I am ecstatic to say … I AM CANCER FREE!
In March 2014, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, even after a clear mammogram. It missed the cancer in my right breast. Two doctors told me the lump I found 11 days later was “nothing”. Finally, four months after finding that lump, I went to see a breast cancer specialist (a surgical oncologist) — someone whose main job it is to look at breasts all day and specializes in the detection of breast cancer.
A subsequent MRI, needle biopsy and ultrasound also did not detect cancer, but it showed something was not right. We decided to take it out. Thank goodness, because when the pathology from that lumpectomy came back, it was indeed invasive carcinoma, in addition to the less concerning ductal carcinoma in situ.
I underwent a bilateral mastectomy in May with second stage reconstruction in August of the same year. It did spread to one lymph node but thankfully stopped there. I chose not to do chemotherapy or radiation, as both treatments would not benefit me enough to outweigh going through them.
This roller coaster was filled with immensely difficult decisions, but I am thrilled to report that they got it all and I am cancer free!
I will continue to be monitored closely for the rest of what doctors tell me is sure to be a long, healthy life. I remain on an estrogen-blocker to keep any future breast cancer from rearing its ugly head and I am back to all my regular activities. Mom to two energetic, wonderful little girls. Work. Hitting the gym hard-core as always. Happiness. When life gives you lemons, you Gotta Make Lemonade. Please check out the landing page for my new website that my husband and I will be launching soon: www.GottaMakeLemonade.com (
Samantha shares her love for fitness, passion about the country’s leading hunger relief organization Feeding America (www.FeedingAmerica.org) and details about her holiday traditions and how she and her husband will celebrate Hanumas with their little girls. Samantha says,
“What a blast! The ladies of The Mom’s View were so gracious to have me on their show and I loved sharing so much with them. Thank you for having me!”
“SURPRISE! HAPPY 40th BIRTHDAY, SAMANTHA”
Samantha was truly shocked when her husband of nearly 10 years surprised her with a birthday fete, saying:
“Michael pulled off the greatest fake-out ever. I thought we were going to dinner with friends but that I also had a drinks meeting with an endorsement prospect at Caufield’s beforehand. Smart on his part, because that way I wore something more special and made sure my hair and make-up were better than the usual night out — getting ready with our girls under foot! He REALLY got me!”
What also added to the shock value was her family who flew into town:
“Quickly realizing the party was for me, I scanned the room and noticed so many of my friends but most excitedly saw my mom, sister, step-dad and step-sister who had flown in from Minnesota. The icing on the cake was that my sister Aimee, who doesn’t get to town often, got to stay with us for a few nights after the party for some rare quality girl time!”
Samantha didn’t realize just how long her hubby had been planning the soiree:
“When I threw him a 40th surprise party a few years ago, I think I started figuring it all out 2 months ahead. Michael let me in on all the pre-planning details for this party on the car ride home. He began it all back in April with a call to my mom and sister to determine what weekend would work best for them. He is always so thoughtful and this party really exemplified that! I feel like a lucky girl.”
Samantha’s summer issue of Women’s Running magazine
Check it out here!
Read on to also find out why this veteran TV Host just became a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)!
Prepping for this shoot was not as easy as it used to be for Samantha, who has two young daughters. She says,
“It was much harder getting back into shape after baby No. 2. So this time around, I asked a good friend who is a Nike elite trainer for advice on how to firm up — so for 3 days beforehand, I avoided dairy, bread and dessert… and loaded up on eggs, green veggies, berry smoothies with protein powder and chicken & fish. I have to tell you, though, it felt great come the day of the shoot! Then I got to go home and dive head-first into my dark chocolate-covered raisins after dinner!”
This is Samantha’s 10th fitness/health magazine cover (number 11 will come out in October!). Often asked to speak about how she stays in shape and what she eats, Samantha felt it was time to back up all her talk:
“I am incredibly passionate about health and fitness – both for myself and for creating a healthy home for my family. Setting a good example for our girls is important to me as well as being educated about the things I speak about often. So, I went a big step further by taking on a new challenge — study for and take the exam to become a Certified Personal Trainer. I passed with a high percentage! No, I am not giving up my career as a TV Host and journalist, but I wanted to have more credibility when talking about living a healthy lifestyle and getting fitness into our daily lives, as so many of need to do more.”