48 and Feeling Great… Great… Grateful!

Birthday Run at Torrey Pines State Park

Birthday Run at Torrey Pines State Park

Today is my 48th Birthday! My 10 year old son Cody said to me, “there is no way you are 48. Maybe low – mid 30s!”

Thanks Cody for reminding me that age is just a #.  What’s most important is how we feel… and how we feel on the inside can’t help but shine through on the outside.

What I feel today is love and gratitude. I want to thank all the people who have taught me, guided me, encouraged me, supported me and shared the journey with me.  This journey, which began 3.5 years ago, has lead me to an incredibly empowering place…and I can honestly say, it just keeps getting better!

I am often asked about my health and what am I currently doing?

I feel perfect — and I always have. Despite being frightened by well-meaning doctors and surgeons, and despite 3 surgeries, I believe my DCIS situation was a case of OVERdiagnosis and OVERtreatment (Please see my post titled “Overdiagnosis is a BIG problem.”)

I feel fantastic. Lab tests —  stellar.  MRI — clear.  Attitude — grateful.  One thing DCIS brought to my life was a new awareness and understanding of true health. And THAT is the journey I am on now. My diet has remained the same over the last 3 years and so have my supplements. Please see “Health Tips.” I have only added more greens to my smoothies!

I am currently in the process of becoming a “Certified Nutritionist” and I will continue to share what I learn.  I am also collaborating with Sandie Walters on a new DCIS website project which is soon to launch!  We have re-named DCIS to mean “Dilemmas, Choices & Integrative Solutions.”  Stay healthy and stay tuned! 🙂 Donna

About Donna Pinto

I am originally from New Jersey and moved to Los Angeles with my family at age 12. After graduating from San Diego State University with a BA in Journalism, I had a short-stint in magazine advertising sales before landing my "dream job" with Club Med. For two years I worked at resorts in Mexico, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic and Colorado. My husband Glenn & I met in Ixtapa, Mexico and we embarked on a two year honeymoon around the world. This was also a research project for a book we wrote called "When The Travel Bug Bites: Creative Ways to Earn, Save and Stay Abroad." I am also the author of a quote book for new graduates -- "Cheatnotes on Life: Lessons From The Classroom of Life." In 1997, we settled in San Diego and I was blessed to work part-time from home for non-profit organizations while raising our two boys. In 2010, a DCIS diagnosis changed my life. DCIS 411 is the culmination of my on-going journey and discoveries.
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4 Responses to 48 and Feeling Great… Great… Grateful!

  1. alwaysmile says:

    Happy Birthday Donna! You look fabulous! I want to thank you again for the wonderful website and it is has been so helpful to me,as a newly diagnosed DCISer. I found everything on this website is so resourceful and I connected with Sandie and some of DCIS friends as well via this website. they also have been so sharing, caring and supportive. I also want to thank you for the call and all the emails you have sent you, addressing my questions, with your own experiences. you are truly wonderful. I will be looking forward to your new website, am sure it will be another wonderful site that will help many DCIS sisters, by the way, love the NAME, so clever 🙂


    • Donna Pinto says:

      Thank you “alwaysmile” for your beautiful and sweet message. It brings me great joy to know I am helping you and other women navigate through the difficult dilemmas that a DCIS diagnosis brings. We are truly sisters! May we continue to shine our lights and support one another! Much love and blessings, Donna


  2. kat says:

    Happy Healthy 48th Birthday Donna! You look like a vibrant energetic and spiritually joyful teenager! They say 70’s is the new 30’s…so obviously with the way you have been taking such good care of your health, you’ll always look and feel as young and healthy as you truly are from the inside out! Thank you for all your research and helpful updated information on your website to help those like me that have been diagnosed with DCIS…and for giving us the options and resources to remain cancer-free! Blessings and Light on your very special day of celebration with continued good health, love and joy on your life’s journey…and thank you for selflessly sharing your knowledge with others!


  3. dp4peace says:

    Thank you so much “kat!” A vibrant energetic and spiritually joyful teenager is about the best compliment anyone could ask for!!! Thanks for taking the time to read my posts and for adding fuel to this important conversation! Keep healthy and keep in touch! Donna


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