I’ve been in the photo/advertising industry for thirty years, first as a model, then as a wardrobe stylist, hair and makeup stylist and producer. I studied accounting at UMKC. I currently own and operate Chapel Hill Pet Resort LLC and Paws On The Set. We cast and train dogs and cats for movies, TV, video and print ads.
Running my Pet Resort is my daily activity along with taking care of my little herd of Japanese Chin and my husband Clark. He in turn has taken care of me and been my partner and best friend for almost twelve years. I met him in November of 2004 and in January of 2005 I was diagnosed with high grade DCIS from suspect microcalcifications on my second ever routine screening mammogram at 42 years old.
I had a lumpectomy, six weeks of radiation and Tamoxifen for five years. I was treated at KU Medical Center under the care of Dr. Carol Fabian.I spent ten years in their Survivorship Program, visiting the Westwood KU Cancer Center every six months for alternating mammograms and ultrasounds. They really kept a close eye on me. In March of 2015 I was diagnosed with a new primary, same breast but different quadrant. The detection was prompted once again by microcalcifications on a 3D mammogram. I was again early stage, high grade, strongly HER2+++, estrogen/progesterone negative. My treatment this time consisted of a skin-sparing double mastectomy with tissue expanders, three months of chemo, a year of Herceptin and eighteen months of expansion/reconstruction. My reconstruction was complicated by my prior radiation therapy, but my artist plastic surgeon Dr. James Butterworth was able to restore me to better than anything I was ever born with.