Ginny’s story with invasive lobular carcinoma was presented in the June chapter of the Breastlink Angels 2014 calendar. Ginny is the director of volunteers at Breastlink Orange.
Breast Cancer Patient Stories | Ginny P.
- Diagnosis – June 1988
- Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
I was diagnosed just two months before Breastlink opened. I was Dr. John West’s first patient.
I had a left breast mastectomy, with no chemotherapy or radiation. Ten months after surgery, I had reconstruction. It has now been 25 years since my diagnosis. After healing from my mastectomy and reconstruction, I began to think about helping others.
I was the first patient to have a support person assigned to me, so I became involved in the Women’s Support Group, which was still in its beginning stages. I was a shy person, so this was good for me, as it is what brought me out of my shell. I volunteered for seven months and was offered the job of Director of Volunteers.
The next year we started a Men’s Support Group and I was very pleased that my husband Ron helped to get it started. He was my rock, and a big help to so many husbands. I’m sorry to say that I lost Ron on January 25th, 2008. Now, more than ever I look forward to helping the newly diagnosed women in their journey. I stay busy at Breastlink, working 4 days a week and participating in evening support groups.
I believe that I am one of the most fortunate women in the world. I was diagnosed in 1988, and in 2014, HERE I AM!!! And, I’ve now had the privilege of being honored for doing the work I so love to do.
While my family, friends, other survivors and I were having fun and celebrating at the 2012 Be Aware Foundation Grape Stomp, I received the Stomp Out Breast Cancer Survivor Award. This was a great event, and it was a great honor for me to receive such an award.
They call this my job, but I call it a very Rewarding Experience. It is a wonderful part of my life and I will always be thankful for it.
I will keep working until there is a cure and I’m not needed here anymore.