2,444 days after diagnosis: A joyous journey for breast cancer survivor Lisa Wolfe
What can testing and targeted treatment mean for a breast cancer patient?
For survivor Lisa Wolfe, it means seeing her baby granddaughter come into the world. It means celebrating the upcoming high school graduation of her two youngest children and spending her days with the love of her life, her husband, Stephen.
“Life is awesome,” says Lisa, a six-year breast cancer survivor. “I have a beautiful granddaughter. My business has taken off. And I am still alive. That’s the best thing ever.”
Lisa, 45, was diagnosed with HER2-positive invasive breast cancer when she was just 39. Biomarker testing identified her as a candidate for targeted treatment.
The journey was long and difficult, but Lisa has found joy on the other side, thanks to the right diagnosis and treatment coupled with her own resilient spirit, strength and humor.
These days, Lisa’s 10-month-old granddaughter, Cooper, breaks into a toothy grin at the sight of her grandma. The two dance around the family’s kitchen, and splash in the backyard pool.
“It makes me cry, being with Cooper,” Lisa says. “I really didn’t think I would live to see a grandbaby.”
During the darkest days, when chemotherapy, radiation and surgery left her exhausted and the future was uncertain, Lisa managed to keep her sense of humor, setting the tone for the family. They survived, grounded in love.
“At the time of my diagnosis my children were 11, 12 and 18 years of age,” Lisa said. “I’ve always been a straight-forward person with a strong sense of humor. So I wanted to keep the tone light. I told them this is a treatable diagnosis, and we would take it one day at a time. And that’s truly what we have done – 2,444 days later and counting.”
“She’s a conqueror,” says Lisa’s daughter Ashley, 25. “I just love my mom. I’m so glad she’s here. I can’t imagine my life without her.”
Lisa is her happiest surrounded by her growing family, with Cooper and Ashley’s husband, Blake, joining this spirited bunch. “The family table gets bigger and bigger,” she says.
Lisa’s cancer journey has impacted the lives of these three generations of resilient women. Ashley and her sister, Amanda, 17, urge their friends to do monthly breast exams.
“I talk about breast cancer to anyone who will listen,” Ashley says. “Get checked.”
Lisa, who owns a busy pet care business and works alongside her children, looks to the future. She’s excited to see what’s next for Amanda and her son Aaron, 18, who graduate from high school this year.
She’s thankful for good health, and shares a message of hope.
“You can overcome this. You can survive.”
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