After battling breast cancer I realized that I would do everything possible to avoid a recurrence. I began with extensive research to better understand the causes which led to certain lifestyle changes I have made. I also realized the support I received during my ordeal was invaluable and I felt compelled to share my information and experience in order to help others. From beginning to end of my journey, I had an incredible team of doctors who empowered me to take control of the situation. When faced with a life threatening disease, you can acquire amazing strength if have a solid plan and strong team behind you. That team should have your best interests in mind as you are a patient, not a statistic and it is my mission to ensure that all women have this opportunity in their battle.
I created this company as I have encountered many women who have been disappointed with the care received and I also found that many women did not have a family member or close friend who could see them through the process. I realized there was a great need for advocacy. I also know that it is not enough just to beat cancer, so I help women to repair and prepare their bodies for a life of wellness.
A cancer diagnosis is devastating to most women and having an advocate along the way can make a huge difference in their ensuing battle. I have been successful in helping woman better understand their diagnoses and treatment options and in helping them choose the right team and path for treatment. This includes accompanying them on visits to the doctor where I take notes and ensure the tough questions get asked. I know firsthand, that under these circumstances, it is very difficult to concentrate on all that a doctor is saying. Once team and treatment plans are chosen, we work together through the process. I feel strongly that no woman should have to face cancer alone.
A cancer diagnosis leaves one so very vulnerable, not only to the illness, but also to the people all around her. Friends often think they are helpful when criticizing a chosen treatment plan. Many women choose not even to discuss with friends their choice for surgery, as surely some friends will be adamant about mastectomy and others lumpectomy, and this is terribly unfair to the patient. It is for us and us alone to choose and be confident with a path chosen. Doubt is not a healthy thing, but is ever-present. However, again, it is unfair of others to cast doubt or offer opinions. Given all the options today, we have many decisions to make. We may choose conventional, alternative or a combination of both, and within each modality, there are yet more options. I always say that when a friend or loved one is diagnosed, support is essential, information is helpful, but advice is often unwanted or unacceptable. As an unbiased advocate, I listen to your needs, concerns and preferences and support you throughout the journey and beyond.
There is nothing simple about battling cancer, and you don’t have to go it alone. Discover how you can take a greater role in choosing the best treatment and team, and find the help you need. I help women diagnosed with cancer navigate the process of treatment and care, and coach in prevention to avoid recurrence and new cancers.
I live in New York City with my wonderful husband and two fabulous little boys who give me strength and encouragement every day.