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Case Study of An Impossible Reconstruction

Diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer that spread, on March 20, 2009 I underwent a 7 hour surgery at UCLA. They performed a radical mastectomy and found cancer in both my minor and major pectoral muscles, as well as in 20 lymph nodes. I had a year of chemo and radiation. All that was left of me was burned skin and bone. I was told I would never be reconstructed because I was too damaged.

November 25, 2009, I was told the cancer had spread to my lungs and I was terminal. Sent home to die, I set out to live. I founded the Face of Cancer based upon my own experience of having Hope taken from me...

Having my hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, breasts, pectoral muscles, lymph nodes, and health all taken from me was enough to cause anyone to feel as though they might give up and give in to the cancer. To make matters worse, I was abandoned by my significant other shortly after my cancer diagnosis. A single mother of four, with my youngest only 3 years old at the time, I had lost the life I knew, and found little hope in any chance of ever being "normal" again.

Over 20 surgeries later, and 7 years since being sent home to die, I am reconstructed and now spend my time speaking to other women inspiring them to never, never, never give up HOPE.

My dream is to inspire women to fight to live by manufacturing HOPE and reuniting them with their sense of femininity during and after an aggressive battle with cancer. I hope you will join me in celebrating life and spreading the message that anything is possible. Join "The Face of Cancer" as we lift up women, and the people who love them as they battle this insidious disease.