The Beauty Foundation for Cancer Care is a wonderful non -profit organization that helps raise money for cancer patients and their families to offset expenses they incur which aren’t covered under insurance, including child care, household expenses, transportation costs associated with treatment and other needs from lifestyle changes caused by cancer . To date, this organization has helped over 100 families all over the United States. In addition, The Beauty Foundation for Cancer Care uses their website http://www.beautyfoundationnj.com as a platform for patients to share their journeys. The organization’s has shared an inspiring story by breast cancer survivor Jodee Sarisky below. We would love to hear your thoughts and about your personal journeys.
Hello, my name is Jodee Sarisky and I am writing to you today to tell you about my breast cancer journey with the hope that this story can help other women who are going through or have gone through this extremely difficult experience.
At age 29 I was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Now at age 43, I am a 14 year survivor with a story to tell. I have family history, my paternal aunt passed at age 52 from breast cancer that had spread into her lungs and brain.
In December of 1999 I was diagnosed with DCIS breast cancer in the left breast. The doctor explained that this was an aggressive type of DCIS and that they would need to test the lymph nodes to rule out a suspected micro invasion. Luckily the lymph nodes were clear so I chose radiation on the left breast. During the radiation the doctor found another lump in the right breast. DCIS again however this was a rare form of DCIS. At that time and after considering all of my options I decided that it was best to remove both breasts and have reconstructive surgery with implants. In addition I went for genetic testing and found that I was BRAC2 positive.
After seeing an oncologist he explained that the type of cancer that I had was estrogen receptive and that it would be a good idea to have children as early as possible and then remove my ovaries.
After all of the surgeries were completed my husband and I decided to try to get pregnant. Unfortunately we were unable to do so without the assistance of in vetro infertilization. And hence Triplets!
Going through cancer and then having triplets was an amazing and painful journey. Unfortunately my marriage was not able to sustain the pressure. However my career, family, and friends are still intact LOL.
Anyway the point of this story is that after my divorce I found myself back in the single world. I felt that my body was a mess. I was ashamed of my scars, stretch marks, and wrinkles from the surgeries and pregnancy.
I decided that it was time to take my body back. I began a low carb diet and exercised as much as I could with a FT career and raising the triplets. Even with the dieting and exercise I still didn’t feel sexy. I knew that additional surgery was not an option for me so I figured if I couldn’t change my body I certainly cover the areas I didn’t like LOL.
I met with an amazing tattoo artist and we began to tattoo my story on my body. Please take a look at the photo and let me know if you are interested in hearing the meaning of the tattoos and the rest of the details of my journey. Hope to hear from you soon and thank you for taking the time to read this.
Sincerely and stronger than ever! Jodee Sarisky J