Hello, My name is Selina Parker. Thank you for taking the time to visit our site. My prayer is that through this site you will become better education about breast cancer wellness, prevention, and early detection. Please read below to learn more about my story.
MY FAMILY HISTORY OF CANCER
My entire life I have witnessed several family members on my mother’s side fight cancer. Some have lost their battle and some have survived. My own lineage has placed me at a high risk for cancer. My great grandmother died of cervical cancer before I was born. When I was 14, my grandmother was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer and underwent radiation therapy. My grandmother was one of strongest most resilient people I have ever met. My aunts served as her support partners. One would take her to her appointments to make sure she received the treatment that she needed. And the other would cook her dinner and help make sure all of her needs were met. Together they were the perfect support team to assist her with her healing. When I was 19, my mother was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ in her left breast, which is a noninvasive and uncontrolled growth of cells in the breast ducts and spread to her nipple. It is one of the earliest forms of breast cancer, often referred to as stage 0 breast cancer. She underwent a mastectomy as her treatment. A few years later during a routine biopsy, a mass was discovered in my mother’s right breast. The doctor wanted to perform a biopsy and remove the mass, but my mother being the powerful spiritual warrior that she is knew that a biopsy was not needed because she would be healed and this would be a testimony and a lesson in faith for her medical team. Ultimately, she agreed to have the biopsy a month later and within few weeks preceding her biopsy the mass was gone. Her medical team was shocked at how quickly the mass disappeared. The biopsied the area anyway and found no signs of cancer. When I was 29, my first cousin was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. She underwent chemotherapy followed by radiation over the course of a year. I have watched her faith and determination increase as she fought for her life. Here we are now at the age of 32, 12 years of being cancer free and just 1 year after her oncologist determined that she “was in the clear” and would not have to be monitored so closely, my mother was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ in her right breast. This time it was detected earlier than her last diagnosis. Although the cells are non-invasive, they are very aggressive and rapidly growing so she would have to undergo a mastectomy within weeks to remove the cells before they spread beyond the duct walls and invade the lymph nodes or surrounding tissue. My mother is staying strong and faithful. We are blessed and thankful for early detection. She is not letting the cancer control her, she is taking control of the cancer.
I have watched these three Amazingly Wonderful women beat cancer and they are the inspiration behind the work I do today to empower women to take a stance against cancer. There have been other family members on my mother’s side of the family that have also battled breast cancer and my life’s work is dedicated to them as well.
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
At age 24, during a routine wellness exam, it was discovered that I had stage 0 cervical cancer. My doctor wanted me to undergo an immediate biopsy to see how fast growing the cells were. BUT…I decided to take matters into my own hands. I prayed and meditated like my mother did when they would the lump in her right breast. Within a week, I developed my own 90-day plan for healing that was specific to my body and its needs. I prayed, fasted, detoxed, changed my diet, and stopped using harmful household chemicals. When I went for my biopsy nearly 4 months later, I was told that the precancerous cells were shrinking and I had about 80-90% new cell growth. It was a miracle! In that moment, I knew that given half a chance our bodies fight would for us. We were born with the power to heal ourselves. This does not mean that we should ignore modern day Western medicine, but we should not rely only on this type of medicine to heal our bodies and maintain optimal health. It was after this defining moment, natural health became my passion. At age 30 and with the knowledge of my family history, I finally made the decision to undergo testing for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutation. This test would tell me if I inherited the gene mutation that is linked to breast and ovarian cancer. After 6 long weeks of waiting I received my test results…They were negative! Thankfully, I do not have the BRCA gene mutation. But due to my family history, I am still considered to be at a high risk for breast and reproductive cancers. My grandmother had four daughters, two of those four daughters had a daughter each. I am the only one who has not been diagnosed with breast cancer…and I plan to keep it that way!
MY JOURNEY TO WHOLE HEALTH
My passion for nutrition, natural health, and living a toxin free life led me to the journey that I am on now. I am a Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), the world’s largest nutrition school, where I trained in more than 100 dietary theories and studied a variety of holistic lifestyle coaching methods. Some of my many teachers include: Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil, AnneMarie Colbin, Joel Fuhrman, Barry Sears (The Zone), Neal Barnard, Arthur Agatston (South Beach Diet), Sally Fallon, Mark Hyman, Andrea Beaman, David Katz, John Douillard, Walter Willet, Marion Nestle, Harville Hendrix. I have also trained with the Professional Christian Coaching and Counseling Association to become a Certified Christian Life Coach in 2011. I am taking my health into my own hands. It’s about living a toxin-free and balanced life. I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which I get to share with women of all ages who also have a high risk for breast cancer.
Join me in taking a stance against breast cancer!