About Cindy Greb and the Breast Blog

Thank you for your interest in breasts!  LOL

Seriously, this blog was begun for a serious reason.   When I first discovered I had “suspicious abnormalities” on both mammograms and ultrasounds, I only told a few close friends.  I found I needed time alone to process my fears and feelings.  Eventually I realized that 1) it helped me to write about all that I was experiencing, and 2) that I knew there were huge numbers of women in the world who were also being told they had “concerning” mammograms.  I decided it could be helpful for others to know there is someone else out there who has gone through the same thing.  I decided that perhaps this was one thing I shouldn’t keep bottled up inside.  (After all, cancer is hidden inside the body and we would prefer that it be out, out, OUT!!!)  I decided I could share some of the things I was learning – about medical procedures, about the medical system, about risk factors, about treatment options, about all the crazy mixed up emotions, about support, about spiritual reflection, about getting clear and finding balance, etc.

My name is Cindy Greb.  I am someone who loves being a woman.  I am a spiritually inclined, blessed and grateful woman who loves nature, people, and this beautiful Earth we live on.

I have spent most of my life in rural/suburban Pennsylvania, an hour’s drive from Philadelphia, but have also lived several wonderful years in the Bay area of California and the Santa Fe area of New Mexico.

I love to teach, speak, give workshops, write, draw, and paint.  I love singing and dancing and ecstatic spiritual gatherings.  I have been a massage therapist for twenty-one years, an interfaith minister for about a decade, and a hospice chaplain, bereavement counselor, and volunteer coordinator for about five years.  (But please do not put me in a box!  I don’t want to be there!!!  As one friend said, “I’m a minister, not a saint!”)

The older I get, the more I am learning how important it is to be my authentic self.  This self would love to share with you and connect with you.  Perhaps together we can take steps toward a more healthy life for ourselves and our planet.

May you be blessed!

3 Responses to “About Cindy Greb and the Breast Blog”

  1. helen Varacallo January 21, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    I too was diagnosed with DCIS. That was 5/1/2008. Because by accident the US tech found another suspicious area on the day of my biopsy, that also turned out to be cancer , I decided to have a mastectomy. Good thing, the pathology study found that my entire breast had DCIS. A lumpectomy and radiation would not have been a cure for me. That was my left breast.
    I yr later I needed a biopsy on my right breast after a screening MRI showed a suspicious area.( The MRI before my left mastectomy was negative even though my entire breast had DCIS )Pathology on the right breast is atypical ductal hyperplasia. Some women choose mastectomy, but I am waiting and hoping to keep this breast.
    I belong to Breastfriends of Bucks County support group. Dr. Dupree helped form this group. My surgeon was her partner Catherine Carruthers. Through The Healing Consciouness foundation I was able to participate in The Healthy Cooking for Life class. It was great. Many other holistic groups are offered.
    I am inviting you to join our group. Go to the Healing Consciousness web site and check it out. We are women ages 30 to 70 who are thrivers. We have fun, but we share the reality of cancer.
    I have to be honest , I worry for you. Lumpectomy without radiation is not standard treatment for DCIS. The radiation is done to kill any cells left behind. Since nothing showed on my Mammo for the second spot on my left breast, and nothing at all on the MRI, but pathology provide my entire breast had DCIS, I believe we need to go the full course.
    Certainly healthy eating will help, but I worry about you using that as a cure .
    When any women is diagnosed with breast cancer, all women are affect. Just want you to have a long, happy life.
    Be well,
    Helen Varacallo

    • cindygreb January 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

      Dear Helen,

      Thank you for worrying about me. I sometimes doubt my decision to not do radiation therapy as well. However, at this moment, I am not being guided in that direction. I have a follow-up appointment with Dr. DuPree in March and promise to consider all my options at that time.

      Thanks also for the invitation to the group!

      PS I want a long, happy life, too.

      • helen Varacallo January 27, 2012 at 2:20 am #

        I wasn’t sure if you would reply, since I didn’t agree you your plan of care. I am glad you did. Everyone’s journey is different and we all have to do this our own way. There is so much support waiting for you . Think about joining the support group[. I know you are in great hands with Dr. Dupree.
        Be well, Helen

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