Soaking up the gorgeous Southern California sun as I stroll down the street with my sweet shih tzu Banshee. Depeche Mode’s Halo playing in my head. Thinking about how I’ll meet up soon with my husband Paul for a cocktail. Pure bliss. Relishing in these moments is important because you never know where life will lead you.
In 2011, I was planning the future and enjoying travel with my husband, career flourishing and always on the go with friends. However, something wasn’t right. A lump in my right breast kept steering me back to my doctor, who after the standard mammogram, repeatedly said it was just dense tissue. Nothing to worry about.
Wrong. A new doctor and tests proved stage 1 invasive ductal carcinoma. It was a moment that I will never forget, along with checking into the hospital as a cancer patient for immediate surgery followed by weeks of radiation therapy. Then, another diagnosis several years later led me to a double mastectomy.
Thankfully, I beat it both times. Today, due to my own perseverance, my amazing doctors and the support of my family and friends, I am cancer free. My experience, however, left me forever changed. Today, I’m more vigilant about my health. I trust my instincts when I know something’s not right. I’ve also learned to stop and savor great moments, big and small, every day – something that’s not easy to do in today’s fast-paced world. It was during my mastectomy recovery that I decided I wanted to help other women like myself. The result is RavenPink – an essential go-to site where women can find enjoyment and comfort as they go through their own stages of breast cancer and move forward in their lives, just as I am today. Here in my blog, I’ll share new discoveries and favorite memories that come with each day, along with personal recommendations on everything from fashion to recipes and more. I also feature specialty products that I wish existed while going through my recovery, so I used my own breast cancer experience and many years in the fashion industry to design and create them myself.
It is here at RavenPink that I am helping women fight for life. Thank you for joining me on this journey.