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.

PART 1:

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

PART 2:

How Surgeon Became a Four Letter Word Spelled PTSD

PART 3:

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

PART 4:

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 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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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.

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