Do you know somebody that has been affected by Breast Cancer? Maybe they're currently going through treatment, survived it or even a family or friend of a breast cancer fighter. Many people are affected by breast cancer everyday. Shoot Pink Sessions are to raise awareness & share the beauty in the aftermath.
Shoot Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Eileen is my very first Shoot Pink Cancer Survivor and she is absolutely amazing!
She served out country in the US Navy for 23 years, retired as a Chief Petty Officer, and is now a loving wife to her husband also serving in the US Navy. She has two beautiful daughters. She actually went through her treatment with only her husband & herself knowing what was going on. Talk about brave & beyond strong! I couldn't even baffle the thought of not telling anybody or even having a support system of family & friends to help me. Eileen is so brave & more than willing to share her story to help others.
"I just didn't want to deal with family and friend's reactions & their change in attitudes
toward me because of the diagnosis.
I've seen people change their prospective toward cancer patients first hand on a few occasions."
The Navy doctors diagnosed Eileen with Fibrocystic Breast Disease and submitted consultation requests for her to be examined with a civilian doctor. There they performed a mammogram & ultra-sound. They confirmed a 10mm mass, rated as a BI-RAD 3 (probably benign mass), pending a 6 month follow-up.
In February of 2008 they still comfirmed there was a mass and a biopsy was taken. Still benign. Her next follow-up was June and still was benign but was rated as a BI-RAD lower to 2. She continued seeing her doctor for follow-ups as long as the mass was present, good news was it was still showing benign results until February 2012 it all changed.
Her mass had grown 2mm and showed irregular dimension. Once biopsy came back, her world changed. Malignant - Stage 0. Eileen was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) a non-invasive breast cancer, at the age of 41.
Eileen chose not go through typical breast cancer treatment.
She was in a clinical trial of holistic treatment over & went through it basically alone. She didn't tell family, friends, anybody at work, or even the US Navy. Navy policy dictates that Eileen would've had to follow the chemo/radiation therapy, so she didn't turn in the reports.
Eileen has American Indian heritage & believed in a natural treatment for breast cancer. She did her research & talked to healers about what would be her best route. They agreed upon what medicines & how often to inject into her breast.
After 6 months of natural treatments Eileen went to her next follow-up. There was no sign of the mass & she was told she was cancer free! Since Aug. 19, 2012 she has beat Breast Cancer's booty.
After hearing Eileen's story I was amazed by her bravery, strength, compassion for her family, and her selflessness. I mean she battled breast cancer while putting on a straight face to her children, friends & family! You do not find people like her very often, if ever. I think Eileen is a role model, not just for breast cancer, but what you can do on your own if you have faith in the Lord & pursue your own dreams & wishes. You can do whatever you want if you are brave enough to do it.
So am very honored to be the one sharing her story & battle of breast cancer for other women & girls to take action & raise awareness! Get checked.
"The honor of sharing my story and experience is part of the healing and continued awareness efforts."
"The first time I wore this gown was in April 2013,
8 month after being told I was breast cancer free."
I hope you will help me share Eileen's story & raise awareness for breast cancer. Feel free to share you love & thought for Eileen below.