In 2016 I had my own massage therapy practice in Sarasota, Florida. I was getting to the point in my career where things were really starting to come together. I had gotten offered the opportunity to teach massage at a school of natural medicine to supplement my already existing business. Everything was going well but there was this strange feeling of fatigue all of the time. I pushed through it and figured I could fast it out and do some yoga and feel better in no time.
On January 3, 2016 my sister, Margie received a breast cancer diagnosis. I flew home to NY to be there as a support for her as it was stage four. I had a lump in my breast but had gotten cleared by a doctor in Florida. In the back of my mind, I knew that lump was something to worry about. I got checked again and three weeks after my sister was diagnosed, I was told I have cancer too. My world came crashing down. I lost everything. I lost my job, I sold my car, I got dropped from health insurance. I mean everything. I had to stay in New York to be with family and a support system while going through chemotherapy. I also had to be with my sister, who was in much more serious condition than me. I had a suitcase and nothing else. I was so incredibly lost and more scared than I had ever been in my life.
Margie and I had lived together before and planned on combining our love for natural health and spiritual practices through opening a retreat center. We decided that between treatments we would get together and work on this dream together. With her gifts and mine combined we poured in to a business plan.
Unfortunately my beloved sister, Margie, died on November 18, 2016 at the Age of 35. While I was grieving her loss and going through my double mastectomy, decided to write a book. I began jotting down some memories and things we had gone through.
Without my sister here physically, I want to honor her in ways that shows the beautiful friendship that we had. I am in the process of writing a book about my own process and how I am coming out of it.
Since I have the BrAca 1 genetic mutation I will have to make sure that I live a toxic free life and that I am constantly supporting my body, healing and in touch with my breath and being. Surrender. Let go. Be grateful.