BY Patrizza E. Jimenez
After 10 surgeries and more than 12 biopsies— my grueling experience with high-grade ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) has taught me to understand that this is a heterogeneous disease and more research needs to be done based on the biological characteristics, not the mechanics.
My disease is also multi-centric based on pathology. I’m hoping future research will segregate each grade that falls under DCIS. I feel that people suffering from DCIS need to do their own research and determine what is best for them, what they can live with and hopefully have a well-rounded medical team that can recommend treatment tailored specifically to their diagnosis, grade, medical history and biological makeup.
Since my grueling surgeries, 2 years later— instead of putting my energy into this disease and the ongoing battle with it, I focus on the positive, leaving the ordinary and taking on the extraordinary through thick and thin.
I’m currently on a solo 10,000 mile plus 25 state road trip with my emotional support kitty named Cookie
. I have decided to live my life to its fullest and even extend my road trip in my travel trailer for another 4 months, exploring more states the way I want to.
I’ve been traveling the US on this much needed personal journey, taking on the world with a “Can Do” mentality, traveling fearlessly and intelligently, building up confidence and acquiring independence, as I get stronger day by day.
Why wait years to travel and see the world after physically and mentally recovering from the brutal surgeries from early breast cancer? Life is SHORT
. Live it FULLY
Since traveling, my mindset has done a 180-degree turn. I no longer relive the nightmare of having the surgeries, nor feeling the phantom pain that remains after the nipple-sparing mastectomy. I focus on what needs to be done to keep me happy. I am getting stronger physically day by day, not only helping myself but finding a purpose in helping others by sharing the story of my journey. I do have a reason to live life fully as if there is no tomorrow.
Mind. Body. Spirit.