My name is Jacqueline Schneider, and I will be 51 in March. I was diagnosed in September 2016 and decided on the double mastectomy which was performed in October 2016 followed in December by reconstruction. I returned to work part-time and I am currently in physical therapy for the right arm movement and capsular contracture of my left breast. I know I am very lucky that my cancer was caught very early. I lost my mother to the disease in 2009 at the age of 58.
I found my most support and joy from my friends and neighbors. My land lady has been really great throughout this time while I am dealing with the financial burden of breast cancer. My social worker, Patricia, has been so helpful too. My advice to newly diagnosed patients is to do as much research as you can when you make decisions about your treatment.
There is a light at the end. You can’t let yourself get caught up in the scare. Even if you don’t have family like myself, there are so many people out there that care. There are organizations like Breast Cancer Charities of America that will help you in your time of need. There are a lot of good people out there; you just have to be willing to ask for their help.