Jeanie: Breast Cancer Survivor - CHI Health, Nebraska (NE) - Southwest Iowa (IA)

During a routine visit, Jeanie’s primary care physician, Dr. Eirinberg, reminded her that she was overdue for a mammogram. Jeanie replied that she was just too busy. He quickly rebutted, “It’s 30 minutes out of your life, Jeanie.” Jeanie made the appointment and was later diagnosed with breast cancer. After interviewing doctors and surgeons, Jeanie’s biggest priority was to have a team of doctors who would communicate with her primary physician and each other to ensure the best possible care. After a lumpectomy and 7 weeks of radiation, Jeanie beat the cancer. She found new inspiration in art, a lifelong passion of hers. She kept a journal and sketchbook throughout her treatment to record her thoughts and feelings.

She was recently invited to participate in Alegent Health’s Cast to Recovery retreat at the St. Benedict Center in Schuyler, Nebraska. The program unites women recovering from breast cancer surgery and treatment. It teaches the art of fly fishing which helps build up the muscles that are damaged during breast-related surgeries. Jeanie continues to meet with her doctors regularly to manage her health. She is active as a basketball coach for her 10-year-old son; a CCD teacher at her church and as an artist in the community.

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