Julie Grimm – Founder Ready for Recovery, LLC
You never know what’s coming your way, you can only hope you’re prepared for it.
Six months pregnant with my first child, I spoke at my very dearest friends memorial service. She had been battling breast cancer for years. It was awful. It still is and has stirred a fire in my belly and a conviction to never let the disease interfere with my life again.
Ive always been very healthy, I eat well and exercise lots. Living in Colorado, I love the outdoors. How could you not? I even love to sleep. There is no history of breast cancer in my family yet, to be safe, I convinced my primary care physician to order me a baseline mammogram at 37 years old. The results – dense breasts but no sign of cancer! Relief!! I can now shelve my unwarranted fear.
Until 2005 when I was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent my very first surgery ever. My husband Cork and I were raising two baby girls; Sadie, 6 and Samantha, 3. There was nothing in this world that was going to take me from them. Thankfully, the tumor was benign but the experience was terribly frightening.
As life returned to normal I was sure I had dodged a bullet and paid my dues. I was back to work as an account executive at Boulder Magazine, enjoying yoga again, riding my horse and playing in the mountains. Life was good and my most recent mammogram had just came back clean. Until February of 2008.
Just three short years later and to my utter and absolute astonishment, I too was waging war on breast cancer. Overnight I became inundated with complex information to process, terminology to learn, decisions to make, schedules to juggle, medications to track, a family to comfort and an emotional rollercoaster to ride. Needless to say, that fire in my belly was reignited.
I had no choice but to create some type of order out of the chaos and a way to keep track of the endless information, appointments, and treatment options that came my way. I was determined to be educated and prepared for the decisions, the procedures and the emotions I was facing daily. Interestingly, the more organized I became, the more in control I felt and that control gave me the strength and confidence to persevere.
Surprisingly, I’d stumbled upon a new mission in life: the need to share my tool with fellow cancer patients in order to help them navigate their journey with dignity, support and inspiration from someone who has already been there.
Designing Ready for Recovery™ became an important part of my own therapy.
The Cancer Treatment Planner is a comprehensive tool to help patients and their caregivers from initial diagnosis through recovery, no matter what their treatment plan. There is a specific place for tracking everything from diagnosis to pathology to side effects, questions and notes. Ready for Recovery Cancer Planners organize patients, enhance caregiver communication and support a patient’s preparation for each medical appointment. They inspire, guide, create community, lessen isolation and give survivors prompts to help them create an even better daily life for themselves after cancer.
Who knew breast cancer would be a blessing. Six years later, I am cancer free I am pursuing my passion helping cancer patients across the country and in so feeding my soul in a way I’ve never before. Life is good!