My journey began on October 17, 2007. A routine check-up ended up having an ultrasound followed by a biopsy, all in the same day. I work at the Center for Breast Care at Waukesha Memorial. I like to say that I received extra special treatment because of that, but I can’t. I was treated like any other patient only now I was also the patient. I went through chemotherapy and radiation due to my cancer traveling to my lymph nodes. Going to work everyday was my therapy, to fight. I was able to speak with other women that were experiencing the same thing I was going through. I truly could tell them I know what you are going through. My mother passed away seven years ago from breast cancer. I have gone through genetic testing and I don’t carry the gene. For this reason I decided to get involved in the Rare Chair Affair. We need to end this disease for my daughter, my granddaughter and all other women and men.
Dawn’s Chair: Garden Party
Spring is my favorite time of the year. I love how all of the plants come back to life – in a way they are reborn. I feel that my experience is in a way a rebirth. I have sprung back up and I’m ready to bloom again. I have enjoyed so much working with an amazing group of women who have all in one way or another also had to opportunity to bloom again. I lost my mother to this disease 7 years ago and never in my wildest dreams did I think that 5 years later I would be experiencing this battle myself. I have been fortunate to have been working in the Center for Breast Care at Waukesha Memorial for the last 7 years. I see too many women who are going through the same experience that I have. We need to end this disease now. Let’s have spring all year round. I want to thank my husband Jim who I believe is also a survivor. Thank you for all of your help – without you I couldn’t have done it.