"I wanted to do something for the men and women who were being left behind the pink ribbon."
On Memorial Day weekend of 2013, I attended a party and explained to one of my dearest friends that I was waiting for the results of a breast biopsy that was performed after I found a lump in my left breast. The following week on June 4, 2013, my radiologist called me with the news that I indeed have breast cancer. All I could think about was getting the cancer out of my body!
I was one month shy of my 40th birthday when I was diagnosed, and unfortunately, already all too familiar with visits to medical specialist. My youngest son was born with an extremely rare chromosome deletion in 2005. This condition was the cause of Michael being born deaf/blind. He would later experience developmental delays and Epilepsy. I had spent the past 7 years visiting specialist and learning the importance of educating myself on his medical condition. It became very clear that asking the right questions as well as seeking second opinions was very important!
I started Twisted Pink in June 2014 after I had completed chemotherapy, radiation and several surgeries. I wanted to do something for the men and women who were being left behind the pink ribbon, which has become a symbol for awareness & a cure!
Several of the friends I made during my treatment had been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer after being in remission for years. I was interested in learning why they were experiencing metastasis after the 5 year survival rate that most people deem the “cancer free” anniversary!