Julie, a proud owner of two Hand and Stone Massage and Facial spas located in Vancouver Washington, was sadly diagnosed with Stage 2, triple positive breast cancer in September of 2018.
"The hardest part of this whole journey was having to tell my family, friends, and colleagues because I knew my life was about to change," said Julie.
Because HER2 - positive cancer is aggressive, she instantly started her chemotherapy treatments, then underwent a lumpectomy and radiation treatments.
In October of 2018, 2 treatments in, Julie was committed to attending the Hand and Stone annual conference. Doctors told her to not be around many people because of the chance that she would contract a virus or infection; that didn't stop Julie from traveling and attending the Hand and Stone Conference. "I'm not going to live my life in a bubble," stated Julie.
Shortly after conference, there was a breast cancer symposium where they announced that her specific type of cancer was selected to be part of a new treatment standard giving her the chance to reduce the risk of invasive disease reoccurrence. In December of 2018 the cancer treatment was approved by the FDA.
Julie started the new treatment in May 2019. Not once during her treatement did she stop being a mother to her 4 children; she attended all sports and school events, worked two jobs and successfully purchased and opened her second Hand and Stone Spa. Thanks to the love and support of her family, friends and fellow Hand and Stone colleagues, Julie was victorious at not letting cancer change her plans and goals.
She appreciates all the research that the American Cancer Society conducts and each step they take is helping cancer survival rates. "The partnership with Hand and Stone and the American Cancer Society has the power to help others," stated Julie.
The great news...as of October of 2019 Julie, is currently cancer free.
Hand and Stone is thrilled to partner with such an outstanding organization and looks forward to bringing the power of our 400+ spas to work to help the American Cancer Society attack cancer from every angle! Stay tuned for more details from your local spa, or for ways you can help now, go to https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign-manager/edit/michellewolf2/hand-andstoneamericancancersociety/campaign