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Tour de Pink West Coast WEST COAST RIDE
 
October 25-27, 2019
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Welcome to Dulce Santiago-Montoya's Page

Dulce Santiago-Montoya 

Before diagnosed with cancer I was healthy woman of 33. I was looking to expanding my family with my husband. I worked full time, enjoyed spa days and worked out daily at the gym. I changed my diet to a pescatarian diet to try to eat less meat and be healthier in my diet and weight.
In March 2015 I was diagnosed with Her2+ stage 2b breast cancer at the age of 33. I had two tumors. One large one and a smaller on adjacent to it. I Started Chemo April 27th with the plan of reducing the tumor size and having a partial mastectomy at the end of chemo. After 16 weeks of chemo I felt like the tumor was growing again. MRI showed the two tumors grew into one and a third was growing. I was rushed into surgery within 2 weeks for a partial mastectomy. The pathology came back and the new tumor was triple negative. So 4 rounds of AC and after that 25 days of radiation as I did have 19 lymph nodes removed.
The treatment center I went too believed I would have better reconstruction results if I waited at least 1 year after my last radiation. So I spent a year not reconstructed, wearing a prosthetic. It was hot and uncomfortable. When trying to plan my reconstruction it was difficult. I know I did not want implants. I didn’t want to have a surgery to put in an Expander to make a pocket for the implant. I spent allot of time thinking about what I wanted for the future. The plastic surgeon I was recommended too insisted on surgeries I was not comfortable with. The first was the Lat flap. Meaning she would take muscle and tissue from my back to re-create the breast. This was unfavorable for me as I am still active. I ride horses, I wanted to get back to working out. Losing muscle just did not sound ok. I then looked Elsewhere and went to a surgery center in New Orleans for my reconstruction. I flew there twice for surgery in 2018. After the second surgery being single and alone was really difficult.
I was finally at the end of this cancer journey but the scars both mentally and physically were difficult to deal with. Time to re-build. Not only working on the mental Bride of Frankenstein but being ok with the physical. You wake up and the skin you are in doesn’t look like your own. But now it is you. How do you re-learn to love you as you are today and not yesterday? It takes time, friends and meditation.
Cancer took allot out of me and from me. Not only did I not feel like myself but Friends walked away, my husband walked away and I had to be strong for my son. Cancer changes your perception of life. Shows you what is important and what is not. Being happy in who you are is important. If it does not bring you joy than you need to focus on bringing joy to your life.
Now I am loving my life. My relationship, my job, my family are all the way it should be. I wake up every day grateful for each day. I couldn’t ask for anything more. It took long hard work to get to this space.

This year I have made an exciting and challenging commitment to participate in YSC Tour de Pink, a three-day, 200 mile bike ride for breast cancer. I know I can do it with your help encouraging me and supporting me with a donation.

Your donation will directly support Young Survival Coalition and ensure that no young woman faces breast cancer alone. YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful. YSC is the only national nonprofit that solely focuses on serving young women under the age of 40 affected by breast cancer. YSC serves over 8,000 women each year with support and education to be their best health advocate throughout all stages of breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and long-term survivorship.

Cancer can be a very isolating disease, and especially so for a young woman who may still be finishing their education, starting a career, and building her romantic and family life. YSC’s supportive services include: in-person support groups around the country, online video support groups, one-on-one peer mentoring, creation and distribution of free educational materials for survivors, co-survivors and healthcare providers, a training program for survivors to amplify the need for expanded research and advocacy, and an annual conference called the YSC Summit. Read more about YSC here: youngsurvival.org

You can view YSC’s audited financials and annual reports online here: youngsurvival.org/who-we-are/financial-information

How will your donation help?

$25 could fund YSC materials at three healthcare providers’ offices.
$100 could provide a Newly Diagnosed Navigator to six women when they need it most.
$250 could allow us to train four survivors to serve as a peer supporters.
$500 could fund a survivor advocate in our RISE training program
$1,200 could pay for two young women to travel to the YSC Summit, an annual conference for young women affected by breast cancer and their co-survivors.

Any amount helps!

As I train for this amazing ride I plan to update this page frequently along with my social media accounts so that all of my supporters can see my progress.

SO, I hope you all support me on this journey and I look forward to sharing it with you all!
Thank you in advance for your support. I truly appreciate your generosity.

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