First of all, I would like to say thank you so much for including me in your event!! The doctors’ panel was very educational as well as the modeling of the bras and all the different types for woman with mastectomies.
I felt so empowered as I left with tears in my eyes, happy tears of course!! I have felt so down about myself after gaining 25lbs on chemo, a double mastectomy leaving me with battle scars, and a hysterectomy due to my BRCA1+ gene. It was not easy to get in a bra a walk across a stage in front of all those people, yet it felt so good!!
The Elemental thermal bra was very comfortable and I put it to the true test!! I’ve been having issues sitting at my sons ice hockey games (which are many as he is on a travel team!) as I would have an uncomfortable sensation on my chest. After a few times I realized it was my breast were so cold, they hurt!! Well, I tried my new elemental thermal at a game the very next n stood up close to the ice where it’s very cold and my breast remained warm the whole game and I was not in any discomfort!! As a mom who missed so much while going through my battle, I’m happy to say, I won’t be missing anymore games due to being too cold and uncomfortable!!
Thank you again for all you do for our #unBRCAble community
My name is Cindy and I’m 40 years old. I’m a wife, I’m a mother to our two small children, Tyler and Jaisyn, I’m a daughter, I’m a Nurse Practitioner (board certified in aesthetics and have more than 10 years experience), and now I’m a breast cancer survivor.
I woke up on Monday, February 19, 2018 never thinking that this would be the day that would forever change my life, in more ways than one. I felt a lump in my breast and knew right away something was very wrong. I felt physically sick to my stomach. The next 10 days were a whirlwind, as I had a port placed (which is how the chemo was given to me), and began my 1st chemo the very next day. I knew that I would lose my hair, but I wasn’t prepared for it to happen so fast. The day after my second chemo treatment I came home from work and took my hair clip out and along with it was half my head of hair. I took this opportunity to embrace my journey and we held a little Shave and “GO PINK’ for breast cancer party at my house. My children along with some very amazing friends dyed their hair pink while mine was being shaved off by my daughter!!
During this time home and recovering from weekly chemo treatments, I decided to become board Certified in Aesthetics and began my journey to open my own business.
On Friday, August 10, 2018 I finished my last of sixteen doses of Chemotherapy. Five long months of grueling chemo treatments DONE!! I walked into my doctor’s office and rang the bell of victory!! While my journey was far from over, I was in the moment and enjoyed it!
I was given five short weeks to recover before undergoing a double radical mastectomy along with reconstruction, which I had on September 19. While I only took a few shorts weeks to recover from my 1st surgery, I jumped right into the next one. On October 26, I had total hysterectomy (yes, all of my girl parts removed and taken away!!).
It’s hard to express in words how difficult this journey has been not just on me, but on everyone that loves me. Cancer doesn’t just affect the patient, it affects the immediate family and friends as well as those around us the love is enough to go through it all with us!! Our family and friends pitched in where they could; bringing us meals, picking up the kids, and rallying around us anyway they could to help out.
It’s equally as hard to express how breast cancer transformed our lives for the better. My family and I truly have a deepened appreciation for life, for each other and for all those that love us. We all learned that we’re far stronger then we ever knew and together we are a force to be reckoned with. I learned to let people do things for me without feeling guilty. This diagnosis brought new and wonderful people into my life that I may not have otherwise would not have met.
After 5 long months of chemo, and it being what I thought was the most difficult time in my life!! My recent surgeries and needing self care around the clock for a full week for both surgeries and not being able to drive has made me absolutely crazy!!
Breast Cancer, I know you can clearly see what you took from me mentally, physically, n emotionally (besides my hair, eyelashes, n eyebrows) those will grow back…
I just want to say Thank you breast cancer for showing me so much love, faith, and support from my family n friends!! Thank you for instilling in me gratitude, appreciation, patience, humility, compassion. Thank you Cancer for giving me the courage to share my story and help others on this difficult journey, it will be my honor to help others kick your ASS
And most of all thank you LORD for giving me the strength, determination n perseverance from within to keep fighting the fight.