My name is Diane Storer-Price. I am a 49-year-old single mom of two amazing daughters; Sam who is 21 and Haley who is 11. On December 31, 2014, I was diagnosed with Stage IA ductal carcinoma in situ breast cancer. It was found through my annual mammogram that I started getting many years before since my maternal aunt also had breast cancer. I had a lumpectomy and lymph node removal in February 2015 and was set to start radiation after I healed.
However, my radiation oncologist suggested I have a breast MRI first. Two MRIs and biopsies later, I learned that there was a large area of abnormal cells that didn’t allow clear margins to be achieved via a lumpectomy. After much thought, I decided to have a partial mastectomy with a reduction and lift bilaterally in May 2015. The tissue removed contained many other foci but I chose to receive radiation rather than chemotherapy. I finished 30 rounds of radiation in late September 2015, and I am currently on Tamoxifen.
Just after being diagnosed, I started to look online for resources and breast cancer organizations to support. After some research, I chose to support Living Beyond Breast Cancer because 85 cents of every dollar they raise goes directly to programs and services for those affected by breast cancer.
My sister Nina was always by my side from the beginning of this journey and after being diagnosed, she reassured me that we would ‘beat this b*tch’ … hence the name of our Reach & Raise team. She is the chief operating officer of Meyer Capital Group, which is a sponsor of Living Beyond Breast Cancer. She and the team at Meyer knew of the amazing people at LBBC and its programs and services aimed at providing information and support.
As soon as I found out about LBBC’s Reach & Raise event I signed right up and started a team. I can’t express how wonderful the day and the whole experience was. There was a certain beautiful feeling and calm that was evident to everyone there. The yoga was certainly challenging but it was amazing to look around and see so many people doing something so healthy while also raising funds that are used for the right reasons!
I’ll be at the event once again this year and hope you can join me.