October Breast Cancer Awareness

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Finding out you have breast cancer can be traumatic. On January 2nd, 2018, hours after I had a  biopsy, I received a call from my doctor. She said first suggested that I make an appointment with a surgeon. My test came back positive for Invasive Lobular Carcinoma.  The tumor was 1.5 cm. I was stunned! “Happy New Year”!  I was home alone sitting in my makeup studio. Seconds later my GYN doctor called me. Dr. Ruben said “Candee, I’m sorry. I believe you’re going to be fine. I would like you to call the office of Dr. Zandra Cheng. She’s a top surgeon in this area and I trust her and her office.”  I was numb, I just sat there thinking “they got the wrong person.” I shed a tear and call my husband. He was shocked and had no words for me.  I called both sons over, I needed to talk to them face to face. While I waited for them to arrive, I called my sister in Salt Lake City, Utah and my friend, coworker, & confidant to share the news.  My sons arrived after I scheduled a surgical consultation. I stood in the kitchen at the head of the counter with both of them looking at me, I had their attention. I said plainly “I have breast cancer.” I stood there looking at 2 blank faces. I knew then I joined the club. 1 in 4 women in Connecticut have some type of Breast Cancer. I never felt sorry for myself and have looked at this experience as a challenge to overcome. As a makeup artist, I’m in women’s personal space and being able to share my experience and beauty tips to help someone one else is a privilege. This month I will share on my website my journey to date. Please share I’m sending my love to all the women out there that are faced with cancer.   I Love You.


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