When the Doctor Says You Can’t, Do What He Says
After my surgery I could not sleep.
I had never felt this intense and this confused.
I felt like I was at the top of the world and there was no way out.
I couldn’t get up.
It felt like my body was about to burst.
Then, just as I was about two weeks away from going home, I received a call from my husband.
We were sitting in the living room of our apartment building in the Bronx when he said, “I need to do something.”
I didn’t even know what I wanted to do.
My husband was the surgeon and my doctor was the assistant, and I didn’st know what to do anymore.
I didn t know if I was going to be able to finish my job.
After the procedure I went home and cried.
I told my husband, “He should have told me this when I started my job.”
The next day, I was on my phone with a friend who works in the office, and she told me, “Dr. Teller is calling.”
“He is going to get you the best surgery possible.”
I felt the weight of the decision lift.
I needed to know if it was worth it.
The surgery I had was the first time I had undergone a breast cancer surgery.
I was nervous.
I couldnt wait.
The next morning I went into the operating room.
I took off my shirt and underwear, my shoes and socks and put them in a bag.
I closed the door and sat down on the surgical table.
My hands and feet were numb, and my knees were in pain.
I cried for five minutes.
My doctor said, It is not the time for you to cry.
You have been waiting so long for this.
It was time for me to take a big step forward and be happy.
I went back to work, and the next day I went to my mother-in-law and said, Thank you for everything.
She said, You were right.
It is a miracle.
I will never forget the day I was told I had a cancerous hernia.
She started to cry and said to me, Thank God for you.
I wanted the same treatment for my sister-in the operating rooms.
I have two sisters who have breast cancer and have had to live with this pain for so long.
I also know how fortunate I am to have a father and two wonderful sons who love and support me.
But I know that I will always be grateful for what I had before.
I would like to thank Dr. Tellers team for providing me with the best medical care.
My experience at the New York City Breast Center has been the best of my life.
When I began my career, my main goal was to make as much money as possible.
I made about $8,000 per year.
That is a lot of money for me.
Then I decided that my career was more than that.
When the doctor told me that I could make it to the top, I could never have imagined that I would be able do that.
My goal was never about money.
I never cared about making money, or about getting ahead.
I just wanted to be healthy.
I think of it as being lucky.
I am grateful to the surgeon for all the work he did.
I thank my family for supporting me.
I know I will be back in touch soon.
If you or anyone you know needs breast or breast cancer treatment, call the New England Women’s Cancer Center at 800-227-5678.
If there is a way to donate, you can make a donation online at the Breast Cancer Care Fund or you can send it to The New England Cancer Foundation at: http://www.newenglandcancer.org/ Donations can also be mailed to: New England Breast Cancer Center, P.O. Box 1408, Boston, MA 02116.