly married. A blended family is hard enough with a new marriage, let alone the diagnosis of cancer. My doctors recommended chemo treatment prior to surgery. I worked full time during my chemo treatments followed by various surgeries. My surgeon wanted to do a lumpectomy on my right breast, but I told her that wasn’t how I play. “Go big or go home” is my motto. After much research, I opted for a bilateral mastectomy. I was not going to deal with this ever again! Being bald is not fun! Enduring chemo treatment is worse. I stuck by my choice and am happy that I did. I have been asked many times to talk to someone newly diagnosed. I do not sugar coat anything. I tell it like it is. It’s tough… you’ll be sick, your body will be scarred, you will be bald from chemo or burned from radiation and your friends and family will feel helpless as they watch you fight for your life. Stay strong! No one knows what you are going through other than a sister of breast cancer…but you will prevail.
Now, I live every day to the fullest. I still work full time, but I also make sure I do the things that I love. I spend time at my cottage in Canada. I love to paint antique furniture and make something dusty and old look beautiful again. I cherish my time spent with family and friends. I go to concerts as much as possible, like to read, and love my Detroit Lions. I can’t wait to get my tickets for next season!!