My name is Karen and I was diagnosed with Stage III, Her2 positive breast cancer at 43. I live in Maryland where I enjoy creating my products for survivors, developing training courses and teaching.

WIth my mom and sisters! Three of us have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Never stop fighting.
WIth my mom and sisters! Three of us have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Never stop fighting.

My life was unexpectedly interrupted in 2000 when it was discovered that I had a strange lump in my inner ear that turned out to be a Schwannoma tumor. The tumor damaged my facial nerves, leaving my face partially paralyzed. Three years into my recovery, I found a lump in my left breast. I waited six months before seeing a surgeon (not recommended), only to be dealt another blow—Stage III, Her2 positive breast cancer. Now in the fight for my life, I embarked on an aggressive and intensive treatment that included four surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation. During chemotherapy I was extremely ill after each treatment, lets just say the bathroom became my best friend. It was also difficult for me to eat or sleep after treatment. The doctor’s gave me what they thought would control the nausea and vomiting, but their good intentions were of no avail for my sickness. By my third treatment a coworker noticed how frail I looked and suggested acupuncture. I wasn’t familiar with acupuncture, but by this time I had dropped down to a size 2, so I was ready to try anything. I can tell you this…I made two smart decisions during chemotherapy: 1) I changed oncologist, and 2) I started acupuncture treatment, which eliminated the nausea and vomiting. Next stop radiation – After three weeks of radiation therapy, the skin around the treatment area became severely inflamed. My doctor recommended various lotions, creams and ointments, along with cornstarch, but none of these worked for me. Frustrated, I took matters into my own hands in my own kitchen. After months of researching, mixing, and testing this finally led me to an all-natural blend that not only extinguished my burning skin, but healed it, too. NERAK Natural Essence lotion was too good to keep to myself, so I shared the goodness with other radiation patients who experienced similar extraordinary results.

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