It’s pretty unusual to meet a breast cancer survivor who doesn’t remember the exact details of receiving her diagnosis. Mine was on February 27, 2013 at 1:43 in the afternoon. I’ve since been told that the sequence of 1,4,3 means I Love You (based on the number of letters in the words). And believe me, you need a message like that to go along with the emotional wallop associated with a breast cancer diagnosis.

At the time, I was working full time in my profession as a hair stylist. Little did I know I would face 7 surgeries, 16 rounds of chemo and 28 radiation treatments. I also tested positive for the breast cancer gene, which prompted my hysterectomy along the way.

After the first surgery, I found that I was experiencing limitations in raising my arms, felt like I was in a too-tight scuba suit and experienced reduced overall stamina, but I didn’t know if that was normal or not. Within a one week period, I heard about TurningPoint from a friend and then from a doctor, and realized there was somewhere to go for help. What I didn’t know at the time was how bad my posture was and how much help I really needed.

TurningPoint has changed my life. I didn’t know what normal was before I came to TurningPoint or how badly I needed physical therapy. I have received encouragement, information, tips and an overwhelming amount of support from everyone I have encountered in my Physical Therapy, Counseling and Massage care. I plan to meet with the TP Dietitian soon to learn some tips on nutrition.   The Financial Assistance program has enabled me to get the help that I need, because in my profession, I don’t have medical insurance.

I don’t have the words to express how much TurningPoint has given me. I hope to be able to give back in gratitude for what I have received.