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At this point, I was confused and didn't know what to do; I didn't know anybody else who had gone through something like that so it was just a bit shocking for a few weeks to get used to the idea. I knew it was in an early stage so I wasn't panicking with 'end of the world' thoughts. I just had to figure out what to do to take care of the situation and to get it done as quickly as I can. My twins were in kindergarten and my daughter was going on nine at the time and I had to figure out everything and make it all normal for the sake of my kids.
SHARING IS HEALING
Eight years later, all that anxiety is now just a memory and I feel good about everything. It wasn't easy for about a year because of the number of surgeries involved. Altogether, I think I had probably four procedures - some were minor, but the reconstruction and the mastectomy was quite involved. But in the end, I felt I have the best results.
As life keeps on, the next wave of challenges also continues; my husband James was diagnosed with prostate cancer within the past two months. Not to diminish the emotional burden of this news, but somehow, having undergone this for my own self gave me the unique strength and the perspective to handle this differently. Of course you worry about your spouse and your family all over again, but now I have better perspective and attitude about it-- as far as what cancer support truly means and how the entire cancer existence looks like. What may also make this one a bit more manageable was that his cancer is quite early so we don't feel like it's going to be as heavy an issue in terms of its malignancy. As with any adversity, "we'll just take this on like we tackle everything else... and it'll be okay".
While we were giving each other support that whole time, we heard about the Long Island 2-Day walk which started us into this whole new chapter in our lives about giving back to other cancer patients. She said, "We should do a walk because it helps people on Long Island." I was a little intimidated but with Christine's encouragement, I was certainly up for the challenge.
|Terri Kneitel is our 30+ months|
pacnreatic cancer survivor
|"Our group started out as just me and Christine...|
now we're up to about 30-people strong!"- Jennifer Hunt.
|Samantha (at 7) working at her very first fundraiser for|
Food Allergy Awareness & Research. All shirts carry
her own artwork and she ran the entire booth.
If you start your kids off a certain way, they might just surprise you what remarkable things grow with them. I just can't imagine that it grew to this. When my daughter Samantha was young we used to do a specific fundraiser with our T-shirts based on my sons having food allergies. Because she was a good artist and daddy owned a screen printing shop,
this formed into a creative way to sell something special to raise money for a cause. She started making up all these T-shirt designs and her dad cranked them out and off we went to all the local fairs. I guess we did it for a good three or four years and we raised almost $3,000. She's always been quite good at fundraising and helping people and she still helps me with all our "Fight Like a Girl" projects. Samantha has done the walk since age 11-- she's 18 now and still strong at it! After she graduates she plans on being an art therapist where she can use her art to help people. I'm so proud to see her pursuing this path throughout her college career and her whole life!
"Fight Like a Girl"- fundraising team for LI2DAY
LI2DAY- Fighting Breast Cancer & More
AWARENESS NEWS- AFAC source website
DCIS — Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (ref www.breastcancer.org)
Chaga Mushroom (ref: Wikipedia.org)
Rejuvenate! Wellness Magazine
Best Answer for Cancer
Dr. Jesse A. Stoff- Integrative Cancer Immunologist
BardCancerDiagnostics: Early Detection Program
Modern Pain Relief - Professional Network
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