This was posted on the YouCaring site that my family created for me – gives an outline of what happened. The other blog posts are written by me in first person!
After a long recovery from three surgeries to remove melanoma in her leg in 2011, Julie moved from New York City to San Diego where she was ready to embark on a new life. Unfortunately, in November, 2013 she learned that they found a cancerous polyp during her routine colonoscopy. Julie has a history of Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and a sister and father with Lynch Syndrome which is a genetic mutation and puts her family at risk for at least four cancers. (Her younger sister, Laura had colon cancer at age 27 and her dad, Marv recently had stomach cancer but thankfully, both are doing well today.) Because it’s presumed she has Lynch, along with a history of UC, doctors will remove a large section of her colon. While she was dealing with this diagnosis, they discovered large, solid masses in her ovaries which they believe is cancer but won’t know for sure until they are surgically removed on March 14, 2014. If it is ovarian cancer, we are praying it’s early stage. They will also be removing her uterus because she is also at risk for endometrial cancer. UPDATE: Julie was diagnosed with Stage 2/3 Ovarian Cancer and Endometrial Cancer. She started chemotherapy on April 18, 2014 and will continue through August, 2014.
Julie was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when she was only 17. When she realized that mainsream medicine would only suppress the symptoms but not heal the disease, Julie began studying how to improve her immune system through diet and alternative treatments. Despite being told that UC is “forever”, Julie managed to heal her colon after ten years of being sick. She knows firsthand what a difference a nutrient-dense diet and ancillary treatments can make. Julie wants to build up her strength and recover quickly from her surgery so that she can get back to teaching cooking classes to kids and training others how to become health educators!
Julie has worked tirelessly on behalf of children and families for the last fifteen years and is a devoted auntie to eight nieces and nephews (plus many more kids). We need her to continue her important work and playing Chutes & Ladders with her nephew who never lets her win. Julie is already thinking of ways that she can transform this difficult diagnosis into an opportunity to help others in similar situations. Giving back to community and finding meaning in this challenging experience keeps her going, as does your love and support.