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Hartjes XS Casual Breast Cancer White/Pink
Hartjes XS Casual Breast Cancer White/Pink
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For every pair sold, Comfort One Shoes will donate $100 to the Breast Care Center of Washington, DC.

  • Sumptuous Leather or Nubuck Uppers
  • Leather Lining
  • Shock Absorbing Sole
  • Replaceable Supportive Light Cork Footbed
  • Lightweight & Flexible
  • Exceptional Comfort
  • Made in Austria

This Hartjes style is sold in UK sizes:

  • UK 3.0 = US 5.5
  • UK 3.5 = US 6.0
  • UK 4.0 = US 6.5
  • UK 4.5 = US 7.0
  • UK 5.0 = US 7.5
  • UK 5.5 = US 8.0
  • UK 6.0 = US 8.5
  • UK 6.5 = US 9.0
  • UK 7.0 = US 9.5
  • UK 7.5 = US 10
  • UK 8.0 = US 10.5
  • UK 8.5 = US 11
  • UK 9.0 = US 11.5
  • UK 9.5 = US 12
Susan's Story:

I was diagnosed with breast cancer the first time in 1991 when I was 35 years old. My husband and I had three children who were then ages 9  7 and 2.  It was a very frightening time for me because my cancer was an aggressive type and my children were so young. I felt a strange sensation in my left breast so I had a mammogram and then an ultrasound of what looked like a small grapelike cyst. My doctor thought it would go away  but after several months we decided to get a biopsy of the cyst. It turned out to be cancer. I had a lumpectomy  followed by 8 weeks of daily radiation and 6 months of chemotherapy. At that time it was unusual for a woman of 35 with no maternal history of breast cancer to be diagnosed but I did have a history of cancer on my father’s side so I am glad that my doctors pursued a diagnosis rather than dismissing my concerns because “I was too young to have breast cancer."

 I enjoyed many years of happy times with family and friends watched my children grow up to be thriving adults and celebrated 36 years and counting of marriage with my guy.  I was diagnosed with breast cancer again. This time it was a different type of cancer that occurred in the scar tissue of the previous site. Again  I felt an odd tingling sensation in my left breast so had a mammogram and ultrasound to check it out. Though some of my treatment was the same as before  there had been new developments which helped to personalize my treatment plan. I had genomic testing of the tumor as well as genetic testing to see whether I had a genetic predisposition to cancer. Both of these tests revealed that I had a high chance of getting cancer again so I elected to have a double mastectomy after completing five months of chemotherapy. 

My surgeons and oncologist have been wonderful. They were so supportive and helpful as I went through my diagnosis surgery and chemotherapy process. We are blessed to live in an area where there are many highly skilled physicians and excellent hospitals and treatment facilities. Some even offer free classes like yoga and art as well as counseling  support groups and information sessions for patients and their families.

I have a network of amazing family and friends who helped and supported me as I went through my treatment. Book club friends  neighbors and girlfriends brought over meals and went with me to my appointments. My daughters  daughter-in-law  sister  mother  sisters-in-law and nieces came at different times to help out. It was so nice to have support from a wider network because it lightened the burden for my husband and me. We also fell in love with a meal delivery service. My husband finally learned how to cook!

For women who don't have family nearby  there are wonderful online groups offering encouragement and support to people going through treatment. This is another difference from what it was like 25 years ago when I first had breast cancer. Then  people were still mostly reserved and didn’t talk about the “Big C “openly. Now there are social media sites and Facebook groups  along with all of the information available on the Internet.</p>    <p class=""MsoNormal"">I also used integrative medicine to supplement my cancer treatment. I went to acupuncture every week on the day after my chemotherapy appointment. I listened to meditation CDs to help me relax during and after my treatments. I took some nutritional supplements to keep my energy up during the treatments and to help me rest and sleep.

My advice to other women:  Take care of yourself! If you want to be around to see your grandchildren and grow old with your family  it is important to take care of your body. Women often put the needs of children  husbands  bosses  family  etc.  ahead of their own health. It’s not selfish to be proactive and to put yourself and your health first! Trust your intuition. If you feel as if something is not right  or you have a strange sensation or pain  or you feel some lumps and bumps  get checked out. It may be nothing  but you may also save your life. Don’t be afraid of a diagnosis. Sometimes fear keeps us from doing something we know deep down is the right thing to do. We want to put off facing something scary so we say  “I’ll do that after the holidays” or “I’ll wait until I can take a day off of work.” Being diagnosed with breast cancer isn't a death sentence. It's a treatable disease with many variables and options. There are expert doctors who can help you make the right treatment decisions for you and your life. Get an annual checkup and mammogram. Schedule them for the week of your birthday so you'll remember every year.   Adopt the 5 habits of a healthy life: eat healthy foods  exercise and be active every day  get enough sleep  nurture your family and social connections  and cultivate a spiritual life that has meaning for you.  I know I’m incredibly lucky to have full health insurance coverage and can access the best health care available. Many women have limited coverage or no health insurance at all. That’s why I’m happy to support Comfort One Shoes’ effort to make mammograms and treatment available for all women through  Breast Care for Washington. 
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