This site is dedicated to all the courageous women who have made the difficult journey that lead them to have a prophylactic mastectomy. Thank you for showing me that another option exists and to take control of my destiny.
To my “breast sisters” from the Facebook group page, “prophylactic mastectomy.” You gave your wisdom and your heart when I needed you most. Your words were so comforting and I am forever grateful.
To Lisa Sousa… my spunky little partner.. You made me feel confident in telling my most intimate worries without fear. You made me realize that mixing tears of laughter with tears of pain can make a wonderful elixir for life! I’m so blessed to have found you!
To Dr. Jerome Naftalis for being my “compass.” Thanks for helping me to keep things in perspective.
To Dr. Leitch for your tireless dedication to helping women navigate the perils of high risk breast disease or cancer.
To Dr. Steven Harms, a small town boy from Arkansas who’s mother had breast cancer. You wanted to find a way to help women battle this insidious disease. Thank you for your countless hours of research in developing the 3D Rodeo Breast MRI scanner. Your efforts have and will continue to save countless women around the world!
To Drs’ Cross and Stacy for being the most amazing surgeons. Your words of re-assurance and excellent skills as a team were key to quick healing of my mind and body. Thank you to your staff. Never underestimate the fact that they are your best advocates. They are the ones who look first into our faces and see the fear when you leave the room. They are the first ones to encourage and to share stories of great success. They made me know that I could do this…and I would be OK.
To my mother, Kay who went with me to doctors appointments, who drove twice a day to change bandages and made my favorite childhood comfort foods. Thank you for making me independent and strong when times are tough.
To my dad, Hugh who sent me rainbows from heaven and songs from the craziest places when I needed them most.
To my sisters, Kelly and Karen and my brother, Rich for your support. I always know your love is unconditional.
To my daughters, Mary and Whitney who pitched in and helped with cleaning, tree trimming, wrapping and cooking during your first Christmas as newlyweds.
To my precious “Sista”/cousin Vance who held my hand on countless winter days. Thank you for cooking, cleaning, and watching hours of old movies. Thank you for making me laugh so hard I thought my stitches would burst! Once again, without asking… you stepped up.
To countless friends and neighbors with words of encouragement and love…You know who you are… I thank you.
To my husband who actually vacuumed, washed countless loads of clothes and emptied the dishwasher and is still alive to talk about it. You were amazing! I know now how scared you were… and how proud you are of me. You are my heart….my life….my love.
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