Many women who have experienced breast cancer treatments will tell you that when the physical aspects of the battle end, the emotional struggles begin. The adverse effects of the treatments can leave women, their families and their friends in shambles. After their treatments is complete, we believe the first step in surviving the overwhelming exhaustion, is to provide these survivors the relief and
comfort of a well-deserved vacation to celebrate life.
Send Me On Vacation aims to provide a much needed vacation to celebrate life for women with breast cancer who have completed their treatments and need a place to rejuvenate and heal their body, mind and spirit. [member]
Lisa Treible’s Story
October 1999 I had left hip reconstruction surgery, and had gone in for my annual mammogram. The results were shocking and confusing, like all results of “you have breast cancer” are. A biopsy confirmed it was ductal cell carcinoma and it had not travelled to the lymphatic system. The doctor said that we could do a lumpectomy and radiation. The concern was that I have Lupus, an autoimmune disease and the radiation would just kick my butt. So I prayed and decided to do a complete left breast mastectomy, which happened on December 21, 1999.
After completely healing I thought I would leave “good enough” alone, without having reconstructive surgery. I knew I didn’t want anything artificial in me. A wonderful woman whom I worked with had undergone a double mastectomy and the tram flap surgery. My doctor explained that my mastectomy was a walk in the park compared to the tram flap surgery, but I did it anyway. I can say it is not for the faint of heart. This procedure is where they take your stomach muscle and its blood supply and construct a new breast. Then comes the tummy tuck which provides the skin to cover the new breast. It was a successful but extremely painful recovery.
It’s been a long ride. I had an additional biopsy of my right breast years after with no cancer detected. So I wake up each morning and greet the day with thanks and carry on. It’s not surviving cancer that’s traumatic; it’s the days that follow.
Every month this year a vacation will be awarded.
The San Francisco Exchange – SFX Preferred Resorts is the March sponsor for Send Me On Vacation.
Interested in Sponsoring a Survivor?
Contact Cathy Backus at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 858-344-2139.
Send Me on Vacation is a 501 (c) (3) program managed by Corporate Citizenship Charities and chosen by WIN as 2012 philanthropic project. [/member]