Just a short time ago, in April 2011, Cindy Rose was diagnosed with Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a type of cancer present inside milk ducts within the breast.
Unfortunately, while performing a lumpectomy, doctors discovered her cancer had advanced much more than they expected, and Rose would require a second surgery to complete the procedure.
“Because it had spread, we decided to go with an aggressive treatment plan,” said Rose. Unfortunately, this plan included six months of chemotherapy followed by another six months of herceptin. An infection caused a delay in treatment, dragging her recovery out even further.
“I’m now two-years out and feeling great,” she said, and she strongly believes that the team at Penrose Cancer Center and Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers were a crucial factor in her treatment and recovery.
“Everyone on the team is incredible,” she said. “You have a community around you and that gave me a significant level of comfort.”
Rose confesses that she was initially a pretty difficult patient. “I was mad,” she said. “It was everyone else’s fault.”
In fact, right away she let her oncologist, Dr. Timothy Murphy, know she would not be having chemo. “After he went over all of the information and statistics, I just had to accept, I was having chemo,” she said.
A special program at Penrose Cancer Center called Integrative Therapies provided Rose with an exceptional way to focus on reducing stress and to be proactive during her treatment and recovery process.
“We had weekly classes, the same day and the same time, and they taught us ways to cope,” said Rose. “The classes included nutrition, exercise, Reiki and more.”
Through Integrative Therapies, patients are trained in a wide array of techniques and tools that are helpful not just during treatment and recovery, but in the days to follow as well.
Rose greatly appreciated the chance to learn how to be accountable in her healing “rather than be a couch potato.”
“Everyone in the class is a cancer survivor,” said Rose. “They help you realize you are not the same person you were before and to understand setting goals to establish and accept your new normal.”