Patient Perspective: Celia
Four years ago, I was watching an NFL game in October. Being in the marketing field, I mentioned to my husband how remarkable it is that Breast Cancer Awareness had grown into such a movement that even football players wear pink. A week later I felt a lump in my right breast. Because of all the Breast Cancer campaigning happening, a little voice told me that I should have this checked out. It was probably a cyst, I thought. I was only 41…
It turned out to be Stage 2 and I had the option of a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. I chose a bilateral mastectomy so I wouldn’t have to live with the fear of the cancer returning. After 5 grueling months of treatment, I was cancer free! I had a Pink Party and celebrated with my family and friends. I thought I could just pick up my life where I left off.
Two years later, I was in the midst of divorcing, starting a new life and looking forward to a new journey when a routine exam found a rogue lymph node. Here we go again… surgery, chemo and this time radiation for good measure. That’s where TurningPoint came into my life. My oncologist recommended physical therapy in advance of radiation as a preventative treatment to counteract any potential side effects. My PT’s weren’t just my “physical” therapists, they were like real therapists! They made me feel comfortable, made me laugh and made me look forward to coming to treatment every week! The entire staff at TurningPoint made me feel well cared for and welcome.
TurningPoint is just that – a place where I made a choice to put myself and my health first, with the help of some extraordinary people. I am Grateful and Blessed for this experience.