Just nine months after having her fourth child, mom and successful businesswoman, Julie was diagnosed with a rare breast sarcoma. She was in awe, she says, at how quickly everything moved following that initial diagnosis.
Julie underwent surgery to remove the cancer and almost immediately started an aggressive schedule of proton radiation—40 sessions targeting her chest wall. Only two weeks into radiation, however, Julie had a reoccurrence. Her radiation oncologist acknowledged the rarity of a reoccurrence in the part of the body that was being treated and stepped up the urgency of his proactive approach.
After the biopsy of the recurrence came back as malignant, Julie’s radiation was increased. She received proton radiation twice a day for two weeks. She also started physical therapy during this time to avoid range of motion issues, scar tissue and radiation fibrosis.
Julie had a second recurrence of sarcoma and required surgery and chemotherapy in addition to radiation. In total, Julie endured four surgeries and six weeks of radiation followed by five months of chemotherapy. She paused physical therapy during this time so she could focus on the second recurrence.