What is your name?
How long have you been coming to our office? How did you hear about us?
I’ve been seeing Dr. Anna for 9 months. I heard about Dr. Anna & Be Well Chiropractic from one of my friends who has been seeing Dr. Anna for years. My friend recommended Dr. Anna for years and I just can’t believe I didn’t come see her sooner!
What was your quality of life like before seeking chiropractic care?
My quality of life was good, I’ve always been active and healthy-ish, but I began noticing some aches & pains. I started having neck problems & found out I had a herniated disc. I saw an orthopedic and he immediately wanted to do disc replacement surgery, which I knew I didn’t want so I settled for physical therapy! (This is when I should’ve visited Dr. Anna) Fast forward to August 2021, I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. It’s been quite a whirlwind these past 9 months, but I remember almost immediately after getting diagnosed my friend mentioned (again) that I should see Dr. Anna. This time I listened & didn’t hesitate…and it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made!
What solutions did you try before coming in?
For my neck, I tried several weeks of physical therapy. I made progress with movement, but little improvement with pain management and posture.
But being diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer at 43 years old has been unknown territory for me, nobody in my family has had breast cancer. I knew I needed modern medicine, but I also knew I needed to add a holistic, self-healing approach as well.
How has chiropractic care helped your health and changed your quality of life?
Visiting Dr. Anna has been a consistent part of my healing. Since my first appointment she has explained to me that if your body can make it, your body can take it away. Throughout my cancer treatments, visiting Dr. Anna was just as important as receiving my chemo treatments. I believe her expertise helped me reduce side effects of chemotherapy, as well as promote healing throughout my body. I have had 6 months of chemotherapy and double mastectomy surgery with reconstruction, which Dr. Anna was able to adapt and still adjust me after surgery. Dr. Anna not only helped me stay positive throughout treatment, but also helped me focus on healing rather than focus on being sick. I am proud to say that with the help of amazing doctors at Northwestern (that fully support this combined approach) and the help of Dr. Anna…I have recently received a complete response to treatment and I am cancer free!
What do you love the most about Be Well, Dr. Anna, and the staff?
Ohhhh where do I begin…I love Be Well, Dr. Anna & Kirsten so much I have started bringing my husband & kids to start seeing her. Dr. Anna brings a sense of calm, the feeling of confidence, and a wealth of knowledge that just makes you feel so good. I am forever grateful that she has been such an important part of my successful cancer journey. As I said before, my only regret is not seeing her years ago, but now I’m here to stay! She has educated me on so much- intermittent fasting to reduce chemo side effects, our central nervous system, clean eating, trusting that your body can heal itself. Everyone who knows me knows about Dr. Anna & how important my appointments with her are…I’m so thankful to be part of the Be Well Chiropractic family!