Eileen Z. Fuentes | How Being Diagnosed With Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Connected Me To My Roots
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03 Mar How Being Diagnosed With Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Connected Me To My Roots


Speaker and Integrative Cancer Care and Wellness Coach Eileen Fuentes on how triple-negative breast cancer connected her to her cultural roots.

Wellness and healthy living has become very trendy. It seems as if everyone is sipping on smoothies and doing yoga. While I have always been health-conscious, the messages I was receiving in the media confused me about what to eat and how to live. Like many women, I thought low-fat anything, artificial sweeteners, and highly processed foods were good for me.

It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) at 34 years old that I made it a point to really understand how to eat and live in order to reduce my risk of recurrence. What makes TNBC unique is that there are no targeted therapies to treat it and it has a poorer prognosis as compared to other breast cancer subtypes. While I’d agree with you that this cancer is definitely “negative”, the name actually refers to the fact that the cancer is estrogen receptor negative (ER-), progesterone receptor negative (ER-), and HER2/neu negative. This disease also disproportionally affects premenopausal women and those of African-American and Latino heritage.

The fact that I fit into both categories and had no family history motivated me to look closer at what I could do given my limited medical options. Below are 5 lifestyle changes that I made that were beneficial:

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Eileen Z. Fuentes

After a breast cancer diagnosis in 2008, Eileen became her own Self-Healthcare Activist. She is an Integrative Cancer Coach and works full-time helping patients do more than just survive at Columbia University’s Cancer Center in New York City.

  • Johanny
    Posted at 02:14h, 29 November Reply

    Hi Eileen,
    I was reading your story today. You are such an inspiration….thanks for sharing your story friend. God bless you and your family.


    • Eileen
      Posted at 02:26h, 01 December Reply

      Hi Johanny,
      Thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment and for your kind words. I am equally inspired by you and I’m so grateful our paths crossed but still bummed we were in the same space and didn’t even get a hug in…I’m a big hugger so be prepared for next time.

      God Bless you too,

  • Suzy Rivera
    Posted at 09:52h, 07 January Reply

    Omg! You have truly inspired me! I am so glad Tina shared this link. I surely needed this. I have been going through a couple health issues for years but believe me I think I will never complain again. I pray that God continues to give you the strength to continue to inspire and spread the word that we are all in this together. Omg! Thank you! I have not seen you in years but I know you always brought a smile to my heart. God bless you and hopefully we can see each other soon!

    • Eileen
      Posted at 10:09h, 07 January Reply

      WOW SUZY! So glad to reconnect as well. I’m glad it has given you a sense of gratitude. Being 7 years out and now dealing with women just being diagnosed, I have that same feeling. God bless you too.

  • Eileen
    Posted at 17:35h, 14 May Reply

    Of course I remember you, sweetheart. I’ll never ever forget you. That’s for sure.

    Much Love always!

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