“ Stay strong, look outside the box, and kick some mAss!!!
Trycia Perry is the “Graceful mAss Kicker”. As a beautiful young bride-to-be and professional dancer, things were perfect. She was diagnosed with breast cancer not once, but twice! The second time around it came back as the dreaded Stage IV variety. She decided that enough is enough, so she would travel half way around the world and to seek her own treatment.
mK: What/ when was your diagnosis? How did you find out about your diagnosis the first time? The second time?
TP: I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer on December 22, 2006. I am a professional dancer, and as I was in a rehearsal, I pulled a muscle in my chest. While massaging the area during breaks, I discovered a lump.
Cut to February 2008. After 2 lumpectomies, chemo, a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction, another lump was discovered in my chest wall by my plastic surgeon. He was doing my final nipple reconstruction and found the recurrence. We found out later that it had also spread through the lymph nodes and blood stream, to the bones and turned to a stage 4
mK: What were your symptoms?
TP: Originally I had no symptoms, so thank God I pulled that chest muscle. During my reconstruction process, I had quite a bit of pain in my sternum, but I thought it was from all the surgeries. The doctors didn’t think to have it checked out. When we found out the cancer had progressed to the sternum, it made sense.
mK: It’s really important to tell the docs everything! So, why did you go to Korea?
TP: I went to Korea because I wanted more than the conventional, standard therapies they were offering me here in the states. I felt very limited with my treatment options and my prognosis of 5 to 10 years. I was 32 at the time, engaged to be married, and I wanted to live! I was introduced to a doctor in Korea through my mom’s chiropractor. His name was Dr. Moon and he was a pioneer in stem cell research. His treatment of stem cell therapy, (using my own stem cells) gene and DNA therapies were my answer to the cutting-edge treatments I was looking for. He is working to CURE the disease, not control and stabilize.
mK: Wow! That is really far! Random question…What was your favorite thing to eat in Korea?
TP: My favorite thing to eat in Korea was kimchi of course!
mK: Of course… back on topic… Who is your hero/heroes/ who do you look up to?
TP: My hero is any person who looks outside of the box and strives to beat the odds. People like Lance Armstrong, Michael Phelps and Kris Carr (Crazy Sexy Cancer) really motivate me and teach me that miracles DO happen!
mK: What motivates you?
TP: Doctors telling me I have 5-10 years to live, motivate me more than anything! On a daily basis, it is my wonderful husband, family and friends.
mK: Attitude is everything! When was the first time you felt like yourself after your diagnosis?
TP: I have to say that it has only been recently that I have felt like myself again. I have been through hell and back, but have had an amazing spiritual journey as well. I got married, I’m dancing again, and I have a new zest for life. I feel like a new and improved version of myself.
mK: What makes you laugh, cry, angry?
TP: I find humor in everything, so EVERYTHING makes me laugh! “Family Guy” really gets me too!
I cry really easily as well. I feel the pain of others, I cry from frustration, beauty and joy.
What makes me most angry is our medical system and the workings of the pharmeceudical companies. I believe they have CURES out there, but are not willing to allow people to have access to them.
mK: What is your guilty pleasure?
TP: My guilty pleasure has to be chocolate. We all know that sugar is a cancer feeder, but sometimes I just can’t help myself!
mK: Hey, we don’t feel guilty about chocolate. Should we? Anyways, if you were trapped by yourself on a tropical island what three things would you absolutely need and why? Let’s say electricity is not an issue.
TP: Interesting question. I think being a cancer survivor allows one to look at this question differently than others. I don’t really “need” things like I used to. And, I wouldn’t look at myself as “trapped.” I would look at it as an opportunity for me to grow, develop and evolve. I would therefore only need food, shelter and water. Although, it would be nice to have my laptop if (and only if) there is Wifi 😉
mK: What do you like to do in your spare time?
TP: I love to read, research, meditate, go to the beach, go to Agape, and hang with friends.
mK: What are you doing now?
TP: I am relaxing before dancing my 4 shows tonight…eek!
mK: Wow, no rest for the weary! Another random question… Can you teach people rhythm?
TP: Hahaha! How much time do I get?
mK: Just curious if rhythm is something you are “born” with or can learn. Anyways, any advice for people that get daunting diagnoses?
TP: Don’t ever look at yourself as a victim. Try to look at adversity as a tool for evolvement.
mK: Tell us something people probably didn’t know… anything.
TP: I do have a variety of talents, but I can’t throw a ball to save my life!
mK: Before we let you off the hook, any parting words for all the mAss Kickers?
TP: Stay strong, look outside the box, and kick some mAss!!!
Thanks for putting up with our annoying questions Trycia! Check out her blog to see what’s going on with her. Get some rest Trycia. You’ve earned it! Hopefully your loving hubby will teach you how to someday throw a ball! j/k…