My family and I live in Manahawkin and love being close to LBI and all it has to offer. My husband, Matt Matey, is on the Board of Directors of David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation, and we have a beautiful daughter named Samantha.
When I first received the call from my physician letting me know I had breast cancer, I was in pure shock. It never occurred to me that this could happen to someone like me, with no family history and no genetic markers. I was naive, to say the least. I quickly learned that most women diagnosed have no family history. After hearing I was Stage 2, I met with two different physicians, and ultimately chose to have a bilateral mastectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiation. I’m currently in chemo and will still need to complete 25 rounds of radiation and have 3 more surgeries. It certainly is a long road, but the friendships, love and support I’ve found along the way, make it all possible.
Sharing my journey has been very therapeutic and I believe being a patient advocate for DDBCF will allow me to bring to others that same love and support I’ve received.