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   TBy Sonny Melendrez
o talk to Pat Gonzales, whose infectious laugh has been missing at the Stone Oak Trader Joe’s,
where she works, you’d never know what an ordeal she’s had to endure.
The results of her annual mammogram led to her ultimate diagnosis: Stage 0 DCIS breast cancer.
It was her breast cancer oncology surgeon, Dr. Kathryn Wagner who presented her with the options: a lumpectomy or bilateral mastectomy.
Pat asked, “If I was your mother, what would you recommend?”
Opting for a lumpectomy, the procedure led to the discovery of yet, another group of cancerous cells. The mastectomy was inevitable.
She soon found out that she would not have to face ordeal alone.
Besides Dr. Wagner Pat credits doctor Dr. Ramon Garza of PRMA Plastic Surgery and Dr. Lisa Livingston at Avestee Women’s Imaging Center, with helping and comforting her every step of the way.
“Everyone all along the way has been informative, caring and compassionate.
For example, at the end of my first visit with Dr. Garza, I said, ‘Everyone expects me to curl up in the corner and cry. I haven’t and I don’t have time for that I just want this behind me.’ He very calmly and compassionately said, ‘You do know you can, though.’ I thought that was sweet.”
She is equally thankful for all the love and support she’s received from friends and family, especially her husband, Phil.
“The love and support of my husband has been far above anyone’s expectations. He has been to every doctor appointment, asking questions I didn’t think of. He took care of me during my recovery in ways I wouldn’t think most men could do.”
Gonzales urges women and men, to get regular checkups and never to be in denial about what could be going on with their body.
“In today’s world so many things can be taken care of, especially if detected early!”
Through her radiant smile and positive attitude, she is quick to admit, “I’m still having a difficult time accepting this.”
Recently, Pat Gonzales attended her first support group meeting. Hearing the stories of her fellow survivors made her realize that she now had the opportunity to “hold the door open” for women who may be going through this same journey.
“I want to be that hug for other people. If I can help one person, it will be worth it.”
Sonny Melendrez is
an award-winning
motivational speaker,
Hall of Fame radio/TV
host and author, based
in San Antonio. For more
of his enthusiastic brand of inspiration and speaking information, visit his official site:
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