In 2003, three months after a “normal” mammogram, Pat was diagnosed with stage 3 inflammatory breast cancer, which is rare and aggressive. She had chemo to shrink the tumor because the cancer was aggressively involving her skin and lymph nodes. After 4 months of chemo, she had a mastectomy, and the surgeon found several tumors. It was also discovered that 14 of 17 lymph nodes were involved. Pat continued with chemo for several months followed by radiation. She was then in remission.
Due to the effects of chemotherapy, Pat had open-heart surgery in 2004. At that time she had been in remission for almost 5 years but was re-diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (liver, and bone). She is currently undergoing treatment for this diagnosis. When asked by her doctor if she ever feels depressed, Pat’s answer is “I don’t have time for that . . . I have too many things to be grateful for!”
Through all this, Pat’s support has been her three daughters (Shelley, Terri, and Jodi), her beautiful grandchildren (9), and her brother and sister and their families. She also has many friends with whom she laughs and enjoys life . . . her life is truly blessed.
Pat’s piece is named Celestial Sky. When she saw it she immediately saw the Patina Pillars and sky appear. She has always loved the night sky and the wonder it holds.