Written by Felicia DiGregorio, Felicia2D@aol.com Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00
My name is Felicia DiGregorio. I have lived in the area for more than 15 years. Challenges in life take you in different directions. Sharing experiences with others help in the healing process. I would like to share my story of how necessary it is to have a yearly mammogram—no matter what!
Don’t be afraid to get checked— be afraid NOT to!
Just a few weeks after my father passed away, I decided to keep my yearly mammogram and sonogram appointment. The films showed a suspicious tissue and I needed a biopsy. Due to a cancellation that day, I had the choice of a biopsy at that moment or come back another day.
All I thought about was “pasta day” at Robbins Lane elementary school. I have coordinated this lunch for many years and my kids look forward to seeing me on that day. Yes, it sounds ridiculous, but I never thought it would be cancer because I have had biopsies in the past but as I found out—none like this one!
I decided to have the biopsy and was assured that every effort would be made to get me out on time for lunch duty. I contacted my lunch partner and good friend, Ann, to let her know I might be late. Within a couple of hours, I was finally done. They bandaged me up like a mummy and I was on my way to Robbins Lane with moments to spare. Nobody knew what I just went through, my children saw me as usual—it was a regular “pasta day” at Robbins Lane school.
A few days later and minutes before my children got off the school bus, I received the dreaded call. The biopsy came back positive for breast cancer.
I had Ductal Carcinoma In Situ of the Breast (DCIS). Yes, the good type, as I later learned, non-invasive. Soon after, I had a lumpectomy followed by six weeks of radiation and now take Tamoxifen for five years. All the while, participating in school functions and attending meetings for the fifth grade committee. (Yes, that is why I was late for some morning meetings!). Kids keep going no matter what else is going on in life, they are a good diversion.
Annually, I see a variety of doctors and go for an MRI, mammogram, and sonogram. I am so grateful to everyone who helped me through this. I was extremely lucky to have the support of my loving family and wonderful friends as I was also mourning the loss of my father.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
On Nov. 7, more than 150 supporters gathered for MercyFirst’s Annual Harvest Ball held at The Garden City Hotel, raising more than $100,000 to help fund MercyFirst’s programs.
This year, the 2013 MercyFirst Community Partner Honoree Awards went to three Syosset-Woodbury families: The Millers, The Cliffords and The Majoys.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
On a crisp November evening, more than 200 people arrived at Chelsea Mansion at East Norwich for the Syosset-based Long Island Jewish Community Relations Council’s holiday party, entitled “Multicultural Visions, Artists Exploring Identity.” People from all ethnic and religious walks of life mingled under the heated tent viewing art from six local artists, equally diverse, including Manu Kaur Saluja, a Sikh artist from Old Brookville.
Each artist addressed the audience and talked about art and how it reflects their individual identity as a Jew, a Sikh woman, a Latino woman or an African American man. Saluja, a portrait artist, explained to the audience how identity is a very complicated issue. Standing between two portraits of her brother, a cardiologist, one wearing a black turban and one with his long hair cascading down his shoulders, she explained why she chose to paint these two portraits.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Fourteen student-athletes from Syosset High School have committed to play at a college or university next year.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Jericho Celeste Taub, 13, showed that she could run with the big girls (and the big boys!) on Sunday, Nov. 17, as she scored a decisive victory in the Women’s Division of the 5th annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer, a 5-kilometer road race that started and finished at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park.
Taub finished the Run in 20 minutes, 17 seconds, 53 seconds in front of 36-year-old runner-up Kelly Bregou of New York City.