The Journey of My Life

Dr. Jackie explains how her diagnosis has lead to her "Mother Teresa-like" life.

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!

For several years, I have supported a local organization "It's the Journey." It's The Journey, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization that raises funds and awareness for the state Georgia. There is an annual two-day walk in October, and I participated in their anniversary ceremony. Kari, Mariah, Quad, Simone, and Toya were sponsors of the walk last year. Mariah and Quad even participated in the walk. It was an incredible feeling to be among survivors and supporters. Simone was only attended the closing ceremony because she was on medical call.

Breast cancer can affect anyone; my medical degree did not exempt me.

And then there was my "50 Shades of Pink Breast Cancer Luncheon"! I sponsored a luncheon for fifty courageous survivors. Seeing the women strutting on the pink carpet. . .laughing and sharing their story, is a feeling I will never forget. In early 2013, I established the 50 Shades of Pink Foundation to treat the inner and outer beauty needs of breast cancer survivors.

I am glad that the viewers get to see why I choose to live this life. Sorry no drinking, smoking, fatty foods, or extra stress; my life may depend on it.

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Mariah Is Ready to Plant New Seeds

Mariah is over this "shady grove" but does thank some of the ladies for their honesty and friendship.

The season is finally over and Lakeisha "Mariah" HuQ is still standing! #Yaaassss

Baby I was on the hit list this season. LOL! Well I'm still here, and please know I'll be the first to tell you when I decide to BOW out gracefully. #SideEye

Regardless of what was said on the Reunion each and everyone of the ladies know I am invested in this show, and they have known my position from day one. I have apologized for many things, but I will not apologize for withholding intricate details about my ownership.

The Reunion Part 2 did not disappoint. We are still in the Shady Grove, and amongst a very shady group. . .LOL!

Let's just start with Heavenly. Heavenly: You are a very strong, opinionated, and independent woman. I find it hard to believe that you would be swayed by anyone! NOW the swaying may actually come from your "special coffee." (Wink, wink.)

Lisa Nicole: Too bad we never really had a chance to get to know one another. You seem like a great spa pal! I wish you the best. (Nodding). Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. . .

Toya: Did you not learn anything from last season? KIDS ARE OFF LIMITS!

Quad: I wish you well with your future endeavors.

Jackie: I was never offended by anything you said. I simply wanted to know your true perspective. It almost seems that you are inhibited from showing true objectivity. Not voicing any opinion leaves the impression that you co-signed into all the negativity. From my perspective, your shade was from a different type of tree. I call it the hidden bush. #ShadeTree

Simone: Regardless of what others say, I do feel as though you have been a great friend. Thank you.

This has definitely been the shadiest grove I have ever encountered, but the one thing I have learned is to recognize a tree by the fruit it bears. #BitterFruit #SourApples #Sweet&Juicy #NotRipeOrReady #Ripe&Right #RottenTotheCore

Time to plant new seeds or grow another grove!

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