I have been fortunate within my practice over the years to be able to provide services to woman newly diagnosed, within treatment, and in post treatment for breast cancer. As a daughter who had a mother die young from another cancer, I was called to be of service to these women and honored by their stories, victories, defeats, hard work, graces, grueling fears and trust that can develop through this journey.
I have sat on advisory boards, attended medical conferences, been a key note speaker, advocate in fund raising, and therapist to women/men and their families. I have also triaged alongside medical and alternative healing community leaders.
I first began this journey when long term patients were being diagnosed and undergoing treatment for breast cancer, including all version of intrusive biopsies and surgeries. After a while I began to see a trend and I got in contact with the best breast cancer doctors and surgeons in Sonoma County. It was at that point that I began to get referrals along with deeper education about the depth of treatment that was effective for my patients.
There are a number of symptoms that seem to coincide with breast cancer and there are ways to help mitigate these symptoms through education, psychotherapy and integrative approaches. The following article was written from a key note speech I gave (shortened and edited for this purpose) for a group of women in the business of wine, many who had been touched personally by breast cancer.