What to Focus on After Breast Cancer Dignosis as per Kimason" Kiki' Brown?


When Kimason “Kiki” Brown was feeling at her lowest, sick and sore from the surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation sessions treating her breast cancer, her closest friend knew just how to behave.

She stayed far away from Brown’s sore spots, cuddled for hours in their Orcutt home, warned off would-be visitors when Brown was not ready for them and welcomed them into their Orcutt home when she was well for the company.

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“She knew there was a problem. I would cry; she would spoon with me. She’s 12 pounds of affection,” Brown said of her Chipin canine friend RZA.

The pinscher-marked, Chihuahua-sized bundle of affection was supported in her care efforts by an in-depth circle of Santa Maria family and friends after Brown’s annual mammogram turned up breast tissue riddled with cancer.

“It was a shocker. I do mammograms all the time. In one year, it went from nothing to breasts crammed with cancer. It was just about last night,” Brown said.

She would be considered skipping a year, but well-publicized well-check incentive programs reminded her to make her appointment, nagged her into carrying on with her annual routine. And she is grateful.

“Had I not gone, I probably would not be here a year from now. It is something people should do,” she said.

A double mastectomy in October followed by radiation and chemotherapy took down the cybersecurity tech marketing professional. She lost her nails, her hair, and picked up neuropathy, but continued performing from home.

“My journey has been, thanks to Mission Hope, very smooth, but losing your nails, hair, the mucous covering my eyes when my lashes fell out, bleeding nails, that is all been a horrible, horrible, horrible experience that no one can prepare you for,” Brown said.

Now under the care of Dr Dustin Stevenson, Brown has taken advantage of programs offered by Mission Hope Cancer Center. Dignity Health nurses have provided in-home care. Nurse navigators have guided her down the trail through treatment to aftercare. Scarf-tying and make-up classes are godsends, she said.

“The Look Good, Feel Good program was awesome. I did the scarf-tying class twice. It was nice to speak to other women and see them browsing it also. It was nice to possess that camaraderie right off,” Brown said.

The granddaughter of Santa Maria 2020 Citizens of the Year Ori and Gladys Johnson has no shortage of family, but when it came to talking cancer, the going got rough.

“I did not know who to speak to with this. I was shaking. Even the family does not know what to mention, but these women knew because they are all browsing it, too,” Brown said.

She credited the positive daily presence of her care team with driving her forward.

“The team has been just awesome. There have been days I can barely drag myself out of bed, but they are there with smiling faces and just helpful. They suit your mood once you are available and you are feeling personally cared for,” Brown said.

Now she is looking toward recovery and healing.

“I am having trouble with the cosmetic surgery thing because once you first see it, it is not what you expect. It is not pretty down there,” she said.

And there is tons of labour to travel toward reconstruction: radiation, spacers and eventually implant surgery.

“You can keep this diet, but I had been within the middle of a weight challenge, so there is that,” Brown said of the load loss her treatment caused.

“This whole experience has made me consider what is important in my life. The chase of the cash, the mansion, whatever, none of that matters. None of it. What matters to me is once I awaken and that I can see light and I am alive, I even have sun on my face, that is priceless. It is not that I did not notice it before, but I appreciate it now. It is not that I did not appreciate and love my friends and family before, but I am getting to tell people how I feel. I am not getting to await a special day,” Brown said.

As she heals and therefore the widespread clears, she will return to church camaraderie, gathering and karaoke. As her neuropathy is dissipating, she will return to putting together modern miniature dollhouses.

“Cancer is not the end. With individuals like Mission Hope, you can make it and you will be just fine,” Brown said.

Source:syv news

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