Sep 17, 2019
In this episode, Dr. JYP talks with Facebook Live celebrity and Cancering Warrior Princess Gina Gregory. Gina is a patient at the Mitchell Cancer Institute and has completed two surgeries, lost her hair, finished chemo and radiation treatment for breast cancer, and rang the bell twice. Her experience makes her an expert to give a detailed blueprint preparing physically and mentally for anyone's cancer surgery and journey. Plus, get those pens out and jot down all the Warrior Princess tips for pre-op planning, dealing with post-op recovery, chemotherapy fashion choices, and making the best out of a difficult situation.
1. Cancer treatment is a marathon, but it can be managed with preparation, knowledge, patience, and a sense of humor.
2. Be proactive in all phases of your cancer treatment.
3. Seek advice from other patients and ask questions.
4. Always get a port.
5.Be open with your doctors and your family on what you need and want for your recovery and well-being.
6. Millions of others have cancer.
Know you are not alone.
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Quotes and Notes
If you are so serious, concerned, frightened, and all of those things, you just, you just have let go and let the process take its course. - Gina Gregory
It's very important to listen to what other cancer survivors tell you. They've been there, and more than likely what happened to them will happen to you. - Gina Gregory
Warrior is a much better, much stronger, more aggressive word than "survivor." - Gina Gregory
Millions of other women have breast cancer; you're going to be okay, just like they are. - Gina Gregory
I rang the bell twice and spent a year of dealing with being diagnosed with breast cancer. I had two surgeries, and I've gone through two phases of chemotherapy and radiation. - Gina Gregory
Just because I have gotten over this portion of treatment doesn't mean that it's ended. Even in remission, cancer is still with me. So, I have to be more proactive. I have to be this Warrior Princess, who is constantly battling this horrible disease. - Gina Gregory
Always a port. Do not even second guess. - Gina Gregory
A blood port is a place that accesses a vein that's always available, and it goes completely under the skin. - Dr. JYP
A lot of oncologists advise patients to keep a port in for up to six months or a year after treatment. - Dr. JYP
All in all my chemotherapy experience was positive. - Gina Gregory
Cancer gives you a lot of perspective because I think everybody goes through very similar things and I think you have to have a sense of humor about all of this. - Gina Gregory
Work out the things you know you will need. Get the wigs ahead of time. I made sure that I had all of the different medications and supplements and other little goodies that people told me that helped them. - Gina Gregory