Battling breast cancer once is ominous enough. But after six years of being cancer-free, Patsy Lindsay was diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer in 2012.
Kaiser Permanente doctors worked with Patsy to develop two-part treatment plan that would ensure her freedom from breast cancer. “The plan was to do surgery and have it followed by radiation,” she explained. “The surgery went extremely well. The radiation I was frightened about.”
Patsy’s doctors understood her hesitation, but reassured her that the treatment plan would do away with her cancer and allow her lead a long and healthy life afterwards.
During the course of her treatments, Patsy took control of her health at home. She altered her diet and began exercising daily. She began taking her dog, Sam, to the park to average 6,000 steps per day. “The technicians would cheer me on on those days when I’d just say I didn’t have the energy to do it,” Patsy remembered. “They’d say, ‘Yes you can.’”
A year later, Patsy is in good health and good spirits. “I was frightened that I would lose my energy level. I was frightened that it would be painful. I was frightened that it would be too scary to do it. And also that my skin was going to really break down,” Patsy recalled. “And actually what happened is none of those things… I sailed through the entire thing.”