I spoke with Jamie about her journey with breast cancer. She is truly blessed to be able to look in the rearview mirror and call the whole experience a “bump in the road.” Her story highlights how important it is to listen to your body and trust your instincts, as medical doctors can get things wrong too, and you always have to be your best advocate.
There were a few things that stood out for me. First, it’s surprising to hear how often breast cancer gets missed, given how common it is and how much the imaging technology has improved over time. It is something that I’d like to ask a breast cancer specialist one day to understand why that is the case.
Second, Jamie talked about feeling like she was “cheating on her doctor,” a sentiment not unfamiliar to many of us, especially if you are getting care at these world-renowned facilities. However, as we have heard from Jamie’s experience, it’s more important that the facility is able to provide the best care YOU need, and a second opinion is probably always a good idea.
Jamie was still gushing about how amazing the local facility was after we stopped recording – such as the aromatherapy and music they offered during treatment, the myriad of support activities from art classes to nutritional counseling. She kept saying that it must have been designed by a woman, and I agree, it really sounded amazing. Here’s the link for the Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute so you can check it out for yourself.
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