On this day, January 19, 2010 — 12 years ago — I was given a diagnosis that brought my happy life to a screeching halt.
I had never heard of DCIS before, but from the moment a nurse told me about the aggressive treatment protocols, I knew something was not right.
I read an article about a proposed treatment option called “active surveillance.” This emboldened me to refuse all the “standard of care” treatments.
At the same time I became fascinated with stories, books, articles and films about holistic ways to reduce cancer risk and improve health. I became a passionate student of “food as medicine” — and in 2013, I received a Certification in Nutrition.
Most importantly what I learned over the last 12 years was this:
True health is more than just high quality organic plant-based food, filtered water and daily exercise. A healthy disease-free life revolves around a mindset. It’s not something most oncologists and healthcare providers are knowledgeable about. One has to go outside of the mainstream medical box and dig deeper within themselves. I made a “Wheel of Healing” that included everything I felt was important to my health and well-being…
I understand how overwhelming it can feel in the beginning after a scary diagnosis. But I also know for sure that this can serve as a wake-up call. It did for me. And while my path is not for everyone, the journey it took me on is one that I am grateful for each and every day.
I created my website DCIS 411 in 2011 in hopes of helping even one person seeking answers and support outside of the mainstream medical box. It warms my heart to know I have made a difference in so many lives. I am truly grateful for the wonderful friendships I have developed along the way.
The time I spend writing, working as a patient advocate, and sharing insights in support groups is my way of paying forward the love and wisdom I received when I was scared and in need of guidance.
I created a nonprofit called Give Wellness inspired by my friend and amazing researcher Sandie Walters who co-founded DCIS Redefined with me in 2013. Some of my Recipes for Wellness can be found here.
Over the years I have tried to simplify all the information and frequently asked questions. I created a FAQ page as well as a BREAST WELLNESS CHECKLIST and a RESOURCE CARD for women diagnosed with DCIS. Both can be downloaded…
Lastly, I always encourage people to find a like-minded tribe/support group. Links for DCIS support groups I created or am involved with can be found under Resources.
Words could never express the gratitude I feel for all that I have learned as well as all the wonderful people who have helped or supported me in one way or another over the last 12 years.
Due to the loss of both of my parents over the last two years, I have not had too much time or energy for writing blog posts or keeping up with my passion projects. One of my goals for 2022 is to work on a book as well as create short educational videos.
I hope to connect more with many of you in 2022. You can “Follow” my blog by entering your email address if you’d like to receive an email when I publish new posts. Feel free to leave a comment below, follow me on Twitter, or send me an email. My contact info is here.
With peace, love, gratitude and blessings,
January 19, 2022