Years ago, when I was diagnosed with dense breast tissue.
I realized the importance of yearly mammograms;
during the most recent exam they identified
an invasive lobular cancerous tumor to
my left breast. Being “high risk”, I had an MRI
resulting in the finding of an invasive ductal cancer
to my right breast. A decision was made for a
double mastectomy. Once I was able to process
this devastating news and the with the help of my
husband and mother, we began research; we read
literature and viewed numerous media sites. We
were confused and felt lost, we didn’t know where
else to turn.
This is when I really felt alone. I was a
drift. I had two choices…stay afloat or sink.
I pulled myself up into my personal life raft and
asked every woman I met, “Do you know anyone
who has had cancer?” These women shared their
story, or gave me contact to families and friends.
With these strong women, I found support and
I am so grateful for every one of you!
During surgery, two months following the
diagnosis, the doctor’s found both cancers
doubled in size; one tumor growing into my skin
and a third cancerous tumor formed. Because of
the complications, I was to remain in bed; I tried
hard to keep my spirits high. Once my restrictions
were reduced, I personally visited a cancer foundation for support. Soon after I received a call
from another organization offering a walk---never
to directly hear from either of them again. I was shocked!
I knew what I needed…a safe, non-judgmental, non-
threatening, all-encompassing environment for
companionship and hope, with activities I could
tolerate and services to improve my quality of life,
but couldn’t find one.
This is when Harbor of Hope Women’s Cancer
Foundation was formed, with the promise to
provide a safe harbor of hope and comfort for
women affected by cancer at the onset…
through the journey.