Patient Perspective: Jeanette
I was diagnosed in February 2016 at age 64 with a triple negative, metaplastic carcinoma in my left breast. My children were terrified and my motto became “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass . . . it’s about learning to dance in the rain” (Vivian Green). A tremendous support system, my faith, and my family helped me through 16 grueling rounds of chemotherapy (and all that goes with it) and four surgeries, including a double mastectomy.
I have three adult children, two boys and a girl, and 13 grandchildren. My children are close and are part of a blended family, with a total of seven children, four additional girls, and three additional grandchildren. I work as an operations manager for a community based organization, the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia. I sit on the local Ryan White HIV Services Planning Committee and Chair the Assessment Committee of that body. Before cancer treatment (and during) I participated in walks and runs. Walking is my primary form of exercise and I enjoy working with wood and repairing, refinishing and repurposing old pieces.
Life interrupted has been the major issue. Of course, there have been multiple and ongoing side effects from the chemicals, some quite painful, but the most significant impact has been the constant re-adjusting. Your life totally changes when you receive a diagnosis of cancer. Based on the type of cancer I had, I went immediately into treatment, with no time to let things sink in. The only thing that could be predicted was change. So, I instantly had to construct a new normal for myself, and then again, a new one after that. Since treatment ended, I’ve been hit hard with some other medical issues… gotta keep “dancing in the rain.”
The cancer treatments helped me get past the cancer but TurningPoint helped me get back to my life! The physical therapy eased my discomfort and pain. The therapists were amazing and personable and provided clarity on some of the medical issues. They helped me put things in perspective and align my expectations appropriately. The exercises they taught helped me regain movement and rebuild body confidence. TurningPoint made a huge difference. It’s almost 30 miles from my home but well worth the drive!