As soon as I turned 40 I went for an annual exam and mammogram and before I knew it, I was assigned to a breast cancer surgeon. I had chemo and radiation and chose lumpectomy. That was in 2008, it was stage 1 cancer and I’m happy to say I’m cancer free today.
Sometimes, as women, we love to be the caregiver and can have a hard time processing being helped. But you can’t go through this alone. For me, that support person was my sister-in-law. She came with me to all my medical appointments and she inspired me to keep a journal. The journal became a book, and when it became so popular it grew into a foundation. The book is called “Touch and Agree” and that’s also the name of the foundation.
I witnessed patients who had the same type treatment I did but whose insurance didn’t completely cover the cost of their medications. One of my children’s teachers shared with me that she had tapped out her savings paying for medications that her insurance didn’t cover. I knew there was a need for resources and the Touch N Agree Foundation helps women to cover those costs. I work as a senior customer service representative for Independence Blue Cross. I help people to understand their benefits and help them with their billing questions. I like to travel, especially to any place with a beach. My favorite spot is Cocoa Beach in Orlando, Florida.
Before I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I never would have thought that I could go through something like that. I learned just how strong I really am.