When Stephanie Bedwell went in to see her doctor in November, the receptionist at the front desk reminded her that she was overdue for a mammogram. Stephanie, a teacher, wasn’t planning on getting her required screenings until summer break, but decided just to get her mammogram over with. A series of tests later, her doctors discovered she had Stage 1 breast cancer.
Stephanie underwent a lumpectomy and radiation immediately, and while her body was responding well to treatment, she wanted to do more to feel like she—not her cancer—was in control. She began doing pilates, juicing, and eating all-organic foods. She felt empowered, and mentally and physically stronger.
In addition to her new healthy lifestyle, Stephanie found support from her care team at Kaiser Permanente. “I just felt like there was a community there to support me,” she said.
For Stephanie, cancer was a blessing in disguise. “Breast cancer helped me reevaluate how I walk in this world,” she said.