Monica a vibrant career professional in New York City, who recently had just moved from Florida, but was originally a New Yorker. Making herself acquainted in Queens. Settling in with her family and matriculating her children into school. Terribly busy and always initiative-taking with her and her family’s health.
She previously worked for a hospital in Florida who made it part of their standard operating procedure and general office protocol to have the employees in her department receive yearly mammograms, which in her case were always negative.
In the process of her moving, she missed the examination for that year and while changing careers her appointment lapsed when she was due for her mammogram. In a self-discovery, she came across something that would change her life forever.
At 37 years old Monica discovered, that she had a lump in her breast. Immediately she had her self-checked out and it was determined that she had Breast Cancer Stage 2B; had she not let the examinations lapse she may have caught it before it had gotten so serious.
Stage 2B, describes “breast cancer in which: the tumor is larger than 2 cm but no larger than 5 cm” (Breast Cancer, 2020)
Monica underwent many procedures that changed her life forever. These procedures included and were not limited to: chemotherapy to shrink the two large cancer cells, full mastectomy, and followed by the radiation. She has now been cancer free for the past four years, thank GOD! Now, Monica is a self check activist,”learn your body and feel it.”
The cancer hit Monica and her family fast, and hard. Her life was immediately impacted by this and thankfully she found a lot of support with her family, friends and job who sponsored her during the annual Breast Cancer Walk, walking with Monica’s Soldiers.
Currently, her good friend is walking in her honor and you can provide sponsorship in the name of Monica Patino, a survivor of Breast Cancer, who is still fighting every day and staying strong and finding peace.
Stay Healthy (Breast Cancer, 2020)
#AskHer – Atlantic Health System’s #AskHer campaign encourages you to ask the women you care about to schedule their annual screening mammogram, or take the initiative and do it for yourself. Early detection saves lives. (Atlantic Health Systems, 2020)
WebMD – You can get a free mammogram every 1 to 2 years if you’re over age 40. (WebMD, 2020) and
CDC – Find a Screening Program Near You (CDC, 2020)
Importance of October 23 – wear PINK and show support all over the world!
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Atlantic Health System. (2020). Mammography & Breast Imaging. Retrieved from Atlantic Health System: https://www.atlantichealth.org/conditions-treatments/radiology/mammography-breast-imaging.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjwoJX8BRCZARIsAEWBFMLqPXgZIPjN_rRV7O8g-0BMO9RZyVhQrWQr7dSG6S_da5admIkw9IEaAobxEALw_wcB
Breast Cancer. (2020, October 13). Stage IIA & IIB Treatment Options. Retrieved from Breast Cancer: breast cancer in which: the tumor is larger than 2 cm but no larger than 5 cm
CDC. (2020). Find a Screening Program Near You. Retrieved from Center for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/screenings.htm
WebMD. (2020). Free Breast Cancer Screening & Prevention. Retrieved from WebMD: https://www.webmd.com/health-insurance/free-breast-cancer-screening#1