Seven months after my mammogram, at age 49, I became concerned about a warm rash on my right breast. My doctor ordered an immediate mammogram and a biopsy that determined I had Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Stage 2.
Blindsided and overwhelmed, one week later I started chemotherapy treatment [eight rounds every three weeks]. After chemo I elected to have a bilateral mastectomy, followed by radiation. As a single mother of two and working full time as a Librarian – those were hard and challenging times, softened only by the support of amazing co-workers that donated their sick days to me so I could get the rest I needed.
That was 21 Years ago! I attribute my survival to a great group of doctors that really cared about me, a positive attitude, and faith.
For anyone undergoing different treatments, I highly recommend self-care. As women we take care of our family and others, but we need this time to deal with our diagnosis, tap into our inner strength, realize our limitations and listen to our bodies.
I am a free spirit. I love people and for me giving back is therapeutic. I have participated in Relay for Life, facilitated Book Clubs and in times past have been an advocate of Cancer Services inspiring other survivors to Be Your Own Advocate.
I have an active lifestyle these days. I really enjoy the Red Hat Society. I teach Kid’s Sunday School and participate in my church choir. I relax by watching all things sports from Colorado where I am from – football, basketball, baseball and hockey.
I have been a customer of Elegant Profile since 2007 and my personal fitter is Kim Bullins, who has become like family. The entire team at Elegant Profile have always been very caring and professional, taking care of all my needs.
All of us at Elegant Profile would like to give a warm thanks to Genny for sharing her inspiring story,
inner strength and positivity.