This week the viewers are able to witness something that is very near and dear to my heart. In 2004, I found myself on the opposite end of the diagnosis. My colleague informed me I had breast cancer and would have to have a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation. Four years later, I had to hear those words again "breast cancer," and I had to undergo a double mastectomy. The breast cancer diagnosis would change my life forever.
I know that there are some viewer and even cast members that think I am a "prude." That's just not true; I love to have fun. I had no family history of breast cancer so how did it choose me? That will always be an unanswered question. I am determined to live everyday healthy to keep my diagnosis in the past and not present. I don't drink alcohol, smoke, or overindulge in fatty foods. Not because I'm "Mother Teresa-like," but because that increases my chances of reoccurrence.
I had amazing support during this difficult time. Dr. Simone was a part of the support group. She went to appointments with me and consoled me as I cried uncontrollably. She has been a true friend. Simone and I laughed and cried together. Doctors do have emotions!