Acupuncture and other integrative therapies help breast cancer patients and survivors

After surgery in 2014, Beth Wagner, Lovelace Breast Care Center patient, was left with one major reaction. “My lumpectomy was nothing compared to my lymph node surgery, which left me with extreme numbness all over my arm,” Beth shares. “I would get out of the shower crying because I would reach with soap to my underarm and it would feel like it wasn’t even there.

A battle with breast cancer and a bus

When Melissa Young and her husband Jon decided to build an enormous bus for a fine dining mobile bistro, they did not realize how many obstacles they would face along the way. In July 2014, they bought the bus they intended to work on. The following October, Melissa visited her primary doctor, and discussed how strong her family history of breast cancer had been. “My mother and my two aunts on her side have all had cancer, along with my grandmother on my father’s side,” explains Melissa.

When breast cancer returns

Molly Lannon, 70, appreciates the little things. The beauty of a morning hike. Her hands hugging a warm cup of coffee. A deep breath at the end of a restorative yoga class. “It’s just right there, but you have to open your eyes to it,” she explains of her perspective on life’s treasures after facing breast cancer not once, but twice. “You don’t take things for granted. You make the most of every day.”