Suzanne is casually in style in a Johnny Was Tilly buttonback plaid shirt with floral embroidery, $209, and underneath a Coobie ivory bandeau, $18. JAG JEANS Carter Girlfriends ankle jeans, $84, and Cross fashion necklace, $18, earrings, $54, and BED | STU Driftwood Booties, $229, finish the look. Courtesy of Cloz to Home, Loveland.
Suzanne Wolf My story begins in November 2016, I was 49 years old. While lying in bed with my husband I discovered a lump in my left breast. It was firm and unmovable. I knew from my prior experience working at The Women’s Clinic that it was not a good sign. The next morning, I called my OB Gyn, Jennifer Reeve, at The Women’s Clinic and she got me in right away for a breast exam. Dr. Reeve immediately scheduled an appointment for me at the Breast Diagnostic Center for a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound. I waited two weeks for the appointment and tried to keep my concerns to myself. The day of the appointment arrived and, soon after the mammogram and ultrasound, the radiologist sat down with me and asked if I could return the next morning for an ultrasound guided biopsy. I returned the next morning with my husband, Ron, the biopsy was performed and I was told the results should be back by Monday. Silently I knew I had cancer. I just didn’t know what kind or what stage it would be. The weekend came and went and I went to work that Monday. I currently work for Dr. de la Torre at Allura Skin, Laser & Wellness Clinic. In addition to Dr. Reeve, I added Dr. de la Torre to the doctors to receive my test results. Around 10:00 a.m., Dr. de la Torre asked me to come into her exam room. I can remember seeing the regret and sadness on her face for what she was about to tell me. In the most loving and gracious way Dr. de la Torre told me I had cancer. I’m so grateful to this day that it was her that gave me the news. I felt loved and cared for by her and it somehow made it more bearable to hear that I had cancer coming from her. She hugged me and told me that everything was going to be ok and sent me home to tell my husband the news. Hearing that you have cancer is difficult. However, telling my mom, who had already lost my dad to cancer at age 53, both my brothers and my sister-in-law, seemed just as difficult. I thought to myself, how do I tell my mom that her only living child is now in harm’s way of cancer. It was difficult but she’s the strongest woman I know and was ready to fight with me. Within a couple of weeks I met with Dr. Datko and she explained that my cancer was hormone-receptor positive. A bilateral mastectomy would soon be in my near future. Next, I met with my general surgeon, Dr. Craig Clear, who immediately gained my trust and told me he was going to do everything he could to help save my life. I left his office with peace, knowing he would be a man of his word. Next, I met my plastic surgeon, Dr. A. Mark Boustred, and his nurse, Amanda Lee. We all instantly connected and I knew I had made the right choice in all my doctors. I had a team of cancer fighting warriors on my side. With my husband, Ron, my mom, my daughters, Brittany and Brandi, and my sons, Kegan and Gunner, by my side I was ready to start the long journey of surgeries and recoveries. I remember feeling grateful that the cancer chose me and not one of my daughters or sons. On February 6, 2017, I had a bilateral mastectomy and started on my path of reconstruction and healing. On May 3, 2017, Dr. John Crane performed a total hysterectomy. On July 5, 2017, Dr. Boustred performed a total reconstruction. I could go on for days about Dr. Boustred and Amanda Lee and what they have done for me. They gave me hope that I would look normal again. There will always be good days and bad days with cancer. Because of my faith in God and the love and support of my family and friends, I am a survivor. My diagnosis changed my life in every way. Each day is such a gift and should be lived to the fullest with the people you love. My body will be forever changed. Although I have many scars, I don’t see them as most may see them. I see them as my battle scars. God only chooses His strongest warriors to go to battle, and I have fought hard. God has a plan for me and I accept whatever that may be. God always knows and is in control. My husband has been the most important person through all of this. He took care of me through all my pain and suffering. Every day he told me I was beautiful and that he loved me and would always be by my side. He followed Dr. Boustred’s CONTINUED ON PG 50
Published on Aug 31, 2017