Pink Shoe Warrior Alicia DeBlasio

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By:  Alicia DeBlasio – 10/31/13

My breast cancer journey began in August of 2009. I had a routine mammography several months prior but while in the shower I felt a lump that had previously been biopsied, and it felt different. I was about 4 months from my next mammography and was 42 years old. Thankfully I decided to see my ob/gyn who ordered a mammography and an ultrasound. Which they decided yes there was something there and it was BIG! A biopsy was scheduled right away. A few days later it was my daughter’s 15th birthday and we were on our way to the beach and I saw the hospital number come up on my cell phone. I immediately pulled! over onto the side of the highway and got the worst news. It is CANCER. I had a car full of kids and had to forge on. Detoured to a friends house dropped them all off and raced to the dr.’s office for more information. It was then a whirlwind of doctor appointments and testing. It all happened very quickly and I had a double mastectomy in October followed by chemo therapy beginning in November. I had 16 weeks of dense dose chemotherapy. I lost my breasts, my hair, my eyelashes, my eyebrows and yes hair anywhere else. But I did not lose my will to live! I fought hard to stay positive and be strong. I had 2 children to live, my son was 10 and my daughter had just turned 15. It was Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma with no lymph node involvement. But I did have 2 large tumors in the cancerous breast. I underwent a few reconstructive surgeries after treatment was all over and now have implants and skin graft nipples. They look as good as can be expected I imagine. I take my tamoxifen everyday and most likely will be on that for 10 years. The diagnosis of breast cancer is truly life changing. But there are times I do see it is a blessing. I have learned to live life to the fullest for tomorrow is not a guarantee for anyone. I try to make memories with my amazing husband, children, and friends when I can. I have changed my diet, I no longer eat red meat, no dairy, no sugar, no white carbs. I eat lots of greens, raw and cooked, fruits, smoothies, green tea and try to exercise several times a week. Cancer happens, life happens, unfortunately to me but I am one of the lucky ones… I am here to share my story with you. And hope to remain here for a long time. Be strong, stay positive and never ever give up.

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