The Importance of Being Informed, Treated with Compassion, and Advocating for Active Surveillance — Nancy Riopel’s Enlightening DCIS Story

“Please, if you take one thing from my experience, consider the importance of being informed and being willing to advocate for the treatment options that you feel are best for you.

I am not DCIS, I am not a ‘tumor’ and I am not just a ‘patient’. I am a mother, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. I am not only a physical being, but the sum of my knowledge and experience, and both an emotional and spiritual being.”

Please click the links below for Nancy’s four part story originally published by Breast Cancer Action, Quebec.


So Much for Informed Consent, or How My Sister Saved My Breast!


How Surgeon Became a Four Letter Word Spelled PTSD


I Am More than a Tumour, How I Regained Control of My Own Journey


It’s hard to stay off the CRAZY TRAIN when so many keep handing you a ticket

Thank you Nancy for sharing your very personal journey. You are an inspiration!

About Donna Pinto

I was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles when I was 12. I graduated with a BA in Journalism/Advertising from San Diego State University. After a short stint in magazine ad sales in LA, I was offered my dream job working for Club Med. I spent two years working at resorts in Mexico, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic and Colorado. My husband Glenn & I met while working at Club Med in Ixtapa, Mexico. We returned to "real life/jobs" for three years before we embarked on a two year honeymoon around the world. Together we wrote a book called "When The Travel Bug Bites: Creative Ways to Earn, Save and Stay Abroad." I am also the author of "Cheatnotes on Life: Lessons From The Classroom of Life," a quote book for new graduates. Becoming a mom changed my life and I was fortunate to work part-time from home with many amazing nonprofits. In 2010, a DCIS diagnosis inspired me to an investigation that culminated in creating DCIS 411 and Give Wellness.
This entry was posted in Health, Options, Personal Stories, Sanity, Support and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to The Importance of Being Informed, Treated with Compassion, and Advocating for Active Surveillance — Nancy Riopel’s Enlightening DCIS Story

  1. Lisa Durham says:

    I would also like to be in touch with women who are refusing standard treatment for ADH/Low Grade DCIS and instead opting for active surveillance. I am from Switzerland.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.