Lions, Tigers and Fears — the Cultural Problem of DCIS

There’s a hysteria around breast cancer. The extremism that sometimes comes into play in DCIS treatment decision making is a ‘cultural problem.’ This is not a life-threatening problem.”   – Dr. Anne Partridge, MD, MPH, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Shock + Scary Statistics + What ifs + Treatment Controversies + Confusion + Uncertainty + FEAR

Is all this necessary?

Absolutely NOT!!

I took the time to understand and analyze my particular DCIS diagnosis.

I sought out expert 2nd, 3rd and 4th opinions.

I found support from other women with similar feelings about treatment risks for DCIS.

I became empowered with information

Overcoming the FEAR of cancer initiating, progressing or recurring is truly the greatest hurdle following a diagnosis of DCIS.

Check out my “DCIS Wheel of Support” drawing I made quite a while ago…

Wishing you all peace, love and support!


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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