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Jennifer’s Story

Jennifer was diagnosed at 39 with Stage 3 Breast Cancer.  Jennifer is a wife to Chris and a mommy to 2 beautiful daughters, Grace and Phoebe, ages 10 and 4.  She underwent 4 months of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, radiation, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy and will have adjunctive therapy for the next 5 years.

“I was diagnosed on November 15, 2010 with no family history.  They say you become a survivor the day you are diagnosed.  I didn’t feel like a survivor but I was determined to be one.

Unfortunately cancer was something all too familiar to my family; my husband, Chris, battled and beat Hodgkins Lymphoma about nine years ago. You would hope that once your family has been rocked by such a terrible disease that somehow it insures a free pass for the future.

In March of 2010, we had finally finished paying off Chris’ medical bills.  I was excited to start a new venture with a baking business in October and then the bottom fell out a month later.

This experience has taught me that there are no guarantees in this life.  This experience has also taught me to appreciate what a wonderful support system I have, to never miss the opportunity to tell someone that I love them, and to cherish every single second with my children and husband.   I have kept my friends and family up to date with my journey through a blog. http://jennifermiceli.wordpress.com/. It has not only been informative but it has also been quite cathartic for me.

I was invited to attend the Beauty Ball 2011 while still going through treatment.  They wanted to help me but I didn’t think I needed help.  I thought getting help would mean that I was weak and unable to do it all.  I was wrong.  The Beauty Foundation was a constant source of encouragement.   It is so nice to know that there ARE people out there that want to help.

Today, a close family friend is having a mastectomy.  I hope that one day there is a cure for cancer but, in the interim, I am glad that I am able to now “pay it forward” to her how The Beauty Foundation has helped me.

Much health and happiness to all.”

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