Nothing can prepare you for the word “Cancer”.

A breast cancer survivor shares her gratefulness. Your donations help support vital services at both North Star Lodge Cancer Care Center and ‘Ohana Mammography Center that help many patients like Heather.

“After a mammogram and ultrasound at ‘Ohana, I was evaluated by a surgeon who ordered a biopsy.  Waiting on results from the biopsy was one of the scariest times in my life.

I don’t think anything can prepare you for the word “Cancer”.  The diagnosis was ductal carcinoma in situ.  At this point I couldn’t seem to hear anything else that was said.  I felt like both feet were knocked out from under me.  Having to process it myself and then trying to let my children and family know was one of the hardest things to do.

After discussion with my doctors, we planned a full mastectomy, followed by 6 straight weeks of radiation at North Star Lodge and then reconstruction.  After healing from several related surgeries, I was ready for my final surgery. It has been a long recovery. Going through this I was always thankful for the care I received. Thank you for all the care you gave me.

During this time, I shared a bond with some women I will never forget—other patients at North Star. I now have the burning desire to serve and volunteer at North Star Lodge and help in any way I can to continue giving love and guidance to those in need. My fuel in life that keeps me going is to love others where they are. The more that I give of my time and love for others, the gift is no greater than what I get back.”

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